I’m actually a current student at full sail, and I remember them saying all that stuff when I was looking at the school that said you have to be really good at drawing to succeed there. First off, they don’t require a portfolio to get in, so obviously they aren’t that concerned with how good an artist you are, no matter what they claim.
In fact, some of the worst artists there seem to succeed better than most just because it is such a technical school. You don’t earn a BA, it’s a BS, and they only have 2 pure art classes (although classes change from month to month, depending on when you start), so your grades won’t be affected much if you can’t draw all that well. And yes, as the previous poster said, they do work you to the bone.
It’s a 24 hour school, and they really mean that when they say it. I’ve slept there before, as have most of the other CA students. We do have a nice lounge though with a long padded bench that makes a great place for naps I think that for some, Full Sail can be a great school and a great learning experience.
Personally though, I do wish I had chosen a four year school instead. I’m a bit of a slow learner and I also love art, so I think I would have done better at a different school that has more of an emphasis on the art side of things and gave you more time to be creative with what you learn.
The main thing that attracted me to full sail was the degree in two years. I’m older than most students (I’m 27), so I really liked the idea of earning a degree fast so that I could start working sooner. I’m almost done with the program now and I feel burned out mostly because I do like art and being creative, but full sail is more about learning the technical knowledge as fast as possible. This school really is good for the technically minded, so if you had an easy time when you were playing with 3D programs, this might be a good place for you.
Personally, I found Maya incredibly difficult in the beginning, but now I feel like I’ve lived within it for so long that it’s seeped into my blood or something… I have these maya dreams where maya is a massive computer that can think for itself and has a female vocie that talks to me and it creates these fantastic, fully alive creatures that are sometimes good and sometimes bad… yeah, so I think full sail may be driving me a little crazy
Anyways, I think now that the technical stuff is almost second nature and I can concentrate more on art once I graduate. I think I’ll feel better about full sail in a couple of months when I get to finally start working on my demo reel too
The main point of this long rant is that if you can’t draw and are more technically minded, full sail may actually be the best place for you. Other schools would probably penalize you grade wise if you’re not all that great at drawing. And personally, I think modeling and drawing are two different skills anyways and they don’t necessarily have to be completely interconnected… sculpting isn’t drawing or painting.
Although practicing your drawing skills can’t do anything but help If you want to do character/organic modeling, you’ll have to study anatomy anyways so you could just get an anatomy book and practice drawing stuff out of there