One of the coolest things about going to Full Sail University is this thing they call the LaunchBox. Basically they give you, as part of your tuition, all the stuff you need to be successful in your program (other than a brain and natural creativity, they don’t give you that).
So what is the LaunchBox. Well, in the words of Full Sail University,
Project LaunchBox complements Full Sail’s programs by providing students with access to a complete mobile studio for use throughout their school career and after graduation. With Project LaunchBox, students of all levels will be able to utilize their own personal MacBook Pro notebook computer loaded with Apple’s complete line of creative software tools, as well as degree specific sets of pro-level applications.
With this unique combination of professional software and hardware, Full Sail students now have uninterrupted access to the tools they need. This mobile studio also allows them to have their portfolio conveniently at their fingertips at all times.
Every program at Full Sail University has a slightly different LaunchBox. Here is a description of mine.
Digital Cinematography Project LaunchBox Specs
- Apple MacBook Pro, 15″ 2.66GHz Intel Core i7, 4GB SDRAM, 500GB/5400RPM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 512MB
- Applecare Extended Warranty
- One-year individual MobileMe subscription
- iWork 2009
- Final Cut Studio
- Adobe CS5
- Microsoft Office Mac 2011 Media Set
- Movie Magic Budgeting
- Westcott uLite 3 Light kit (second year)
- 701HDV Tripod Kit (second year)
- Mic 25′ XLR Cable
When I was first talking to them about the program I asked if I had to get the LaunchBox since I already had most of the hardware and software that we would be using for the program. They said I had to get it so that every student has exactly the same setup. This makes troubleshooting support issues way easier. After they explained this to me I was in agreement with. As a matter of fact, I liked this principle so much I suggested to Christopher, my son, that he look into going to Full Sail University instead of the Institute of Art in San Francisco.
I got my LaunchBox about three weeks ago. I have my MacBook Pro setup the way I like. All the software is installed and now all I have to do is wait for class to start which, as of this writing, is two days away.