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    need info on Full Sail in Florida

    I've been looking at Full Sail Real World Education in Florida and was wondering if anyone here went there. They apparently have great programs in Computer Animation and Game Design and Development. I want to visit, but with me being in New York I have to be pretty sure I am going to go there before I can spend the cash on a plane ticket. Any info would be greatly appreciated.


    Anyone interested in checking the school out can go to
    http://www.fullsail.com.
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    I would also appreciate it if anyone who knows of similar schools in New York State (besides ITT Tech:bash: ) could let me know. So far my search has not turned up anything as good as Full Sail.
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    I just went to their open house, a bit easier for me since I am newly local since moving from DC area. Their facilities are absolutey impressive.... rows and rows of spanking new SGI machines, game design students get a new laptop, the building design just MAKES you want to learn, throw your heart into it and go. The price tag is a quite scary though. I have been mulling them over for several months now and it took me a good while to get myself to call. I am glad I did, it is a very "sexy" school, but I plan on trying to track down some students, not the ones THEY recommend, to speak with, and speaking with area professionals regarding their opinion of the school. Perhaps with both of us researching the place, we can make heads or tails of this pricey, but VERY alluring school. Since I am thinking of going in for comp anim, I was very curious to find out their curriculm as far as traditional art, and it is pretty well integrated into other focused classes, but very few traditional drawing courses. What have you gained from your end?
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    I haven't found anything else out yet, but if I do find some more information, I will post here. Another thread in this forum has helped me out a lot. It is Animation School Database posted by 3bleadpencil. He posted some good advice on how to find and contact students and alumni, plus there are links that will help you compare schools. I suggest that you do as I am doing and post at this site and others to see what kind of feedback you get about Full Sail.
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    i visited that school when i lived in orlando a few years back. they do put on a good show for their open house. although ive never attended this is the consensus i've gotten about full sail-- they basically only teach technology. which isn't very good considering how fast technology changes, you should look for a school that molds you into a better artist/animator, not someone that knows how to run maya. the class scheduling is really random in order to prepare you for the 'real world.' if your just coming out of highschool i wouldn't recommend it
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    Thanks for your input. I have been out of high school for a few years, but maybe you are right. I want the whole education, not just the technology part. I think I will look into the Full Sail curriculum a little more to if it would be worth it to work outside classes in around their course schedule.
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    Update: I have done a bazillion searches on the internet for Full Sail Computer Animation Resume. After you dig through their.. actually quite impressive online marketing campaign, I got quite a number of resumes. I started randomly contacting people that have graduated from their comp animation tract and gotten several responses. I plan on speaking with them over the next couple of weeks as well as cold calling area professionals from the mouse house, EA Tiburon, etc to see what their take is ---- aside from Full Sail's very beautiful glossy brochure graduates perspective. I am looking forward to speaking with these people, and do a search yourself, if you haven't already, and look at their previous education, the dates, and the jobs they have held since - it actually lends to this program being worth the money in quite a few cases. As far as it teaching one software package, yes, currently - they are going with Maya - but if you look at the reviews of what software is being used in the industry... it is well... Maya. They not only teach the software, but the theory behind it, lending your education to be available to the most current software if you can figure out where to point and click to make it possible.


    Like I said before, Full Sail is terribly expensive for an associate's degree, but if it can help me do more than be just your run of the mill graphics designer, and hone my skills to a level that I feel comfortable sending out a demo reel to Pixar or SquareSoft for an entry level position - knowing that I could handle that and more.... then I am sold. I don't expect this school to hand me a Creative Lead position with Sony Entertainment Online.. I want it to prepare me to do the crap work at a company I can learn lots more from, to eventually get those jobs.
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    Here's what I would say about fullsail. GO SOMEWHERE ELSE! it's not worth the ammount of money it costs. they make it sound very impressive but once you get there all the secrets and lies become apparent.And they become more apparent the farther in the program you go, the more of your money they have the less and less they care. for example Here's my experience . I saw someones post mention the top of the line SGI machines. yeah, well they are extremely slow and about 4 maybe 5 years old, the student to teacher ratio is a joke. they tell you it's about 30 people to a class, it's more like 100 and getting bigger. This is frustrating to both the instructors ( about 95% fullsail graduates themselves, it's job placement at work!) and students. We were learning Maya 4.5 but given books on Maya 3. then the instructor lied to the class and said it was the 3rd printing of a book on Maya which was why it said 3 on the cover. Most of the class bought the lie but clearly on the back of the book it says the book covers the changes from Maya 2 to the new Maya3. Thrown into a "temporary" room for 5 months in the back of a building. It also came to my attention that alot of that actual tuition goes to the pockets of the owners of the school and to decorate their offices. I've seen it myself, it's mind boggling. Airplane desks made of real airplane parts, all paid for by the tuition. The associates degree you get there is a joke also. If that means anything to you as far as a consideration for going there. If you got any friends that went there just borrow their degree and scan it and make the text changes in Photoshop and wala! It'll look as official as the real thing. This school is a waste of money and I wouldn't recommend anyone go there. If it was 50% less then it'd be worth it. they also don't even teach industry standards. when we got into character design we made a NURBS radial head,NURBS torso and lofting arms,rebuilding curves and then it came to my attention that a whole body can be built from polys and that's the industry standard. So why did fullsail waste 2600 of my dollars teaching me something that is now obsolete? I have no idea. but I know that's 1 reason of many why I won't recommend them!
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    elbarto: Thanks for posting. If you are still in contact with anyone else who went to Full Sail, could you get them to post their opinion here too? I don't think that I want to go to Full Sail anymore, but I would like to get the opinions of a few more people first. If the school is that bad, I'd rather just stay in New York and put my time and money into a legitimate school.

