Frequently Asked Questions
Where is TFA, and where can I find driving directions and parking information?
What are Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy’s admission requirements?
Does TFA offer continuing education or online classes?
Curriculum and Materials:
What will my weekly time commitment be as a TFA student?
Paying for School:
Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy is located in downtown Chicago, IL at 28 North Clark Street. Our mailing address is:
Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy
Yes! As of April 2011, TFA has been granted national accreditation by ACICS. Read our statement of accreditaton.
Tribeca Flashpoint Academy offers Associate of Applied Science degree programs in five disciplines: Film + Broadcast, Recording Arts, Animation + Visual Effects, Game + Interactive Media, and Design + Visual Communication.
TFA has a strategic partnership with Tribeca Enterprises, a diversified global media company based in New York City. Established in 2003 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, the company currently operates a network of branded entertainment businesses including the Tribeca Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival International, Tribeca Cinemas and Tribeca Film, a distribution initiative. Read more about Tribeca Enterprises.
TFA has a very personal admissions process that evaluates applicants across a number of criteria, both personal and academic. Read more about TFA's admissions requirements.
Yes! If you are an international student hoping to enroll at Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy, please visit our International Students section. For specific inquiries, you may contact International Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact us to find out about upcoming application deadlines for TFA's degree programs at 312.332.0707 or email@example.com.
TFA does offer accelerated programs designed for students who have compeleted 60 credit hours or more of college coursework. These programs begin annually in June, and continue for 15 months. To inquire about TFA's accelerated programs, contact us at 312.332.0707 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TFA does not offer online courses at this time.
Yes! TFA periodically holds one-week program for current high school students (grades ten through twelve). To inquire about upcoming high school program sessions, please contact us at 312.332.0707 or email us at email@example.com.
No. At this time we do not offer any programs for performing arts.
No, we do not guarantee employment after graduation.
TFA offers full-time, 68-credit programs. We encourage students to expect a 40-hour/week time commitment that may extend beyond 9-5 when enrolling in any of our intensive collegiate programs.
TFA’s coursework is automatically arranged to walk each student from their first year developing their creative process and gaining essential hard and soft skills, through the second year developing each student’s individual portfolio of work in their focused study track. Tell us what your passion is -- we’ll do the rest.
With the exception of students in TFA's accelerated Professional Program, all students must completed required general education classes, or Core Studies classes. Core Studies courses are specifically designed to build upon and complement work in each student’s discipline. To read more about TFA's Core Studies classes, please consult the course catalog for each discipline:
Because TFA offers a fast-paced, intensive and immersive program, a dual major is not possible.
Yes. TFA has a Career Services department that helps train students in resume writing, professional practices, and interview skills, and develops ongoing relationships between TFA, its students, and key industry players. Read more about TFA's Career Services department.
Yes! TFA students often work with experienced industry professionals on real world projects with industry partners. In the past, Tribeca Flashpoint students have worked on many large scale projects for internationally recognized companies and brands.
What materials (e.g. books, laptop, software) will I be required to purchase as an incoming student?
The materials list for incoming students differs from discipline to discipline. To make sure each incoming student has the most up-to-date hardware and software available, discipline-specific materials lists will be mailed to all incoming students approximately one month before classes begin. We ask that students wait until their materials list arrives before they purchase a laptop or software.
TFA has relationships with several shared dorms in downtown Chicago that provide housing for students. Read more about student housing.
You can find the most up-to-date Academic Calendar in the Student Life section.
TFA prides itself on offering competitive tuition and financial aid. While total tuition for other media and arts institutions can exceed $85,000 over the course of their respective programs, tuition for Tribeca Flashpoint’s accelerated two year program is $50,000 total (or $25,000 per year). Additional fees include annual student fees ($250) and a one-time application fee ($150).
To further curb the cost of education, TFA provides scholarships and various financial aid opportunities. Over 75% of our students have received some form of financial aid, including: (i) merit based scholarships (ii) loans for qualified students and (iii) GI benefits for qualified veterans.
For more detailed tuition, fees, and financial aid information, visit the Tuition + Financial Aid page of our Admissions section, or contact the Financial Aid Office at 312.506.0631.
Yes! Eligible veterans may use their G.I. Bill educational benefits to attend TFA. Additional information can be found on our Tuition + Financial Aid page, or by calling Admissions at 312.332.0707.
Frequently Asked Questions