Each of Full Sail’s degree programs has an Advisory Board, a team of established leaders (both grads and other industry professionals) in the field who bring their outside knowledge into Full Sail for annual meetings with program directors and faculty members. These board members help shape and adapt each degree program’s curriculum, by letting educators know what’s changing in the industry, what new software is being introduced, and what else students need to be learning to be best prepared for a career in their chosen industry.
Besides helping to keep Full Sail’s curriculum up-to-date, there’s another benefit: When the committees meet on campus, program directors often organize a panel for students to attend, which was the case last week when members of Full Sail’s Audio Arts Program Advisory Committee took part in an Audio Arts Power Panel.
Five committee members – Richard Cadena (Author, Lighting Designer, and Consultant), Andre Lejune (Staff Instructor at InfoComm International), Frank Scheuring (Senior Mixer and Sound Designer/Recording Arts grad), Glenn Swan (Producer and Studio Manager), and Jeff Villanueva (Recording/Mixing Engineer/ Recording Arts grad) – gave their insight on how the audio industry is changing and shared advice on how students can best stay ahead of the game.
“Worry less about what’s changing and more on your craft,” said Frank to the packed crowd of Show Production and Recording Arts students in Full Sail Live 1. (Students in Full Sail’s online audio programs were able to watch a live stream of the event.)
Students lined up to ask the panelists everything from how to get the best internships to what type of equipment they should have at home. When all was said and done, more than a dozen questions had been addressed, and students headed back to class with a good amount of new, useful advice from the experts.