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Tribeca Flashpoint
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Avg. time to find work: Found a job before graduating
% career related to degree: 17%
Average reviewer salary: $20,000

Tribeca Flashpoint's Top-Rated Degree Programs

Program Average Rating Percent Employed Average Time to Hire Average Salary % Degree Helped Career
Video Game Design Average Rating
Percent Employed --- Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $20,000 % Degree Helped Career 0%
Film Production Average Rating
Percent Employed --- Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $20,000 % Degree Helped Career 33%
Multimedia Design Average Rating
Percent Employed --- Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $25,000 % Degree Helped Career 0%

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Degree: Audiovisual Communications Technologies/Technicians, Other
Graduation Year: 2012
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I went here for an entire month in 2012. I had to take out student loans upon which only Sally Mae was provided, being told that there is hope in federal funding opportunities in the future. I withdrew because I knew I couldn't keep myself in that hole of debt, let alone work for companies I do not like (like fast food advertising for ten years just to get somewhere because I have debt); which seemed to be the setup of this school and it's employers. Sure there are those lucky few, but the 70% that would supposedly get jobs, almost all are for companies that you couldn't find a soul in. So I withdrew assuming my deadline was in so I could get out clean without debt. Now, 2 years later, Sally May is taking legal action against me and I am facing homelessness. I have a hard time finding minimum wage work let alone pay for rent and food as a result of my credit score being below what I can get to get approved for rent, or even to work some jobs, solely from this one decision. Please, this is a money making school. While some of the teachers were fantastic, the administration spends all its time wasting its money on advertising. Now at the time with loans after 2 years, I calculated I would be about 78,000 in debt after the Sally May compound interest after the initial 50,000. I'm happy I at least have only 6,000 of debt now instead of what would be much much more, but was it worth it? If I can share my story with you all, I would please advise against this school. Your portfolio speaks for itself, and this school doesn't really get you a job per say, they just do a good job of selling you, it is a business not so much an institution. Now I'm not taking away their right to make money, that's fine, I'm just saying if you REALLY want to get into this area (Audio, Video Game, Animation, or Video) please take free online courses, Youtube videos, teach yourself, make a few pieces of artwork to build your portfolio, and go straight to the employers or make connections at concerts or wherever you find yourself attracted to. I went here because I was sold, and sold myself in a sense, into a fear that I need security to make it into that world. I have moved to LA since then, and even though I am homeless now, I understand how much more transparent these industries are. Their security is tight, consists of a sexist ex-police officer, and I won't go into details because that's not the core of what I am writing about. While they do let you use their equipment, you spend most of your time trying to sign forms and clearances and there is ALWAYS a sense of mistrust among the administrators and students which always creates a barrier for creativity. The teachers themselves aren't always satisfied with their work as I have seen one leave this school while I was there for the month. Please don't think I am trying to leash out onto this school after my misfortune of digging my own hole, but please don't make the same mistake I have. If you are a kid with money, invest in some equipment, or just start with anything you have right now, don't let other people fool you that they can get you to do something, only you can. Write, draw, design on the computer, do what you need to do, but capture your imagination while you still have that flame.

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You Get What You Put In
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Degree: Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
Graduation Year: 2013
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I went to school with peers that said the same criticism as below. What it factors down to is how much work did you put into your own education. TFA is built upon the declaration of Malcolm Gladwell. He says that it takes roughly ten thousand hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field. With this being said, all the fields that Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy teaches can be learned on your own time. A popular wave of thinking right now is "Film School in a Book". What this means is that the film, game and recording studios do not care what school you graduated from is nor your GPA while attending. What they do care about is your reel, portfolio and resume experience. If you graduate within two years that means you will have two years experience on anyone graduating within 4-5 years. TFA tries to condense the education you would get from a typical four year university into a two year course. Their classes are designed for hands on training. Your first year is designed to give you the basics of each field. For example, as a Film and Broadcast graduate I learned the basics to producing, cinematography, editing, screenplay writing and sound design. Your second year you really get to dive deep into the field of your desire. Keep in mind though that you will not be able to log 10,000 hours of practice within two semesters of classes. TFA expects you to check out their equipment and do projects outside of class. Some of my second year classes were just to critique our class project and watch what our peers were creating. The projects themselves were to be completed outside of class. This teaches you time management and how to multi-task. There were times that I had to figure out certain aspects of a software program or problem solve on my own. It instilled in me a sense of how to conquer software and hardware that I have never touched before without fear of a safety net. With the luxury of small classes the professors and chair heads know all of the students and receive reports about how each student is doing. At the end of every group project and end of every semester we are expected to fill out class surveys about how we interacted with our group. Who slacked off and who worked hard. As well as if the class was informative and if there are any suggestions on how to improve the classes for next semester. I have personally seen the chair head of the film department come into a class that was getting negative reviews only to say that they would be addressing the situation that week and how they would improv our experience. The following semester the class was drastically different. Professors are on the chopping block as well since this is a for profit school. If enough students feel as though they do not learn well from a professor, I have seen them replaced. While attending TFA I have been able to hear from a new industry professional every month telling their story on how they got started and what is going on in our field currently. I was also able to work with real industry clients while still in school, adding to my resume before graduation. Their career services is the most interactive and helpful group I have come across from ANY university. The alumni's from TFA stick together and try to help out new graduates with work where they can. At the end of the day this is a school that is less than a decade old and is still maturing. There is a lot of room for improvement but they have no illusions of other wise and are willing to work hard for the students. The only way to show a successful track record is to have college graduates working in their field of expertise so that is priority number one to them. Again, it's all about what you put into your education and learning. If you go home and slack off then you will never succeed.

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Tribeca Flashpoint Academy - 5 days ago

Hi there!

Thanks for your review. You are spot on with your commentary. We're always trying to improve the student experience, and there are definitely hours spent outside the classroom. We are so glad you had a positive experience at TFA.

- TFA

Not worth it, bro.
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Degree: Game and Interactive Media Design
Graduation Year: 2013
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The only reason I give 2 stars to school experience is because of the connections I met while attending. You will literally learn nothing if you decide to attend this school. Don't waste your money or your time.

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Tribeca Flashpoint Academy - 5 days ago

We are disappointed to hear that you feel you didn't learn anything at Tribeca Flashpoint Academy. Our aim is to provide students with practical training as well as the hands-on experience they'll need to take their passion and turn it into a career. We are glad to hear you made connections while at TFA. We hope they are serving you well!

- TFA

Went from Good to Worse...
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Degree: Game and Interactive Media Design
Graduation Year: 2014
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Tribeca Flashpoint Academy advertises as a great school to get ahead of other entry-level competition when graduating due to their fast paced, on hands styled teaching. Although the school does this, they also tell the students that what they teach can be out dated very fast. The first year of experience was great, as students learn all the different aspects of their career field. The second year, as a focus, is very poor though. As a game student, I feel very unprepared as I graduate in 2014. Half of it is on my end of simply not doing work 24/7. The other half is feeling lacking of skill that could of been pushed for or forced to work on via school. Half of the classes I took the last school year were also a joke, as they provided useful skills, but not nearly as useful as they could have been. I basically paid the tuition of $50,000 for an intro to everything and then some advice on how to go about teaching myself anything else. I couldn't be more dissatisfied. The school is not horrible, but with it's recent changes this past year, I feel ripped off. The replacing of many game faculty, a change of president/CEO, and the very unprofessional organization appears to be the cause of a great school to fall quickly. I really hope this school picks up on its efforts.

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Tribeca Flashpoint Academy - 5 days ago

Hi Keegan -

We love hearing student feedback, so thank you for taking the time to write this review. We're sorry to hear that you don't feel that your money was well-spent with us. We aim to give you the tools, skills and equipment you need to do that, but we can't put in the hours for you.

We are a work in progress as a school, and we always will be. Tribeca Flashpoint Academy aims to provide up-to-date training to its students, which means that there will be changes to curriculum and staff as necessary to provide the best training for our students.

We are certainly always aiming to improve students' experience, and reviews like this help so thanks again.

- TFA

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.

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Tribeca Flashpoint Academny - 5 days ago

Hi CK!

We're glad to hear you liked the campus, and sorry to hear about your feelings about your peers. Like every college, we cannot guarantee employment for every student upon graduation. Many of our hard-working students find work in their desired field shortly after graduation, but none of our students are handed jobs. The industries that we train students for are very competitive. In addition to earning your degree, landing a job requires that you take advantage of the networking opportunities presented to you, work hard to create a solid portfolio while at TFA, and put in lots of independent effort into the application and interviewing process. We do our best to set our students up for success, but getting a job is ultimately the responsibility of each student. To take advantage of our alumni resources, including our alumni-only job board, please feel free to contact Career Services at 312.332.0707.

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No one at that school ever wanted to be handed a job, but we all deserved a fighting chance. Some students were worked with well more than others and it was obvious favorites were picked. Jill G., the head of the Career Services Department, held grudges against any students who voiced their concerns and acted extremely unprofessionally. The only thing that the students needed to obtain a start in their career was a decent contact. Many of the contacts given had nothing to do with our field. One contact I was given was for IT work at a public school, just proving that the career services department had no idea what game development was all about. I find it even more insulting that this is what is considered to be "your best".

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.

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Tribeca Flashpoint Academy - 5 days ago

Hi S.M. -

Thanks for taking time to write this review. Changes in curriculum are inevitable as we aim to provide the most up-to-date training possible. The digital media industry changes constantly and quickly. At TFA, we aim to give you the training you need in the classroom that you will be able to take into the real world to complete 10,000 hours needed to gain mastery in your desired field. It's not possible in the 40 hour week for you to become masterful. There must be hours spent outside the classroom dedicated to gaining mastery. We aim to give you the tools, skills and equipment you need to do that, but we can't put in the hours for you.

- TFA

Not worth the money, at all
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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.  

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Tribeca Flashpoint Academy - 5 days ago

We love hearing student feedback, so thank you for taking the time to write this review. We're sorry to hear that you don't feel that your money was well-spent with us. We pride ourselves on helping students turn their passion for art, storytelling and digital media into a real career. We do our very best to ensure you're getting the most bang for your buck at Tribeca Flashpoint Academy.

-TFA

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You honestly have come so low that you have to try and defend your reputation on a forum. (Obviously word of mouth isn't working for you) Not even Westwood, or University of Phoenix does this.

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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.

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Tribeca Flashpoint Academy - 5 days ago

Hi Joey!

We love hearing student feedback, so thank you for taking the time to write this review. We're sorry to hear that you don't feel that your money was well-spent with us. We pride ourselves on helping students turn their passion for art, storytelling and digital media into a real career. Our tuition costs are based on what it takes to keep industry-standard equipment at our students' fingertips and seasoned pros at the helm of the classroom. We do our very best to ensure you're getting the most bang for your buck at Tribeca Flashpoint Academy.

Please know that the Career Services team is always at your disposal. Feel free to call if we can help: 312.332.0707

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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.

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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.

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