The school, which opened in its location at 28 N Clark Street in 2007, offers two-year programs for students looking to focus on Film + Broadcast, Recording Arts, Animation + Visual Effects, Game + Interactive Media, and Design + Visual Communication.
The school boasts national accreditation by ACICS (newly acquired in April 2011) and a partnership with Tribeca Enterprises (the same company that’s responsible for the Tribeca Film Festival and Tribeca Film distribution). Tribeca Enterprises, founded by Robert DeNiro, his producing partner Jane Rosenthal and her investor husband Craig Hatkoff, took a 50 percent interest in the school in April, 2010. The Flashpoint: The Academy of Media Arts and Sciences rebranded itself with its current name and has maintained a partnership with the mega entertainment company ever since.
Tuition isn’t cheap at $25,000 per year (so about $50,000 total spent on the degree), but compared to competitor Columbia College, which costs about $20,000 a year (so about $80,000 for a four-year degree), the Tribeca Flashpoint can save students a pretty penny. TFA offers scholarships, and the school maintains that 75% of current students have received some kind of financial aid.
Programs are intensive and fast paced, and students must still fulfill general education requirements in addition to their core classes (sorry kids, you still can’t quite get out of taking math class).
Students at TFA get a whole playground of impressive tech facilities. The school is equipped with a two-floor sound stage at the Merchandise Mart and a studio at the CBS Broadcast Facility (108 N. State Street). The properties house a motion capture studio (for animation and video game creation), a screening room, four sound recording studios, a fully equipped film studio, computer labs with film editing and video game software, a gaming lab, and other multi-purpose spaces that serve as screening rooms, lobbies and meeting spaces.
TFA also offers summer programs for high school students, options for international students, continuing education classes and career services for all TFA students.
Take a look at the Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy as president and CEO of the school Howard Tullman gives a tour of the campus.