    TheMonkei: Sorry, but you are on your own now. The more I hear about Full Sail, the less I want to go there. I wish you luck if you do end up attending Full Sail.

    Don't just call people. The alumni that you want to contact might be more candid in a forum like this than on the phone. Anonymity tends to loosen tongues.
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    Actually, my research is going quite well. I am trying to obtain the full picture about full sail, and am taking into account all of the information I have recieved. Regardless of what school you choose to attend, researching it will let you know what you are getting into, before you get into it - and this is a very big desicion. I wish you luck as well, and would be interested to hear what you have chosen when you do decide. Thank you for your interaction and maybe one of these days we will bump into one another at work in the industry! :btu:
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    Lightbulb cost

    How much are the classes at full sail?
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    daniela:I will do my best to see if I can find some other people to put up a post about fullsail, but I'm sure it'll just be similar to mine. If I was you staying in NY and investing in a more legitimate school is certainly the best choice. It's amazing some of the bold faced lies you see the people taking the tour be told. Same lies they told me on the tour actually. I saw them once point in the library and say those were the best computers the school had, how that impresses anyone is beyond me. The worst is how they point into the Computer animation labs then talk about the state of the art top of the line SGI machines. But forget to say they were all that 5 years ago and today they are just slow pieces of crap. Of course if they said the truth they wouldn't be able to scam 35,000 bucks out of people. So that answers another posts question about the cost of Fullsail ( although each program is a different price, none under 30 grand though..OH and the cost for some reason goes up every year and the hardware and books are still years old). Anyways, I wish you luck at wherever you go and I'm sure it'll take you further than fullsail ever could have.
    peace out!
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    Hey this is only my second post here but i must warn you about FULLSAIL as well. I took the tour, talked to the representatives and did the math...it doesn't add up. Take your $40,000 (which is roughly what it costs after fees, tuition, supplies, books, taxes, and interest on loans) and go get an awesome bfa at a school that teaches you traditional art, animation, illustration, or anything! This school is for those really techy guys who already know how to animate in 3d and can write C++ and java script like its a 3rd grade spelling test. Do not go there looking for one on one instruction or if you think they will hold your hand as you make mistakes and learn at your own speed. You must either learn at thier speed(which is really really fast) or you get passed by and left in the dust. This being said, if you are already familiar with programming and animation and you want to learn more...still don't go there. Get a degreee from a 4 year school or at least a 3 year program. Stay in school as long as you can. You only get one or in some peoples cases two chances to really learn how to do it and then you start getting old and no one wants to hire you if you don't have the traditional art background. Any artist can learn a software program, not very many programmers can learn to be an artist.. FullSail is flashy, extravegant, well run, and I give them credit for churning out students into the indusrty, but many of them tend to fall flat unless they are in the recording industry or want to be a stage hand. I looked into going there a few years back and guess what...the same "success story students" are still in the brochure. They are the one in a hundred. I also talked to a instructor there who seemed very bitter about the school for some reason and he told our small group that if we weren't already talented and trained in what we wanted to do, go somewhere else. Fullsail WILL prepare you for the "Real World" because it has such short project deadlines and class lengths, but most people are not ready to jump right in like that. Get a good education, for the love of pete figure this out while you are young. If you realize and take advantage of your situation you can learn so much in college. It is very fun, but don't party yourself out of college the first semester either. Work hard now, party hard when you have a great job to pay for it!

    sorry to take up so much space..just had to get that off my chest

    time for a beer!:chug:
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