Since opening our doors in 2001, the Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) has been committed to education programs in 21st century literacy and to innovative film programming. The Media Arts Lab, our state-of-the art facility located down the street from the JBFC Theater in Pleasantville, NY, is the hub of our education programs. Our international faculty presents dozens of courses in multimedia storytelling for children, teens, and adults at the Lab. In addition, we create and teach innovative programs for schools and organizations. By integrating visual communication into the pre-K through grade 12 curriculum, we are working to transform education nationally and internationally.

You can always visit the Education section of the JBFC Blog to find out the most recent information on classes and learn more about what we teach here!

Fall 2014 Courses for Kids, Teens, Adults, and Families
JBFC offers innovative programs in new media, documentary and fiction film production, screenwriting, animation, and so much more for students from pre-K through adulthood. With courses after school, on weekends, and in the evenings, there’s something for everyone. 

Registration for Fall 2014 is NOW OPEN!

Volunteer Training & Information Sessions
Interested in volunteering with us this fall? Join us in September for trainings and information sessions for our education programs: 

Minds in Motion: Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 | 10am-12:30pm

See Hear Feel Film:
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 | 10am-12:30pm

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Mastering Media Literacy
The newest initiative of the education department is an interactive website. Featuring curriculum, the JBFC Learning Framework, visual glossary, communication forums, resources, and curated media. Read more about redefining literacy for a visual culture in the new book, Mastering Media Literacy. JBFC Edu. Dir., Emily Keating, and former Dir. of Edu. Innovation, Holen Kahn, are contributing authors.

Media Maker Festival | Oct. 25, 2014
Come celebrate the launch of our new education website with a fun day of hands-on projects for kids, teens, and adults! From stop-motion animation and light-painting to iPhone photography lessons and a visual scavenger hunt challenge, the day will be brimming with activities for every age. Meet our amazing faculty, explore our state-of-the-art Media Arts Lab, and, of course, there will be popcorn! The event is free and open to the public so stop by any time between 10am and 1pm.

Summer Teachers Institute 2014
Our Summer Teachers Institute 2014 was a huge success! We'd like to thank everyone who participated for their time, dedication, eagerness, and feedback. Check back soon for details about Summer Teachers Institute 2015. 

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Scholarships Available
Thanks to the generous support of individuals, corporations, foundations and government agencies, we are able to offer scholarship support to individuals and organizations that demonstrate financial need.

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For info on future programs sign up for our monthly Media Arts Lab E-Bulletin.