Full Sail University, founded in 1979, is a trade school that is known for its culture of passion for innovative style of education. Building upon its success on providing education for those interested in pursuing careers in music and sound, they have grown to offering other courses all relating to careers that can be used in the world of entertainment. Testament to the schools mission of providing innovative and quality education to their students are the many accolades it has received, not the least of which is the 21st Century Best Practices in Distance Learning that was awarded to them by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA).
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Currently, the school has over 15,200 students enrolled and has seen more than 36,000 students graduate since its inception 30 years ago. Located in Winter Park, Florida, Full Sail University nevertheless has an international student body thank primarily to its strong online programs. These students learn their craft inside more than 110 studios and production environments.
Full Sail University offers 37 degree programs administered by six schools: Film School, Art School, Music School, Game School, Business School, and Design School. On-campus programs offered at Full Sail University are Associate degree programs in Graphic Design and in Recording Engineering, Bachelor’s degree programs in Computer Animation, Creative Writing for Entertainment, Digital Arts & Design, Entertainment Business, Film, Game Art, Game Development, Music Business, Recording Arts, Show Production, Sports Marketing & Media, and Web Design & Development. Master’s degree programs in Entertainment Business and Game Design are also offered.
Full Sail University also offers almost all of the above programs as online degree programs. However, there are other undergraduate degree programs available online as well as a good number of Master’s degree programs, and even 2 Graduate Certificate programs.
Tuition rates at Full Sail vary greatly depending on the program enrolled at with tuition rates for undergraduate degree programs ranging from $435 to $647 per credit hour. Master’s degree program tuition rates range from $663 to $802 per credit hour. Note though this this tuition fee already includes expenses such as textbooks, manuals, media, production materials, lab fees, technology fees, and other associated costs. This does not include, however, the cost of Project LaunchBox – an Apple computer and software package that is given to students.
Financial aid is available for eligible Full Sail students, and mostly in the form of loans and grants. Full Sail also accepts most military and national tuition benefit programs, including Veteran Affairs, Department of Defense, and US Student Financial Aid. A good number of scholarships are also available to eligible students. Scholarships currently available are the Courage and Creativity Scholarship (for military and veterans), Dedication Scholarship, Entertainment & Media Industry for Women, Full Sail Creative Minds Scholarship, Gateway Scholarship, Global Achievement Scholarship, Hall of Fame Scholarship, Hybrid Scholarship, and Merit Scholarship.
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The university is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). Since it is not regionally accredited, you have to take this into account if planning on transferring to regionally accredited institutions because your courses may not be credited upon transfer.