Full Sail Named Among Top Colleges for Music by Rolling Stone Magazine

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Full Sail Real World Education, previously named a top college in game design and new media, garners its third recent award as Rolling Stone Magazine names it one of the top music colleges in the nation.

– The August 11 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine honored Full Sail as one of the five “Best Music Programs” in the country. This recognition as a top music college, places Full Sail’s music program alongside legendary and prestigious institutions such as The Julliard School and Berklee College of Music. Previously, Full Sail was honored as one of the top five Game Design schools in the world by Electronic Gaming Monthly, as well as one of the best three New Media schools by Shift Magazine – alongside New York University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“Throughout Full Sail’s 26 year history, we have remained consistently committed to excellence. We are honored that the hard work and dedication that created the exceptional programs that Full Sail offers has been heard and noted around the world,” said President of Full Sail, Garry Jones. “Being ranked among some of the most well-known and esteemed colleges and universities for game design, new media, and now music, further validates Full Sail’s proven reputation.”

This recent wave of recognition by world-renowned publications demonstrates a significant sign of the times, as Full Sail establishes that it is not necessary to remain within the traditional boundaries of education or classic structure to reach unprecedented results. “We believe that our innovative style of education combined with our graduates’ long track record of success, places Full Sail as a ground-breaking educational leader – one that easily changes and evolves for careers in emerging industries such as entertainment and technology,” Jones added.

In addition to this announcement, Full Sail was further recognized in the Schools That Rock: The Rolling Stone College Guide, which also named Full Sail as having one of the nation’s top three music/entertainment business departments.

“Being named as one of the best music programs, combined with the success of our graduates at the GRAMMYs and on Academy Award-winning films, is a resounding compliment to the quality of our teaching staff, our curriculum, and Full Sail’s amazing production facilities," said Full Sail Recording Arts Program Director, Bill Smith.

Full Sail offers Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science Degrees in seven unique disciplines including: Computer Animation, Digital Media, Entertainment Business, Film, Game Design and Development, Recording Arts and Show Production and Touring.

Full Sail graduates have consistently been making their mark on the digital media and entertainment media industries. Recent graduate credits include work on Oscar-winning films such as: The Incredibles, Million Dollar Baby, and Spider-Man 2, best-selling video games including: Madden NFL 2006, Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath, and The Matrix Online, and GRAMMY-winning albums by Ray Charles, Usher, and OUTKAST. Full Sail graduates have also been involved in creating motion graphics and Web Sites for companies such as ABC, Nike and the Atlanta Falcons, and have been in lead positions in the live event industry with artists and companies such as Madonna and Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba at Walt Disney World.

For more information, please visit http://www.fullsail.com.

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