Over 30 years ago, Full Sail University began as a dream to create a place where people could learn how to take a passion for entertainment and turn it into a career. Today, students from all over the world come to Full Sail to pursue their dreams, create the art they love and share ideas with like-minded individuals.
In taking Full Sail University online, our goal is to use the experience and knowledge we have gained from 30 years of educational innovation to create an unparalleled online education that challenges and inspires our students.
Learning at Full Sail has always centered around interaction and the exchange of ideas. Our online curriculum fully embraces this philosophy. We have developed our own online learning environment with the aim of being the most people-focused education experience on the web.
Full Sail's educational philosophy emphasizes an immersive, real world approach to learning, combining elements of creativity, business and life skills, technical prowess and academic achievement. From video, animation and podcasts, to more traditional lectures and essay assignments, our goal is to find the most effective way to communicate important concepts.
We look forward to seeing the next generation of artists, business leaders, educators and entrepreneurs come through our virtual doors on their way to career success.
Full Sail University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), and is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education (CIE), Florida Department of Education.
Full Sail University’s online Creative Writing for Entertainment bachelor’s degree program will provide you with a challenging curriculum to help perfect your writing and storytelling skills by emphasizing visual storytelling, narrative structures, character development, scriptwriting, and storyboarding. Whether the final delivery is a movie theater, TV screen, game console, website, or mobile device, great entertainment media begins with a well-crafted and captivating story.
• Literary Techniques & Story Development
• Storyboarding, Animation & Comics
• Visual Thinking and Writing
• Scriptwriting Techniques
• Symbolic Communications and Cartography
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Full Sail University's online Computer Animation Bachelor of Science Degree program focuses on the practical application of 3D computer graphics for careers in the entertainment media industry, teaching the processes used to develop animated content for games, television, feature films, and more. You'll learn to master each step of production through a custom-built online platform, where you'll work under the guidance of industry veterans to master the techniques of professional animator.
With the impact of viral videos, streaming video options, and the rise of independent films, the applications of digital video are growing within today’s entertainment landscape. Full Sail University’s online Digital Cinematography bachelor’s degree program explores how these new technologies can create inspiring cinematic and commercial works. You’ll learn the creative process within the context of the film industry – from lighting, scripting, HD video production, to shooting in a variety of styles – to prepare you for the industry.
• Introduction to Editing and Visual Effects
• Producing Independent Film
• Digital Audio Production
Learn how to turn your artistic vision into breathtaking game environments and striking characters. Full Sail University’s online Game Art bachelor’s degree program teaches you the fundamentals of 3D asset creation for game development, while exploring core concepts such as animation, rigging, character modeling, lighting and shading, and texturing. With a focus on content for consoles and computers, your project-based classes guide you from the basics of digital art creation up through the latest technology. And with our unique online environment, you will be able to connect with classmates, share your work, and develop a portfolio of useable game assets.
• Character Design and Creation
• Motion Capture
• Compositing Fundamentals
• Level Assembly & Lighting
• Character Animation
• Game Animation
If you dream of creating compelling, interactive game experiences, Full Sail University’s online Game Design bachelor’s degree program can help you set your dream in motion. The program’s specialized curriculum focuses strongly on story development, the production needs of the industry, and gameplay. And, using Full Sail’s unique online platform, you’ll be able to engage with your classmates and instructors in the way that this highly collaborative industry depends upon.
• Game Mechanics
• Game History
• Aesthetics and Immersion
• Level Design
• Design And Development Analysis
Graphic Design Bachelor’s – Online
Full Sail University’s online Graphic Design bachelor’s degree program gives you an in-depth education for the world of branding and design. You will learn a variety of skills – from print publishing, to package design, to motion graphics and web assets. This degree program prepares you to enter the industry with the ability to meet client demands and work under hard deadlines while still producing creative results, all with the flexibility and interactivity of Full Sail’s immersive online platform.
• Typography And Page Layout
• Digital Publishing
• Graphic Web Design
• Design And Art Theory
• Flash Media
• Advanced Computer Graphics
Skilled communicators are needed within every industry – and especially within the world of entertainment and media. If you’re ready to develop the skills that are valued in today’s evolving media landscape, Full Sail University’s online Bachelor of Science in Media Communications degree program can help you meet your educational goals. In this program, you’ll learn core communication principles and writing techniques, while becoming familiar with digital media – from video and audio, to games and animation. You’ll take on projects that relate to real-world communications issues and apply your skill set in a final project that speaks to your passion.
