Creating the Creative Class
By Casey Tanous
Celebrating 35 years as an award-winning educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment and media industry, Full Sail University continues to expand its degree program offerings, while gaining recognition for providing a one-of-a-kind educational experience to its students.
In 1979, Full Sail began as a place where people could learn how to take their passion for entertainment and turn it into a career they loved. It started with music and sound, but grew to fit the dreams of its students until it was bigger than they could have imagined. With foundations in real-world education, the University’s degree programs range from music and recording, to film and television and emerging technology and systems engineering, to name a few.
Today, people from around the world seek out Full Sail, both on-campus or online, to pursue their educational goals. They come from 50 states and 73 countries; in fact, 69 percent of campus students are from outside the state of Florida.
Real World Education
“By providing a unique and innovative curriculum focused on merging creativity and technology, we prepare our students for future careers in the entertainment and media industry,” said Full Sail President Garry Jones. “This approach to education – both on campus and through our online degree programs – is what fuels our educators, students and graduates to continually strive for success. It is a tremendous honor to once again be recognized by Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges (FAPSC) as the 2014 School/College of the Year.”
Full Sail’s campus is equipped with industry-standard technology and its instructors and faculty have experience working in the fields they’re teaching. The accelerated degree programs not only serve to get students out into the industry in half the time of traditional schools, but by using 40-hour weeks and 24-hour schedules, the programs prepare students for the tough deadlines and intense creative demands of the entertainment field.
“We are proud to be included on the Princeton Review’s 2014 Top Graduate Schools to Study Game Design List,” said Rob Catto, program director of game studies at Full Sail. “The incredible careers our graduates have built out in the industry, and the continued passion for gaming found within our faculty and students, is a testament to the education we provide throughout our graduate gaming degree programs.”
Learning at the Pace of Innovation
Since the world of entertainment media is constantly innovating, so is Full Sail University; its programs are designed to keep on pace with the needs and evolution of the industry. Just a few of Full Sail University’s affiliations that have led to unique real-world learning opportunities include: WWE, Mojo Brands Media, ESPN and Vans Warped Tour.
The University’s philosophy is to give students a complete education that brings together hands-on experience, traditional classroom work, and industry-specific career development throughout their education. Full Sail graduates have worked behind the scenes for many of the world’s most well-known corporations and widely acclaimed releases, including, Beyoncé, Boardwalk Empire (HBO), Game of Thrones (HBO), Gravity, Jay Z, Paul McCartney, and The Walking Dead (AMC).
As the years go by, the dream continues to grow, and Full Sail University continues to be humbled by the success of their graduates as well as the dedication of their students, teachers, and mentors, all of whom contribute to making Full Sail one of the most unique educational communities on the planet.