Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy Expands Curriculum, Becomes Tribeca Flashpoint College

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Applied Media Arts College Now Offering Bachelor’s Degrees and More

Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy, a four-year creative college offering programs that span film, design, marketing, animation and audio engineering, announced that it has become Tribeca Flashpoint College. The change in designation to “College” reflects the institution’s expanding reputation as a leader in media arts education.

“In addition to broadening and deepening our educational offerings, we have expanded our student services, particularly in the areas of career services and student finance,” said Tribeca Flashpoint College CEO, Todd Steele. “We've also maintained excellent educational outcomes, specifically graduation and job placement rates, which are increasingly important to our students and their parents. In light of the rich and effective educational experience afforded to our students, we believe ‘College’ to be a more appropriate designation for our institution.”

Central to Tribeca Flashpoint’s curriculum is an emphasis on project-based learning. The school forges wide-ranging industry relationships through which students have opportunities to work alongside award-winning faculty practitioners on real-world client projects—honing their skills, gaining a first-hand understanding of how the industry operates, and building a robust portfolio of real-world experience. Recent partners include Second City, Shorts HD, Hardshell Labs, Plante Moran, GrubHub and the upcoming feature film Thrill Ride.

“I’ve spent more than two decades working in the film industry; what makes Tribeca Flashpoint College such a compelling institution is that it was created by the industry for the industry,” said Peter Hawley, Academic Dean and 25-year film industry veteran. “As our institution has evolved and expanded its offerings, we have maintained our commitment to industry-relevant, project-based education which is the hallmark of a Tribeca Flashpoint education.”

On the Horizon:
In addition to its academic programming, Tribeca Flashpoint College offers frequent workshops, panel discussions, industry-leading guest speakers and other events through which attendees gain up-to-the-minute insights and knowledge. The school also serves as a cultural center for the media, arts and communications communities, hosting film screenings, art exhibitions, media festivals, conferences and corporate events.

On Saturday, May 9, the college will host its 2015 graduation ceremony at Navy Pier, welcoming Saturday Night Live alum Julia Sweeney as commencement speaker. This summer, budding digital media teen artists can participate in the school’s Next Level Summer Workshops focusing on visual effects, film production and music recording.

Tribeca Flashpoint College is a bachelor’s degree-granting institution specializing in media, arts and communications. Located in downtown Chicago, the school offers programs in film, design, marketing, animation, audio engineering and more. The school employs a distinctive model of education, rooted in deep industry connections, personal and professional mentorship, and a project-based curriculum. For more information, visit http://www.tribecaflashpoint.edu (formerly http://www.tfa.edu).

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