Sunday, September 30, 2012

Full Sail GPS

As a Studio Artist at Full Sail, there are certain classes that I am required to take. Dan Riebold told me about this class on GPS so I agreed to go. Most of the instructors hunkered down in the back row like deviant students. I sat in the second to last row with a fair view of the room full of instructors.

The GPS program was started after Full Sail students were sent to help out a local production company. Of the ten students sent to help, only two were considered hire able by the company. The students knew how to use the equipment, but they lacked motivation or that extra spark of knowing how to solve problems even before they cropped up.

When a student starts their studies at Full Sail, they are given 100 GPS points. If they are tardy they can loose 5 GPS points. If they fall asleep in a lecture they can loose points. Each teacher decides if point reductions are needed. On the flip side, points can be awarded if a student goes above and beyond by assisting other students or volunteering in the classroom or community. It was this community volunteering that perked up my ears as I imagine it might offer sketch opportunities and good human interest stories.

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