Full Sail Announces University Status

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Today, Full Sail Real World Education marks another landmark in its history by announcing that it has been awarded University status by the Florida Department of Education's Commission for Independent Education (CIEICU) and its national accrediting body, the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT). Effective immediately, the new name of the institution will be Full Sail University.

We appreciate all of the support from the educational community and the entertainment industry that has led to this milestone in our history

Today, Full Sail Real World Education marks another landmark in its history by announcing that it has been awarded University status by the Florida Department of Education's Commission for Independent Education (CIEICU) and its national accrediting body, the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT). Effective immediately, the new name of the institution will be Full Sail University.

"We appreciate all of the support from the educational community and the entertainment industry that has led to this milestone in our history," says Full Sail University President Garry Jones. "As Full Sail University, we will continue to grow and carry on the tradition of empowering students with the knowledge necessary to pursue their educational and career goals, through our long-standing tradition of accelerated, real world education and immersive, project-based learning."

With the help of Florida Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp, Full Sail made a formal announcement on campus this morning, and unveiled the new branding for the University including logo (pictured above), as well as showcased the latest addition to the campus, a 1,780 linear foot-long Hollywood-style Backlot which features 18 different facades and is highlighted by a 25 foot-wide electronic LED display and 150 foot-long Times Square designed ticker. The display and ticker, dubbed the Full Sail Network (FSNET) Message Center, features student projects, campus news, and local and international graduate accomplishments. Additionally, FSNET will highlight clips from the nationally-televised morning talk show, The Daily Buzz, which shoots live from Full Sail Soundstage 1B each weekday.

Also present to address this incredible achievement was Full Sail Recording Arts graduate, Charity Lomax. After an impressive career in the industry working with world-renowned recording facility, Westlake Audio and clients such as Sting, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion, Lomax then traveled the world working as a Tour Manager handling concert schedules and television appearances for leading artists including work through the South of France, Egypt, Asia and Russia. Currently, Lomax serves as the Tour Manager for the music career of GRAMMY-winning performer and 2008 Golden Globe winner, Queen Latifa.

Florida Governor Charlie Crist stated, "I am impressed by Full Sail's commitment to shaping the next generation of leaders that will influence the global media, entertainment and communications industries, and it is an honor to have a top-ranking school achieve University status and be situated in the heart of our great state."

Kottkamp further added, "As Full Sail's campus and degree offerings continue to grow, the institution's expansion has a vital impact on Central Florida and the entertainment and media industry at large. We look forward to Full Sail University's continued evolution and I am honored to be a part of this special day in their journey."

With a history that spans nearly three decades, Full Sail has achieved an impressive alumni base of over 27,000 graduates, and has grown its campus to the current 178-acres in Winter Park, FL. Well known for the success of its graduates and state-of-the-art facilities and studios, Full Sail's continually expanding campus now welcomes over 6,000 students studying Associate, Bachelor, and Master of Science Degrees in 13 programs on-campus or online. Full Sail is also recognized for its innovative work with leading global corporations such as Apple and Sony to bring advanced technology and opportunity to the University at large.

"Full Sail's dedication to innovative curricula is to be commended and is consistent with what today's dynamic, technology-rich global economy demands from its professionals, said John Couch, Apple's vice president of Education. "Its progressive educational approach puts students and graduate success squarely at the forefront of the
institution's mission."

Nick Johnson, vice president of Digital Media Sales, NBC Universal further added, "The caliber and reputation of graduates from Full Sail is widely known and respected throughout the industry and, to me, speaks to education that is current and relevant. I want to congratulate Full Sail on the University distinction and thank them for their service to the entertainment and media industry and for their commitment to helping students fulfill their career aspirations."

Since 1979, Full Sail University, outside of Orlando, FL, has been an innovative educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment industry. With over 27,000 alumni, graduate credits include work on Oscar, Emmy and GRAMMY-winning projects, best-selling video games, and the #1 grossing U.S. concert tours. Full Sail's 178-acre campus proudly welcomes over 6,000 students from 50 states and 47 countries.

Full Sail currently offers a total of thirteen degree programs including: Associate of Science Degrees offered in Graphic Design, Recording Arts and Show Production & Touring; Bachelor of Science Degrees offered in Computer Animation, Digital Arts & Design, Entertainment Business (online and on-campus), Film, Game Art, Game Development, Music Business and Web Design & Development; and a Master of Science Degree in Education Media Design & Technology (online) and Entertainment Business (online and on-campus).

Students on-campus 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: The Harvard of Game Schools by Tips & Tricks Magazine; one of the top three New Media Schools 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.

For more information about Full Sail, please visit http://www.fullsail.edu.

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