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Tribeca Flashpoint Academy Offers High School Seniors Fast Track to Job Success

  (January 03, 2013)

CHICAGO, Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --For high school seniors passionate about media arts, Tribeca Flashpoint Academy offers both a road less traveled and a fast track to job success.

Unlike traditional four-year undergraduate programs, TFA is part-college, part-industry apprenticeship, allowing students to obtain their associate degree in a variety of media and communications disciplines in just two years.

"I've gone on film shoots, I've been in film studios with legends like Ramsey Lewis. I've recorded music festivals," said Recording Arts student Dennis Huston. "It's a great environment. The teachers are top-notch. The students here are motivated. The staff is incredibly supportive. It's a great place and I love it."

And that intensive, real-world project work has proven fundamental to TFA students' remarkable record of job placement and career success.

"Because their education here is compact, and it's intensive, and because you have state-of-the-art equipment, they are far more prepared when they get out into the real world," said Matt Antrim of T2-Back Alley Films, which hires TFA students.

"Some of these students have the most real-world, applicable experience I've ever encounteredAnd that's a really great experience, to know that when they come to our company, they'll be able to hit the ground running," said Mike Stratta of creative agency LimeGreen.

The TFA curriculum is based on a progressive training model that replaces book study with hands-on project work. Through client-student partnerships, TFA students graduate with a resume packed with project experience across its academic disciplines: Film + Broadcast, Recording Arts, Animation + Visual Effects, Game + Interactive Media, and Design + Visual Communication.

TFA's teaching faculty consists of industry professionals committed to exposing students to the grind and the glory of the media arts industries.

"What I loved about Tribeca Flashpoint Academy from day one was the immediate sense of passion for the art of audio from not only the faculty, but the students as well," said Recording Arts instructor Tim Rusin, who worked with artists Smashing Pumpkins, Smoking Popes, The Dandy Warhols and Lisa Loeb before joining TFA.

TFA is one of the industry's premier media arts schools. It was founded as a venture with Robert De Niro's Tribeca Enterprises.

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