Former digital media school gains prestigious title

Full Sail becomes University

Full Sail Real World Education, the Florida-based digital media school, has been granted the right to change its name to Full Sail University.

The university currently offers 13 degree programmes, including one in game development. The faculty hopes that by changing its name it will gain more credibility.

"In the hierarchy of education institutions, there are schools, there are colleges and there are universities," Full Sail president Garry Jones told the Orlando Sentinel.

"A university title denotes the highest rung. There is a certain amount of prestige and pride that comes with the name. You have to earn the distinction of being a university and you have to do it by having a long track record of being an institution in good standing and having graduates that you can qualitatively prove are successful."

Full Sail has also simultaneously unveiled a 1,700 foot-long Hollywood-style studio backlot, designed to give students experience of working in a real movie facility. It includes 18 facades, including a recreation of New York’s Time Square.

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