Making the Connection: Real World Education Opportunities
Published on Sep 10, 2021 by Bridgette Cude
Full Sail strives to prepare students for a competitive working world with degree programs focused on project-based curriculum, networking skills, and resume-building experience.
That all adds up to a real-world education that's complemented by a range of strategic partnerships with high-profile companies that span several industries. These partnerships give students at Full Sail a number of opportunities to work on real projects for some of the biggest companies in the business.
WWE and NXT
Proficiency and Related Skills: audio, video, live production, sports marketing, entertainment business, media communications
WWE began filming its NXT television series at Full Sail's Live Venue in 2012, opening opportunities for students to work in the entertainment industry on campus.*
From audio and video to lighting, set-up, and tear-down, students in Sports Marketing & Media, Entertainment Business, and Media Communications work alongside WWE professionals in all aspects of production.
Students focused on entertainment business work with our WWE Student Initiative to handle the marketing, ticket distribution, hospitality, and crowd management aspects of each event.
WWE has also given more than $450,000 in scholarship donations to Full Sail students.
* Due to COVID-19, production has temporarily moved off campus, and we look forward to a future WWE return to the Full Sail Live Venue.
Proficiency and Related Skills: audio, video, live production, sportscasting, sports marketing, entertainment business, media communications
With the largest collegiate esports arena in the US, Full Sail is prepared to host some amazing opportunities at The Full Sail University Orlando Health Fortress. That includes year-round tournaments, games, and meetups that allow students to gain experience in a variety of roles related to live esports event production.
For example, The Fortress has been host to fighting game series Red Bull Conquest, Hearthstone Collegiate Championship Finals and Growing Bolder's BolderX iGen Among Us tournament. At each of these events, students have had the chance to learn firsthand about behind-the-scenes operations and even serve as project managers.
USTA and Tennis Channel
Proficiency and Related Skills: sportscasting, reporting, event production, video
USTA and Tennis Channel are providing opportunities for students to get hands-on experience in event broadcasting, production, and reporting. Tennis Channel will oversee student-run productions and year-round reporting from the USTA's National Campus in Orlando with a rotating group of students working in a variety of areas.
Proficiency and Related Skills: sportscasting, sports media, video, audio, recording, production
Full Sail has partnered with nearby Rollins College to provide students with even more opportunities to collaborate on projects like musical performances, sporting events, and radio sessions.
As a part of the collaboration, students from Full Sail's Dan Patrick School School of Sportscasting are able to lend their voices to the Rollins athletic department by calling the college's home sporting events.
Students from the Rollins Department of Music may also partner with Full Sail audio students to record and produce classical ensemble tracks using Full Sail's world-class facilities.
"It's a huge win for us because it allows us to expose our students to not just classical ensemble but also instruments they're not used to," says Full Sail educator and Program Director of Music Production Russ Gaspard.
Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center
Proficiency and Related Skills: live production, lighting, sound, recording, video
In partnership with Full Sail, the world-class Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center in downtown Orlando brings students in to work in lighting, sound, and other production roles on performances ranging from classical music and touring Broadway shows to lectures, rock concerts, and more.
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