The growing technology options for mobile and web-based applications have created an increased demand for skilled designers and developers. Full Sail University’s online Mobile Development bachelor’s degree program is an advanced programming education that explores usability and design principles, software development and management, and application production for mobile devices and tablets. You’ll learn how to build, deploy, and market applications to give you the experience to enter this fast-moving industry.
• Application Deployment: Apple
• Application Deployment: Android
• Integrated Product Development
• Mobile Business and Marketing
• Mobile Game Design
• Mobile Interface and Usability
Full Sail University’s online Music Business bachelor’s degree program is designed to give you a practical, real-world music business education. From tour managers and promoters, to publishers and accountants, the behind-the-scenes figures of this business have always been a key component in some of the industry’s biggest successes. By learning the core fundamentals of business as well as concepts that are more specific to the world of music, you can become a part of the next phase in this ever-evolving industry.
• Music Distribution
• Record Label Development
• Concert Management and Publicity
• Music Copyright and Publishing
• Music Business Law and Contract Negotiations
• Music Business Marketing
Full Sail University’s online Music Production bachelor’s degree program gives you the tools needed to pursue a future in writing, producing and recording music for many types of media. Your classes focus on the music-making process ¬– from music composition and arranging, to theory and ear training. You will also learn the recording and production process using industry-standard software and hardware technologies. You’ll develop a digital portfolio showcasing your work and learn to effectively market your talents to the entertainment and media industry.
• Music Composition Programming
• Musical Arrangement
• Songwriting and Development
• Music Theory
• Digital Recording Principles
• Audio Workstations
The sports world is a business both on and off the field. Sports organizations need qualified professionals to create new content, generate revenue, and establish fan branding within the evolving media landscape. Full Sail University’s Sports Marketing & Media bachelor’s degree program addresses these demands and covers concepts such as business principles, legal and ethical issues, public relations, and leadership. The goal is to prepare you for a position where digital art and design, communication, distribution, game operations, and marketing all intersect.
Every organization needs an Internet presence to be competitive within their industry. Full Sail University’s online Web Design & Development bachelor’s degree program offers coursework that balances design and aesthetic techniques with the programming and coding that goes into creating a well-rounded site. Develop a holistic vision of web design and development, create your own websites, and build the skill set needed to start a future in this expanding field.
• Web Standards Design
• Rich Media Optimization
• Scripting for Web Applications
• Mobile Device Deployment
• Networks and Server Structures
• Flash Design and Animation
The changing world of journalism requires professionals to have an updated skill set to keep up with today’s media consumers. Full Sail University’s online New Media Journalism master’s degree program teaches the skills needed to report and distribute the news for new media audiences by blending traditional methods with emerging technology. You’ll learn how to produce multimedia content, use social media to engage audiences and promote your work, and publish and distribute content across digital delivery platforms.
• Writing for Interactive Media
• Multimedia Development and Editing
• Digital News Production
• Mobile Technology and Communications
• Social Media & Online Community Engagement
Whether you’re interested in advancing your PR career or ready to enter the industry, Full Sail University’s Master of Arts in Public Relations degree program can show you what goes into being an effective PR professional in today’s fast-moving media landscape. In this program, you’ll explore what goes into planning, executing, and evaluating media strategies, and learn how to launch powerful dialogues with an organization’s consumers and advocates through social media. You’ll build a website and social presence from the ground up, fostering your personal brand and audience, while building experience through the program’s project-based curriculum.
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If you want to learn how to craft the compelling stories behind film, television, games, and other entertainment media – and gain the skills to effectively market your work – Full Sail University’s online Creative Writing master’s degree program can give you the tools you need. You’ll explore concepts including visual storytelling, character development, screenwriting, and storyboarding for a variety of media while building a diverse portfolio and the business know-how to pursue your dream.
Course Highlights Include:
• Film Screenwriting and Storyboarding
• Character Creation and Development
• Editing for Film, Game, and Animation Scripts
• Writing for Games
• Script Analysis and Criticism
Today’s successful companies depend on strong visual representation to stay a step ahead of the competition. Full Sail University’s online Media Design master’s degree program explores the role that creative direction plays in effectively delivering a company’s message – bridging the gap between the boardroom and the design studio. You’ll learn how to use blend design and strategy to create an overall vision that’s both creatively fulfilling and professionally rewarding.
• Ethics Of Design
• Brand Development
• Defining Client Needs
• Design Strategies And Motivation
• Design Research
• Effective Copywriting
The explosive growth of data from the Internet, social networks, and business networks has given organizations the tools to amass a wealth of information, and organizations are now recognizing the value this data represents. In Full Sail University’s Business Intelligence master of science degree program, you’ll learn how to collect, manage, analyze, and visualize Big Data. By the end of the program, you’ll be able to demonstrate your abilities as a BI professional by conducting your own research, and developing and presenting your findings.
