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.
Creative writers are in high demand within the entertainment industry and 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 editorial skills by emphasizing visual storytelling, narrative structures, character development, scriptwriting, and storyboarding. Students write and workshop their writing in a variety of formats and genres including horror, science fiction, mystery, comedy and suspense. Whether the final delivery is a movie theater, TV screen, computer monitor, game console, website, or mobile device, it all begins with a well-crafted and captivating story.
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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 growth of independent films, the applications of digital video and demand for quality projects are crucial. 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 your career path.
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, exploring core concepts such as animation, rigging, character modeling, lighting and shading, and texturing. With a focus on content for consoles and computers, project-based classes guide you from the basics of digital art creation up through the latest technology. Your experience in the classroom is based around the same workflow processes found at professional gaming studios.
If you dream of creating captivating, engaging game experiences, Full Sail University’s online Game Design Bachelor’s Degree Program can help you set your career in motion. Learn how to develop a game from concept to completion using the processes used by the world’s top studios. The program’s specialized curriculum teaches you the elements of game development, from storytelling and narration, to technology and production, to leadership and project management. And, using Full Sail’s unique online platform, you’ll be able to engage in the same interaction between developers and artists that this highly collaborative industry depends upon.
Full Sail University's online Graphic Design Bachelor of Arts Degree Program gives you an in-depth look at the world of design. From print publishing to package design to website interfaces, the demand for well-designed graphics of all types has never been so high. 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 convenience and flexibility of online education.
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 teaches a cutting-edge curriculum with usability and design principles, software development and management, and application production for cell phones, iPads, websites, handheld games, and other devices. You'll build a foundation to work in a variety of careers and handle big projects for the mobile development world.
Full Sail University's online Bachelor of Science in Music Business 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.
Full Sail University's online Music Production Bachelor of Science Degree Program gives you the tools needed to pursue a career in writing, producing and recording music for all 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 various 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.
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.
Full Sail University’s online Bachelor of Science in Web Design & Development Degree Program explores one of the most rapidly developing industries in our society, with coursework that balances design and aesthetic techniques with programming and coding. Develop a holistic vision of web design and development, create your own websites, and build the highly demanded skill set needed to start a career in this expanding field.
Digital media has not only changed how quickly news travels, but also expanded the ways in which journalists can relay that information to the public.
Websites, mobile applications, blogs, and social media have become standard additions to the way people stay connected to and interact with news and events, and today’s media professionals require a robust skill set in order to stay current in their field.
Full Sail’s New Media Journalism Master of Arts program is designed to give students a practical working knowledge of these delivery systems, allowing them to create the kind of dynamic news content that’s leading the media industry.
Our 12-month graduate program takes an advanced look at how social networking, mobile communications, interactive media, and multimedia reporting can be most effectively utilized in different news organizations. Additionally, the program explores the logistics of reporting for different electronic media, such as broadcast television, online news sites, streaming video, and podcasts. Students also get extensive, project-based experience with the software tools that produce this content, learning the technical side of video production, photography, and digital publishing.
Also emphasized is the role of self-branding in modern journalism, with classes like Public Relations and Reputation Management teaching you the importance of creating a strong public identity. You’ll learn how to market your writing style, and build up a client base across different media organizations.
Communication is only getting more sophisticated, and being able to take an active role in both writing and producing this content is an invaluable asset to those building their career in journalism. In an industry increasingly reliant on technology, graduates of the New Media Journalism Master’s program are given the tools to sustain themselves in this ever-changing market.
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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The ability to both tell a story through the use of words and images and to distribute narratives through a variety of media formats are now standard skills required of creative writers in the entertainment industry.
In the Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts Online Degree Program, storytelling is not merely taught as it relates to the typical output mediums of print and publishing. To keep pace with the needs and evolution of the industry, the program will teach students the necessary skills to pursue and qualify for professional creative writing careers within the world of entertainment. The program will explore the art of storytelling and the language of different mediums, such as film, television, animation, and gaming. Students will learn the screenwriting process from concept to completion and apply the courses’ techniques to projects.
The classes will concentrate on developing leadership, project-management, and research skills. For this program, the thesis project will have the students producing an e-portfolio with a presentation of a finished script, along with the supporting materials that led to its creation. This scriptwriting project will be in the media genre of the student’s choosing of film, gaming, or animation. Ultimately, in the final month of study, students will devise a plan to market their creative writing masterpiece.
