Watching Full Sail grow and develop with the community over the past 20 years has been an honor
Winter Park, FL (PRWEB) July 2, 2009
Full Sail University (fullsail.edu), an award-winning entertainment media institution, marked a milestone in July 1989, when it chose its current location in Winter Park, FL, an act that marks this July as 20 years of calling Winter Park home.
Originated as a Recording Arts program in 1979, Full Sail had expanded to two curriculums by 1989 - the Recording Arts Comprehensive Program and the Video and Film Production Comprehensive Program. Full Sail has since grown into a leading Master, Bachelor and Associate degree-granting university offering 23 degree programs on campus and through the Full Sail Online platform.
Since its inception, Full Sail has grown to over 32,000 alumni, with graduate credits that include work on OSCAR®, Emmy® and GRAMMY® winning projects, best-selling video games, and #1 grossing U.S. concert tours. Currently, Full Sail's 190-acre campus and online degrees serve over 7,000 students from 50 states and 65 countries worldwide.
In addition to the growth in the number of students and graduates, Full Sail has expanded to currently supporting 3,500 employment positions, which is projected to grow to 6,000 within 5 years, and has become the largest employer in Winter Park, FL.
A recent study by The Washington Economics Group stated that Full Sail had a $400 million dollar economic impact in 2006, as well as a projected impact of $2.7 billion dollars to the Central Florida region within the next five years.
"Watching Full Sail grow and develop with the community over the past 20 years has been an honor," said Garry Jones, President of Full Sail University. "The past 20 years in the Winter Park community have been incredible and as I look back, I am excited and looking forward to the next 20 years."
Full Sail's future expansions throughout the campus include the Full Sail Studios Gateway Project, a 2.2 acre landmark project that includes a multi-purpose/live performance venue, a two-story studio complex which holds a state-of-the-art game production studio and flagship recording studio, an outdoor plaza courtyard, and an expansion to the on-campus professional film studio Backlot. Slated for completion in the Spring of 2010, the structure will add a new venue to the Central Florida cultural landscape.
About Full Sail University:
Since 1979, Full Sail University, located outside of Orlando, FL, has been an innovative educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment industry. With over 32,000 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 190-acre campus and online education platform proudly welcomes over 7,000 students from 50 states and 65 countries.
Full Sail currently offers a total of 23 degree programs including: Associate of Science Degree in Graphic Design; Bachelor of Science Degrees offered in Computer Animation, Digital Arts & Design, Entertainment Business, Film, Game Art, Game Development, Graphic Design, Internet Marketing, Music Business, Recording Arts, Show Production and Web Design & Development; Master of Science Degrees in Education Media Design & Technology, Game Design, Entertainment Business, and Internet Marketing; and a Master of Fine Art in Media Design.
Full Sail was most recently named the 2008 "School/College of the Year" by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges. The university has also been previously 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.