Full Sail University

About Us

A Creative Community

Located in Winter Park, Florida, Full Sail University offers associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees designed for the world of entertainment media and emerging technologies. Full Sail's creative approach to education provides an immersive, fast-paced, and relevant learning experience that mirrors the workflow and collaboration found throughout today's rapidly evolving industries.

Read about our history and mission, as well as diversity and inclusion at Full Sail University.

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    Top 25 Music Schools
    The Hollywood Reporter - 2014, 2015, and 2016

    "Full Sail offers students training not only in music performance and composition, but also in the business realities of a music career and the art of marketing yourself in the music world.”

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    Top Game Design
    Princeton Review - 2023
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    Top Design Schools
    Graphic Design USA - 2014 & 2015

    “Education is more important than ever as the lines between the studio and the classroom, the office and the academy, the university and society, continue to blur.”

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    Apple’s Innovators
    in Education
    Apple - 2010
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    Top US Audio
    Education Programs
    Mix Magazine - 2012
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    Best for Vets Colleges
    Military Times Edge - 2013 & 2014

    “[We] placed a new emphasis on academic rigor this year when conducting and scoring the Best for Vets: Colleges survey, a highly respected 150-question analysis of a school’s complete offerings for veterans.”

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    The “Harvard of
    Game Schools”
    Tips & Tricks Magazine - 2007
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    Best Music Programs
    in the Country
    Rolling Stone Magazine - 2005
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    of the Year
    FAPSC - 2008, 2011, 2014

Full Sail University began 1979 in Dayton, Ohio, as an audio recording workshop. It provided unparalleled opportunity for students to become familiar with the industry through real-world experience in professional studio environments. Full Sail eventually relocated to Central Florida, planting roots in its current Winter Park location in 1989. Its project-based, relevant educational philosophy was readily adapted to other fields in entertainment and media from filmmaking, to digital media, to entertainment business which combined time working on real-world environments with instruction by industry veterans. Today, Full Sail University offers associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees designed for evolving industries across entertainment, media, art, and technology.

Our Mission

Full Sail’s mission is to provide students with an innovative style of education, delivered by a staff of dedicated individuals, that addresses the career opportunities available in an ever-growing, constantly evolving industry. We do this by developing unique curricula that combine elements of creativity, art, business and life skills, technical prowess, and academic achievement. Our education is delivered via immersive teaching methods, both in Full Sail’s real-world production studios and classrooms, as well as through our online learning environment.

Every one of our degree programs is designed to provide students with knowledge and real-world experience that will help them realize their career goals in the entertainment and media industry. You can request more information about our programs here.

Full Sail’s Diversity & Inclusion Statement

You Are Welcome at Full Sail University

Full Sail was founded on a philosophy of inclusion, access, and supporting our students’ dreams. For 45 years, we have proudly served as an educational community comprised of an incredibly diverse group of students, faculty, staff, and alumni, who have come together to make our school one of the most unique and vibrant creative communities in the world.

In the spirit of learning and growing that has always defined Full Sail University, we commit to innovating and evolving the ways that we see, hear, and connect our students, faculty, staff, and alumni to one another. As a university, we understand the importance of celebrating, elevating, respecting, and supporting the range of voices in our community. By taking active steps to advance our institution's systems and practices with a goal of fairness and empowerment, we can further ensure that Full Sail's future is not just one of continued success, but also one that is inclusive and representative.

Learn more about Full Sail's Diversity Programs and Initiatives