Technology becomes a tailwind for Full Sail University
Full Sail University helps students find real-world success in entertainment, media, arts and technology with project-based coursework taught by industry veterans and accelerated degree programs so students can start their careers sooner. The approach is different than a traditional university — and it works. Full Sail graduates have made their mark on pop culture with award-winning music albums, popular films and TV shows, emerging technologies and top-selling video games.
The university has come a long way since 1979, when it launched a small workshop programme in the recording arts. Today, Full Sail offers full degree programmes in art and design, business, technology, film and television, game development, media and communications, music, sportscasting and more. Its programmes are steeped in technology and Full Sail has always had the vision to invest in digital tools of all kinds.
“Everything we do is geared toward student success, so we invest in technology that’s relevant for them and helps them to achieve their dreams after graduation,” says Scott Dansby, Director of Industry Relations at Full Sail University. “We’ve offered virtual learning for more than a decade and we’re always evolving our degree programmes to keep up with emerging technology — such as computer animation and game design.”
The university was earlier than many educational institutions to implement a learning management system (LMS). In 2007, Full Sail Online was built from the ground up to replicate the unique campus culture at Full Sail — a media-rich digital environment enabling project-based learning and one-on-one interactions among students and faculty. Launching that platform was a big turning point for the institution, opening the door to virtual degree programmes for students around the world. In addition, Full Sail has a university-wide programme called Project LaunchBox that provides students with powerful technology.
“Project LaunchBox starts everyone out with the same laptop and software based on their specific degree programmes,” says Casey Tanous, Director of Public Relations at Full Sail University. “That removes many of the hurdles faculty face when they’re teaching students and it paves the way for seamless collaboration.”
One of the “goodies” students acquire through their LaunchBox is Adobe Creative Cloud. Full Sail has provided Adobe Creative Cloud for students since 2014. As industry-standard tools of the trade, Adobe Creative Cloud apps are essential to many of the degree programs Full Sail offers. That makes for a large user base that is constantly shifting as new students arrive every month and others graduate. Through its Creative Cloud subscription, the university uses the Adobe Admin Console to give immediate licence access to eager new students as they matriculate. And the university’s connection with Adobe goes beyond more than the apps themselves.
“Adobe has always been a great partner to Full Sail University, helping us to connect with other industry professionals who are using the products in unique and important ways,” says Dansby. “The relationship is a great resource for guest speakers and lecturers, as well as special projects and Adobe Creative Jams.”