Student Clubs at Full Sail
Published on Aug 30, 2021 by Kyle Roach
Full Sail’s clubs and organizations cover everything from creative writing to cosplay.
With dozens of different active groups on campus – ranging from Collegiate DECA and the Coding Club to a Cosplay Club and the International Student Society – students at Full Sail University not only have ample opportunity to network with others who share their interests, but also gain valuable insight into the careers they want to pursue. Read on to learn more about a few of the student groups at Full Sail.
3300+Climbing is an artist development initiative open to students of all degree programs. This initiative provides students an opportunity to gain hands-on industry-specific experiences. Students participate in artist development, branding, marketing, event planning, media creation and leadership activities while developing their skills.
Every six months, 3300+Climbing takes on a new artist client scouted by students. By combining various resources available at Full Sail, including live performance venues, industry experts, and business-minded students eager to impact the music industry, 3300+Climbing aims to help develop these artists to reach the next stage of their professional careers.
“3300+Climbing provides an opportunity to help students become practitioners of their respective disciplines while working on developing artist clients,” says Department Chair of Entertainment Business and Music Business, Israel Vasquetelle. “Over the past years, students have executed marketing campaigns, planned performances, participated in music video shoots, worked behind the scenes on a music industry web series, gained credits on productions, and much more."
The Coding Club is a place where students of all skill levels can come together to help each other learn and grow their coding skills in a supportive environment.
Coding club members work together to obtain a greater understanding of programming languages and develop innovative technologies. The club features regular events like game jams and coding courses designed to provide tangible experiences for its members, in addition to professional networking opportunities.
Making a difference in the community has always been a priority at Full Sail. Pure Motivation, our volunteer group, gives students and staff the chance to make an impact through special events and charities. In the past, Pure Motivation has partnered with Special Olympics, Second Harvest Food Bank, March of Dimes, Toys for Tots, Habitat for Humanity, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida, among others.
“We attempt to get involved at all levels and be of service in whatever way our community asks,” says staff sponsor Stacy O’Mara.
In 2014, Full Sail’s chapter of the Collegiate DECA was brought to campus and since that time, the group's members have won numerous regional and state competitions.
Founded in the 1950s, DECA is a nationally recognized club designed to unite future business leaders. This chapter is open to students from any of our degrees, as it helps students in all programs align their creative work with the business side of their field.
Full Sail students banded together in November 2013 to launch their own Cosplay Club and have since cultivated a community of passionate creators with a shared love of dressing as their favorite characters from pop culture, anime, and gaming.
“The students that come to Full Sail want to express themselves in a myriad of ways. Cosplay is all about sharing your passions in a very visible way,” says club advisor Kelley Harkins. “We encourage them to share knowledge and learn skills, to visualize their goals, while figuring out the steps it takes to get where they want to be.”
In addition to their regular meetings and workshops, these cosplayers have also been active with outside events – with trips to MegaCon, Spooky Empire, and more.
Established in 2016, the Extra Life Guild of Full Sail (nationally known as Extra Life) brings together students, alumni, and faculty to participate in gaming fundraising events for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals to provide families in need with medical services and equipment.
“Being a part of our Full Sail Extra Life team combines our passion for gaming and serving our community, providing an important reminder we are all human and have the ability to connect, support, and learn from one another,” says Humanities & Social Science Course Director Katie Brown-Bonafilia.
Full Sail’s Extra Life team also directly raises funds for Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in addition to participating in Extra Life’s annual, 24-hour Game Day.
International Student Society
The goal of the International Student Society (ISS) is to support Full Sail’s diverse international student population. What began just a few years ago as a small social group now includes over 1,000 members who participate in a mixture of recreational and career-oriented events.
“The International Student Society is a supportive and inclusive community at Full Sail that creates a multicultural networking space for students to discover and share their cultures,” says International Student Coordinator Tim Shaffer. “At our core, we are storytellers, networking conduits and a community of professional creatives.”
The ISS is composed of online and campus students from dozens of countries, including the United States. The group regularly hosts open meetings (to share ideas and provide feedback), social activities (such as mini-golf, bowling, and movie outings), monthly mentorship orientations (for students interested in becoming ISS mentors), and family-style holiday celebrations.