Course content and assignments will be supplemented by an online writing workshop where students can receive feedback from faculty and peers. This online critiquing forum enhances the students’ online journaling experience. Our online curriculum maintains a vibrant learning environment, and the course flow is designed to be intuitive, innovative, and intelligent.
A major driving force behind this program is to enable students to learn to write engaging, diverse material and to make their creative assets marketable to a variety of potential employers.
As today’s successful companies heavily rely on strong visual representation to deliver their message to the public, the ability to direct and shape those visuals is an increasingly vital asset to employers everywhere. Designers are capable of reshaping the world’s view through innovative artistry.
Within this context, Full Sail University’s Media Design Master of Fine Arts Online Degree Program provides an opportunity for students to further tap in to their creativity, knowledge and skills in design. The curriculum explores the tactical and collaborative planning behind design. It provides an advanced look at the numerous opportunities found within the field of multi-channel marketing by taking students through in-depth research projects, advanced academic studies, and a Thesis Project that will prepare them to implement their own cohesive and comprehensive multi-platform media campaign.
Along with studying design theory concepts such as brand development, design ethics, and design strategies and motivation, a significant part of your studies will find you engaged in the actual production workflow of the design industry. You’ll be involved in the creation of a variety of deliverables for many different platforms and media, while being equipped with the branding and strategy tools needed to handle the types of key projects that professionals encounter within the industry.
It all culminates with the presentation of your Design Solution thesis project. This is comprised of all that you’ve learned throughout the program and addresses a complex media design challenge, along with your proposed solution. The assets that you create for this project will also serve as your working template that you can use to pitch ideas and concepts to future employers throughout the course of your career as a creative professional.
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.
Successful entrepreneurs in any field share a few key attributes: creativity, passion, leadership, and an ability to think outside of the box. For innovators in the entertainment industry, these traits aren’t just beneficial – they’re essential. The opportunities in the business realm of the world of entertainment media are constantly expanding. Now, more than ever, there is a need for creative professionals to channel their vision and skills into an industry whose only limit is the imagination of its key players.
With decades of experience preparing graduates for careers in the entertainment industry, Full Sail University has a unique perspective on the kind of skills you’re going to need to excel in the business, and we’ve applied that knowledge in crafting the curriculum for our Entertainment Business Master’s degree program.
Although the master’s degree covers a number of advanced business topics – Entertainment Business Finance, Advanced Entertainment Law, and more – your education won’t just take place in the classroom. By interacting with entertainment business and traditional business communities, you’ll build your professional network and hone your communication skills, as you learn firsthand how the industry’s leaders operate.
Through case studies and in-depth research of companies in your field of interest, you’ll gain a better understanding of what makes a successful business thrive. And throughout the course of the master’s degree program, guest speakers will share their experiences in the entertainment industry, giving you even more insight into how they’ve achieved success and overcome challenges.
Near the end of the Entertainment Business Master’s degree program, you’ll craft your Business Plan Final Project, which will serve as a representation of the skills and knowledge that you’ve built throughout your courses. This detailed proposal for your own entertainment or media company will be an invaluable tool at your disposal – one that can be used to present to potential business partners or investors as you move forward in transforming your dream into a reality.
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.
The Internet’s dominant role in our lives means that it has become more than just an optional enhancement to the existing plans of effective marketing campaigns. Online branding and marketing strategies are now mandatory for the exposure and success of any organization.
Full Sail’s online Internet Marketing master of science degree program is an advanced marketing degree that will take you through the constantly evolving world of multi-channel marketing, along with the complex issues and opportunities found in this industry.
It’s more important than ever for a marketing professional to understand the possibilities and limitations of digital media, and how to best employ sound marketing fundamentals in this rapidly changing technological landscape. The courses provide an in-depth exploration of Internet-specific marketing methodologies, Internet law, and interactive advertising design principles, as well as teaching the best ways to utilize social media networks and search engine optimization.
Through it all, you’ll gain the necessary tools to create a viable marketing and strategic plan for selling products, developing and cultivating a brand, and for protecting a company’s reputation within the Internet community. It all culminates in the final capstone project, in which you’ll create and produce an Internet marketing campaign.
With the advanced academic studies of Internet marketing, search engine optimization, e-commerce, and the psychology of the online consumer, Full Sail’s Internet Marketing Master of Science Degree can provide you with the advanced education that is crucial to becoming a 21st century marketing leader.
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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