Full Sail University - Online
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.Human Approach
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.
- One-Click Access to Instructors
- Powerful Collaborative Tools
- People-focused Learning Environment
- Innovative Curriculum
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.
- Immersive, Media-Driven Education
- Based on Full Sail`s Acclaimed On-Campus Programs
- Intelligent, Engaging Content
Full Sail University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), and is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education (CIEICU), Florida Department of Education.
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BFA - Creative Writing for Entertainment
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.
- Story Development
- Storyboarding, Animation & Comics
- Visual Thinking and Writing
- Literary Techniques
- Symbolic Communications & Cartography
- Scriptwriting Techniques
BS - Computer Animation
Full Sail University’s online Computer Animation Bachelor’s 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.
- 3D Animation
- Motion Capture
- Compositing and Scene Finishing
- Shading and Lighting
- Production Modeling
- Character Rigging
BS - Digital Cinematography
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.
- Editing and Visual Effects
- Producing Independent Film
- Digital Audio Production
- Art Design & Location Shooting
BS - Game Art
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.
- Character Design and Creation
- Level Design
- Game Planning and Architecture
- Game Animation
- Shading and Lighting
- Character Rigging
BS - Game Design
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.
- Game Mechanics
- Level Design
- Design And Development Analysis
- Game Asset Review
- Testing And Play Balancing
- Demo Reel Creation
BS - Graphic Design
Full Sail University’s online Graphic Design Bachelor’s 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.
- Color Theory
- Digital Audio Design
- Motion Graphics
- Graphic Web Design
- Flash Media
- Interactive Media Design And Usability
BS - Media Communications
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 Media Communications bachelor’s 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.
- Digital Video and Editing Principals
- Media Entrepreneurship
- Media Publishing and Distribution
- Principles of the Gaming Industry
- Graphic Design and Communications
- Animation and Storytelling
BS - Music Business
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.
- Record Label Development
- Concert Management and Publicity
- Artist Development
- Music Distribution
- Music Copyright and Publishing
- Music Business Law and Contract Negotiations
BS - Music Production
Full Sail University’s online Music Production Bachelor’s 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.
- Music Composition Programming
- Audio File Management and Documentation
- Music Genres
- Music Business Marketing
- Audio Workstations
- Digital Audio and Theory
BS - Mobile Development
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.
• Android Application Development
• iOS Application Development
• Integrated Product Development
• Mobile Business & Marketing
• Mobile Game Design
• Mobile Interface and Usability
BS - Sports Marketing and Media
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 Online Sports Marketing and 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.
- Sports Marketing
- Social Media & Sports Marketing
- Sports Events & Entertainment
- Public Relations in Sports
- New Media Distribution
- Sports Sales and Sponsorships
- Global Sports Marketing Strategies
BS - Web Design and Development
Full Sail University’s online Web Design & Development Bachelor’s 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.
- Web Interface and Usability
- Flash Design and Animation
- Concepts of Object Oriented Programming
- Designing for Web Standards
- Networks and Server Structures
- Rich Media Optimization
MA - New Media Journalism
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.
MA - Public Relations
Whether you’re interested in advancing your PR career or ready to enter the industry, Full Sail University’s Public Relations master’s 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.
Specialized courses include:
- Social Media Metrics and ROI
- Public Relations in a Digital World
- Reputation Management
- The Online Media Room
- Consumer Research Analysis
MFA - Creative Writing
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.
MFA - Media Design
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.
MS - Education Media Design & Technology
The faces of education and presentations are changing due to emerging technologies. In order to create an innovative learning experience for audiences, the Education Media Design & Technology Master of Science Online Degree Program will show students how to combine the digital world’s media resources with modern teaching methods.
Studies show that people are more receptive to absorbing information when they’re physically engaged in the discussion or activity. The idea of developing methods for learners to physically interact with technology is an emerging concept among both educators and presenters. With nearly 30 years experience of incorporating innovative learning methods into our curriculum, Full Sail is uniquely qualified to help future educators in this program meet the challenge of connecting with today’s students.
This unique online degree program is designed to give teachers and corporate trainers the tools to bridge the gap between traditional education and the ever-expanding realm of technology and media, allowing them to create immersive and interactive presentations.
In this program, you’ll learn to utilize media creation tools and technology to create podcasts, video presentations, and more, and you’ll also study how alternate learning methods like games, music, and educational multimedia can help you to develop a truly inspirational learning environment and be a content creator in your classroom. In addition, you’ll study a variety of learning theories and curriculum models, as you develop an understanding of which methods work best in a given learning environment.
And as you’re experiencing the Education Media Design & Technology curriculum through Full Sail University's innovative online learning system, you’ll explore how to create, improve, and fully utilize an online curriculum and delivery system that will inspire your audience and give a solid educational foundation.
Finally, you’ll put all these parts together in a project-based final course that is built upon the action research model, and represents the year-long, practitioner-based research you explored in your work environment.
MS - Entertainment Business
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.
MS - Innovation & Entrepreneurship
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 & 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.
Specialized courses include:
- Entrepreneurial Finance
- High-Tech Entrepreneurship
- Business Model Innovation
- Product Design and Development
- Marketing Strategies
- Market Research
MS - Internet Marketing
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.