Ok, so I had a little fun with the title I decided to start a topic on Full Sail to give you all my perspective on the school and to try to answer as many questions, rumors, etc that I can. This is not geared torwards starting any wars, but informational from a students perspective. So anything you might want to know, ask away. (I'm going to touch on some of the things I have been asked) First, I will say no school is perfect. No school will meet every need you demand. No teacher is perfect, no student is perfect. With that being said, a huge problem that most people might find with the school is the fact that the instructors are not educated teachers, they are industry professinals that teach from experience and knowlege verses what some college taught them to say and do. The instructors at Full Sail will bend over backwards to make your learning experience the best it can be. If you dont understand what they are saying, they will break it down as many times as they have to, to make sure you understand. They will meet with you one on one to go over gear or even a lecture. They are there to work for you. It's not like HS where some of the teachers walk in, teach a lesson, assign homework and give tests. The instructors are very hands on and will do what they have to, to make sure no detail is left out. I have yet felt intimidated to ask a instructor a question. In terms of what the instructors teaching style's are, that all have their own way to get the information to you. all of them will use personal stories for you to understand what they are trying to teach. You will look at alot of pictures and video clips to help visulize the lesson. Just about every lecture is off of a powerpoint. Some classes you have to take notes. Some classes the powerpoint is in the book. Just about every class has a textbook written by the instructor teaching it. Plus you will get several published books. Ex. the Yamaha sound reinforcement handbook, The backstage handbook. etc. I can list several. There is plenty of material availible to help you out. While talking about education, a thing I llike about full sail is the fact that you will have a lecture and usually the same day will have a lab on what you were tought in lecture. It keeps everything fresh in your mind and you have the opertunity to acually do it rather then hear it from a instructor. Ok, im sure everyone is waiting for me to talk about the schedule. I'm sure you have heard all kinds of stories. Let's see what I can do about that. Full Sail is in operation 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Most lectures are 4 hours in length as well as labs. For every one hour, you get a 10 min break. Most instructors will go for 2 hours then give you a 20-30 min break. Expect to have something just about 7 days a week. In terms of hours, expect anything from an hour a day to 20 hours a day. Mostly expect 8 hour days. Yes, I have have been at school for well over 24 hours straight. Mostly because im crazy . You can expect about two months a bunch of 16 hour days in a row. I would say about 30% of the time you are acually having long days. Sleep is not in the curiculum at full Sail . Nor is it part of this industry. Let's talk about the courses. You will take a total of 17 classes. Over 1552 hours of class time, for 56 weeks or 13 months. Out of those classes, 7 are General Education, 2 are lighting, 7 are audio, none are video, 1 is PML. All of those classes are two months long except gen ed classes and two show pro classes. Keep in mind Full Sail is build around Audio. If you want to know more about a class let me know. I'm not really going to get into each one, just more of giving you a general idea. I can talk about courses individually if you want me to. Gear... it is said that Full Sail owns 100 Million dollers worth of gear. Show pro owns enought gear to stage a stadium show from the ground up. So yeah, we own the best gear in the industry. What they dont tell you is the majority of the gear is from comanies that back us. They also dont tell you that most of the gear we have is only used by the top companies and most wont use the gear after graduation. We usually get gear before it is released into the market and beta test tons of stuff. Cause if we can't break it no one can . one last thing before I wrap this up for now, you dont have to know anything about lighting or sound to come to Full Sail. Everything is tought from the ground up. I hope that gets the wheels spinning. As away about anything you might want to know more about or want me to go in depth about something. I'm here to help.