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| Outside of show production, what a waste of money. This school is all about the sell. The accelerated degree is appealing but not worth compromising an actual education. I worked my ass of while I was there and have honestly gained very little practical knowledge. Since you'll be competing for jobs w/people w/degrees from 4 year schools why not just get one? There are reasons that educations take as long as they do.|
I had a few excellent teachers but overall the teachers were rude, condescending and self absorbed or full of it. I had a few who would openly mock students and boast of how excellent they themselves were with the program. How ironic that they didn't realize that a student's lack of understanding was a direct reflection of their teaching ability.
I wish that I had simply purchased the books for the programs we "studied". Avoid FullSail. It's a complete rip off. You'd be better off in a four year program or an internship.
Avoid FullSail. You'd kick the tires on a 30k car, why not a 60k education?
|Jun 13 2005|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2004 |
| I went to Junior College and a four year university before coming to fullsail, and fullsail has been, without a doubt, the worst educational experience of my entire life. Do not come to fullsail. I just wish there had been someone to tell me just how much of a waste of money this place is, and I sincerely hope that you will heed this warning. I feel like I've been had, and I'll be quitting before the end of the program just to save the little money that I can. This place is that useless. Don't make the thirty-some thousand dollar mistake I have made. I feel like the only good that can come out of my experience is that I can tell other people not to buy into this place. If you are looking into this school as a place to go, please listen to me. Don't. There's a condescending know-nothing faculty full of former freelance wedding photographers that the school calls "industry professionals" who treat each course as their own personal stand-up comedy hour. Every class is a complete waste. And that is no exaggeration. The school makes its own textbooks, which are cheaply bound and filled with typos and misspellings. One of the textbooks consists of photocopied pages of a lighting company's online catalogue printed off the internet! If you have some kind of problem or complaint with the school, forget about it, it takes a week just to get a response, and that's if you go through a student advisor. If you have any kind of brain, you will want to scream, sitting in class as the instructor rattles on about how much he/she loves Star Wars or what he/she did over the weekend. I kept thinking this place would get better, but it hasn't, so I'm leaving. I'm just going to have to eat the money I've spent so far. This has to be the biggest racket going in the world of education. It's a school for fools, full of fools and idiots who bought the line of bull that they push. I am one of them. Please, don't you be one too. |
|May 11 2005|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2005 |
| Lets start at the beginning. Your admissions rep is going to give you what is generally classified as a soft sell, meaning that they will not really push you into doing anything. After a few conversations they will more or less make a statement along th lines of "you need to get moving" or "this school isn't right for you". Both answers may light a fire under you to enroll. Many of them will mother you until you are enrolled, calling you frequently just to "chat". They are building trust, be careful where you place it. Once you are in school you will get personal attention to your legitmate concerns from very few teachers, citing that they need to focus more on the class as a whole. By the time you graduate you will have done a lot of things but not had nearly enough time either in class or on the gear to truly feel comfortable presenting yourself as a viable asset to any project in the real world. Even though they state that you will learn you every aspect of whatever degree program, the truth is they only go an inch deep into the ocean of the field. Once you graduate they say that they will help you find a job. They make it clear that they will not give you a job, just the tools to find one, however their lead bank is full of the bottom of the barrel, unpaid jobs that will never, and I mean never, roll out into something remotely decent. When I graduated I spent literally days speaking with the placement department attempting to find anything that could prove to be a positive lead. Even years later now, I haven't seen one decent lead. Every job that I've had since post-graduation I have gotten on my own. Even once I completed my internship (again that I found on my own) they tried to take credit for my work. They didn't help with any of it. All the statistics the school will throw at you to make them look good are drastically skewed (remove at least 30% from any number they give you).|
In all Full Sail will give you a glimpse of what the industry really is and in no way is a "Real World Education". On average class sizes range from 40-150 people. Do you really think that all the money is being put into your education. Think more realistically, it is going to those who bring in the dollars and for those who sit in their comfy offices and look at the empire they have built and deceived thousands of people to buy into.Avoid "Full Sail Real World Education" at all costs. The money is better spent on manuals.
| Starting Job: Director of Photography, Preparedness: D+, Reputation: F |
|Mar 24 2005|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |