Full Sail's Website Nominated for Prestigious Webby Award in Two Categories

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The Full Sail Real World Education website, Fullsail.com, has been nominated for a Webby Award, the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. Full Sail has been recognized in two separate categories: Best Home/Welcome Page and Best Website for a School or University. In addition, Fullsail.com is in the running for a People's Voice Webby Award, judged purely on votes cast by the public, in each of the nominated categories.

The Full Sail Real World Education website, Fullsail.com, has been nominated for a Webby Award, the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. Full Sail has been recognized in two separate categories: Best Home/Welcome Page and Best Website for a School or University. In addition, Fullsail.com is in the running for a People's Voice Webby Award, judged purely on votes cast by the public, in each of the nominated categories.

Fullsail.com is joined by DKNY (http://www.dkny.com), New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com), Sony (http://www.sony.com) and The Nick Shack (http://www.nickelodeon.com.au) in the nominations for Best Home/Welcome Page. In the category of Best Website for a School or University, Fullsail.com is nominated alongside 10 Ways Indiana University is Red Hot (http://redhot.iu.edu), Ex'pression College for Digital Arts (http://www.expression.edu), School of Visual Arts (http://www.sva.edu) and Trinity Virtual Visit (http://virtualvisit.trinity.edu).

The Webby Awards were established in 1996 during the infancy of the Web, and are presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 550-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities.

The Academy is an intellectually diverse organization that includes members such as: musicians Beck and David Bowie; Internet inventor Vint Cerf; political columnist Arianna Huffington; Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser; "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening; R/GA Founder and Chairman Robert Greenberg; Virgin Atlantic Chairman and Founder Richard Branson, and The Weinstein Company Co-Founder, Harvey Weinstein. Members also include writers and editors from publications such as: The New York Times, Wired, Details, Fast Company, Elle, The Los Angeles Times, Vibe, and WallPaper.

The 11th Annual Webby Awards received over 8,000 entries from over 60 countries and all 50 states, and generated over 750 million media impressions worldwide. Reflecting the tremendous growth of the Internet as a tool for business and everyday lives, The 11th Annual Webby Awards expands the mission of the Webby by honoring excellence in over 100+ Website, Interactive Advertising, Online Film & Video, and Mobile categories.

"It is such a privilege to be recognized by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences for our efforts creating Full Sail's website," said Craig Daily, Creative Director of Full Sail. "Our highly talented team of designers, writers and producers, who are also predominantly Full Sail graduates, work hard every day to achieve a site that masters the balance between technology, innovation and the art of storytelling. We are greatly honored to be nominated in the company of such well-known and well respected organizations."

Since 1979, Full Sail Real World Education, a college outside of Orlando, FL, has been an innovative educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment industry. With over 25,000 alumni, graduate credits include work on Oscar, Emmy and GRAMMY-winning projects, best-selling video games, and the #1 grossing U.S. concert tour seven out of the last seven years. Full Sail's 178-acre campus proudly welcomes over 5,000 students from 50 states and 37 countries. Currently, Full Sail offers degrees in the following disciplines: Computer Animation, Digital Arts & Design, Entertainment Business, Film, Game Development, Music Business, Recording Arts, and Show Production & Touring.

Students experience a "real world" education with a professional class structure of 8-12 hours per day and a 24-hour around the clock schedule which earned Full Sail the "Most Innovative Program" Award by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges. The college has also been named: one of the top three entertainment media colleges by Shift Magazine (alongside the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University); one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs in the world by Electronic Gaming Monthly; one of the "Best Music Programs" in the country by Rolling Stone Magazine; one of the "Best Music Business Departments" in the Schools That Rock: The Rolling Stone College Guide; and one of the Best Film Programs in the country by UNleashed Magazine.

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