Full Sail University’s online Entertainment Business master’s degree program covers advanced business courses related to artist management, media production and distribution. The curriculum uses the foundations of corporate administration as a starting point to further develop skills for careers in entertainment management. You’ll explore the strategies of today’s media production and distribution companies, and gain a focused understanding of the tools used by the leaders making the decisions that help drive the success of the industry.
• Product and Artist Management
• Negotiation and Deal-Making
• Entertainment Media Publishing and Distribution
• Business Plan Development
• Entertainment Business Finance
• Business Storytelling and Brand Development
Innovative ideas are behind the brands and products that impact our lives the most, and many of those ideas thrive in the digital realm. If you have a vision for a creative or technology-based product or service, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship master’s degree program can teach you what goes into bringing it to fruition within the changing global marketplace. Whether you’re interested in launching a new venture or using your entrepreneurial vision within a larger organization, this program will teach you how to develop your ideas and organize your efforts.
Full Sail University’s online Instructional Design & Technology master’s degree program is designed to provide instructors with 21st century skills for 21st century learners. Your project-based courses will teach you how to create inspiring environments through the creation of multimedia educational tools – from podcasts and video content to animation and games – while examining how different types of interactive media relate to the learning process. Throughout the program, you’ll build an understanding of how to transform the boardroom or classroom into an engaging learning environment.
Full Sail University’s online Internet Marketing master’s degree program explores the constantly evolving world of multi-channel marketing and the complex issues and opportunities available through the Internet. You’ll learn how to plan, launch and optimize integrated Internet campaigns that raise awareness, drive traffic, generate conversions, and measure return on investment. You’ll discover the strategies today’s digital marketing companies are using to establish corporate brand identities, and learn how to engage in Internet-related commerce.
• Advanced Search Engine Optimization
• Advanced Internet Marketing Strategies
• Internet Consumer Behavior And Analysis
• Web Analytics and Optimization
• Strategic Internet Public Relations
• Internet And The Law
The growing mobile gaming industry brings its own unique challenges and opportunities, and needs professionals who understand the technological, psychological, and financial sides of mobile game development. In Full Sail University’s Mobile Gaming master’s degree program, you’ll build a skill set specialized to the world of mobile games, including concept development, advanced programming, deployment, plus business models and workflow. You’ll build your own game from start of finish, which you’ll learn how to market and monetize.
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Learn what it takes to build a career in one of entertainment’s most exciting industries through Full Sail University’s Music Business Bachelor’s Degree Program. Learn fundamentals such as marketing, human relations, finance, and accounting, as well as unique music industry topics like artist development, music distribution, record label development, and the negotiation process. This specialized program can prepare you for a role as a creative leader within an organization, or as the head of your own business.
Software now powers nearly every aspect of our lives. The availability of app stores and other distribution methods have increased the opportunities for independent developers as well. Full Sail University’s Software Development bachelor’s degree program will introduce you to the design, development, and implementation of software-based solutions and products for business, entertainment, and consumer markets. Throughout the program, you’ll work on your own software product, while building the critical-thinking and professional skills necessary to enter this industry.
Innovations in techniques, communication, and distribution channels have leveled the playing field for independent filmmakers, but mastering the core elements of a compelling film remains vital. In Full Sail University’s Film Production master of fine arts program, you’ll receive an advanced education in behind-the-scenes filmmaking, from storytelling, to visual aesthetics, to technology and tools. Working in Full Sail’s professional studios and facilities, you’ll become familiar with industry equipment, software and technology – which will all come together as you build a graduate-level portfolio to showcase your talents.
Full Sail University’s English as a Second Language certificate program teaches the language skills tested in the TOEFL (IBT) exam, while introducing students to the entertainment and media industry. Proficiency of the English language at an intermediate level is needed to participate in this program.
If you are seeking a way to build your English language skills while preparing for an educational path in entertainment and media, Full Sail University’s English as a Second Language (ESL) certificate program can teach you English in a creative, immersive way that fits in with your academic goals.
In this intensive six-month program, you’ll build your skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking using rich multimedia learning tools. You’ll demonstrate your abilities through creative projects and exercises – including movies, songwriting, blogging, podcasts, art, and more.
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Full Sail University has programmed a customized online learning management system for our online students. Students will have access to streaming media learning modules and will also participate in interactive forums and online critiques.
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The online learning system is built around the Apple platform. Full Sail's Apple LaunchBox program provides students the ability to secure an Apple MacBook Pro laptop with the appropriate software. High speed Internet connection is required.
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Scholarships may be available to those who qualify.
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