Tribeca Flashpoint Reviews

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Avg. time to find work: Found a job before graduating
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Average reviewer salary: $16,667

Tribeca Flashpoint's Top-Rated Degree Programs

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Film Production Average Rating
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Horrible School, Do Not Attend
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Graduation Year: 2010
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We were built up throughout our time at the school, being told that Companies were just ready to snatch us up as soon as we graduated. However as soon as we did, Career Services picked favorites and only helped a select few to obtain a job. Mostly of which were students in the Film department, as the Career Services people all had backgrounds in HR for the Film industry. They knew nothing about Game Development. The campus however was cutting edge, it gave us the correct tools, but execution of the education was very lacking. Non-motivated students were allowed to remain in groups instead of being repremanded to "cut the fat". They were allowed to stay to boost numbers early on in the school while motivated students were left to suffer doing all of the work with nothing to show for it.

Extremely disappointing
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Degree: Art/Art Studies, General
Graduation Year: 2012
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Throughout my time at Flashpoint, the curriculum changed so frequently that all the students became familiar with several programs (that we had to pay for) but never became more than a novice at anything unless they took the initiative to teach themselves outside of class. As a programmer, we learned one of the least useful languages which ended with no job offerings after graduation. Everything I know now is self taught.

Not worth the money, at all
DP -
Degree: Visual and Performing Arts, General
Graduation Year: 2014
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In my time at Tribeca Flashpoint, I was constantly slowed down by the professors and faculty. I quickly learned that if I was to get anything done, I would have to do it externally. What then is the point of paying $50,000 if I can learn and do what I'm doing in class not only outside of class, but in a more timely manner, with better quality, and more efficiently? Is it the vast array of coast to coast contacts they boast about? In my time here I've met only a hand full of industry professionals, and all in the Chicago area. Is it the access to the latest and greatest technology and programs? Every student must buy their own computer and programs, as all the computers in the class rooms are 8 years old, and they lack any kind of render farm which cost me literally hundreds of hours rendering out my own projects. The Career Services department is demeaning and condescending, acting as if they have to bend over backwards to provide you with anything more then guidance in writing your resume.  

Review By JoeyB
Degree: Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
Graduation Year: 2014
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If it was an option, I would give this school zero stars. Tribeca Flashpoint is a terrible waste of time. Do not come here or send your children here; the price tag is too high and you come out without much of an education. Your time is wasted on classes that are truly unnecessary and teachers do not listen to concerns, in fact, they spend their time justifying the "reasons" why the teach the way they teach. Their "career development" classes and their job fair are a joke. It is unclear to me how many students got jobs out of those scams but, judging by the amount of unemployed graduates, I can assume it's rather low. Upon seeing how past graduates are faring, I am not looking forward to searching for jobs on the field I've studied. If you're passionate about the fields that this school "teaches", do yourself a favor, get a monthly membership to either Lynda.com or DigitalTutors.com and learn from them... you'll be learning faster and more, not to mention you'll be saving a lot of money.

Tribeca Flashpoint Academy - A joke a...
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Degree: Video Game Design
Graduation Year: 2013
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Tell us about your college experience.

The school is a challenging one, and you will be pushed to the limits almost every week. If you want to learn about a particular field, this school is great, but the job will not follow. The career services team is insufferable, and will drive you to the edge of insanity. All they want is a quota (placement in field) average from you, and once that is met (it won't), they will stop contact with you altogether.

Would you get the same degree if you could start over?

I would NEVER choose TFA if I had a chance to start over. The school likes to mention that every school has the same type of career services program that depends on the student, but I know graduates of other schools who we're basically handed jobs before they even graduated (mostly real universities such as Purdue, Ball State, etc.). You will learn everything you need at the school, but you won't get a job from it.

What advice can you offer other students?

Do not choose a trade school, they are awful. Tribeca Flashpoint Academy boasts a 73% placement rate of students, but it requires 70% to even be considered a school, which is pathetic really. On top of all of this, you will be $50,000 in debt, with an 8% interest rate, for a TWO year school, with an associates degree. Don't waste your time, go to a real university.

stay away
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Degree: Computer Animation
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While the instructors are good and very knowledgeable what i learned while there it was geared towards west coast studios nothing here locally uses what I studied.what they don't tell you is NO studio hires students right out the gate you have find your internship some where and gain experience but who is really hiring ???Very few if that and more graphic design based than what you were expecting and as far as job placement they download job listings and email them to you ??They do no real work from what i seen other brown nosing companies to visit the campus they have these misleading advertisements claiming we have worked with real world clients thats a lie...the tours are lies ask how come the only do the tours when school is closed and financial aid is a joke there was only Sallie Mae loans they barely got FASFA these last couple of months. YTes the school is still developing its only 6 years old it maybe a great school someday but for now stay away the staff is brilliant but the powers that steer that ship are strictly business men who haven't the foggiest clue about cutting edge education the classes are made up the only classes that have any real structure are the english,speech and math courses your discipline classes are a hodgepodge of criteria and you really don't get proficient till the end near graduation ,so stay away go some where else they talk a good game but really cant deliver trust me.

No one cares about you while here
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Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2013
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The faculty only sees you as a waste of their time, and seems to think of all students as below them. On more than one occasion I have seen faculty yelling at and belittling students in the middle of a class.

Often time when working on a project the faculty or staff will never reply to you attempts at communicating, and when you cannot complete the project aspect because of their incompetence, they will blame you.

Most of your in class time will be spent doing nothing or listening to lecture. All the talk about hands on is simply for show, it never actually happens.

All the fancy equipment they are always talking about? Yeah it's over 7 years old. you can go buy a macbook pro and t3i and be better than what they have.

Connections the school brings? None. the only time you'll make a connection is by researching the people yourself, and simply use being a student as an excuse to contact said person. Almost all the time they will have never heard of the school.

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Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2013
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You would be better served throwing your money into a barrel and setting a match to it.

Response to Howard Tullman
Debby Borg -

We took a tour of Flashpoint earlier this month (I am the mom). They stated many times that YOU, the student, will be free lancing and YOU will have to go out and find jobs within the industry. With a portfolio and networking that takes place for two years, students have a better chance of landing something as opposed to getting a traditional four-year degree. There are no guarantees with any college degree--especially in this economy.

Your review sounded more like sour grapes to me! If you have talent, motivation and a passion for media arts, then this school is a stepping stone to your career. Don't expect to be handed a six-figure salary job the day after graduation.

Do not waste your time.
Howard Tullman -

This school is a joke. It doesn't matter how much they teach you of whatever they believe is "cutting edge" technology education, because you won't find any work once you graduate. They also don't tell you that you will be completely free lance and on your own to find work. That is IF you can find any at all.

This school, and the film industry in general is a lost cause. There are WAY too many people looking for work in the "business" for someone just starting out to make a name for themselves. Flashpoint will tell you that you have to move to L.A. In order find any work. The problem with that is, you think there are a lot of people in Chicago looking for work, just wait until you get to LA. And if you don't have money, how are you going to make it in California?

Basically you are better off going to Colombia college where you will receive a more well rounded education with more opportunities at finical aid, and your resume will look more impressive if you actually go to a school that people have heard of and has some accreditation.

Forget about Flashpoint. You'll just end up working in a gas station or Starbucks these days anyway.

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