Year in Review 2016: Awards and Accolades

Our Year in Review series features the best of life at Full Sail in 2016, highlighting award-winning grads, student work, industry guests, and more.

2016 proved to be another incredible year for so many Full Sail students, alumni, faculty members, and staff. Members of the Full Sail community were recognized by their peers with some of their industries’ biggest honors, picking up nominations, awards, and accolades for their achievements. We took a look back at some the highlights from the year:

  • Robin Koman, Department Chair of the Game Design master’s program, kicked off 2016 by visiting the Facebook Headquarters for a one-day boot camp. The boot camp brought together 100 people from all over the country, selected by Oculus, as part of a new diversity initiative called Launch Pad. 
  • In March of 2016, Full Sail University made the Princeton Review’s 2016 list of “Top Graduate & Undergraduate Schools to Study Game Design.”
  • The March/April 2016 issue of Graphic Design USA featured Full Sail in their 2016 Top Design Schools list. Full Sail graduates Kevin Yang (DAD) and Sara Tinnick (Media Design MFA) were acknowledge in the magazine for their contributions to the field of graphic design.
  • The Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and College (FAPSC) recognized Full Sail’s Chief Financial Officer, Deborah Magruder, for her contributions to education. Deborah received the award for Administrator of the Year in July at the organization’s annual conference.
  • Billboard magazine named Full Sail a “program of note” for pre-law students in October of 2016.
  • In November, Full Sail University was named one of the 2016 “Top 25 Music Schools” by The Hollywood Reporter. This marks the fourth consecutive year that Full Sail has been featured.
  • In February of 2016, tradition continued as the GRAMMY Celebration at Full Sail Live was hosted to celebrate the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards. 36 total Full Sail grads were credited on 35 projects across 32 different categories. Among the winners were Brendan Morawski for his work as an Assistant Engineer on Taylor Swift’s 1989 which took home Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album; and Andrew Coleman and Hart Gunther for Engineering credits on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, which won Best Rap Album.
  • The 52nd Annual Cinema Audio Society Awards were also held in February. The awards, which honor sounds in film and television, gave nominations to three Full Sail Recording Arts graduates, Gary Rizzo, Brett Voss, and Michael P. Clark for outstanding work in sound mixing.
  • The spirit of awards season continued in February as the 88th Annual Academy Awards recognized the work of 117 Full Sail graduates who worked on 21 Oscar-nominated films across 26 different categories. Mad Max: Fury Road had contributions from 25 graduates and took home six awards in Production Design, Film Editing, Costume Design, Makeup & Hairstyling, Sound Mixing, and Sound Editing.
  • The 17th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards were held in November and 16 Full Sail alumni were credited for their work on nominated projects in 14 different categories. Dave Clauss took home two awards for his work on Shakira and Carlos Vives’ song “La Bicicleta,” which as up for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Mastering Engineer Felipe Tichauer was awarded for his work on Tropix, which won Best Engineered Album. 
  • Rounding out the year, the Game Awards 2016 were held at the beginning of December. 74 graduates and one student worked on nominated projects across 17 different categories. Of the 74 graduates and one student, 36 grads and one student won awards across nine categories.

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