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 With Us!
Our programs are made possible because of the passion and dedication of our volunteers. We encourage you to get involved! Join us for an introductory session, and you, too, can be a mentor to some bright students today!

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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.

Summer Teachers Institute 2014
The Summer Teachers Institute is returning this summer. We encourage educators to join us July 21-25 for a multi-disciplinary experience that will provide curriculum, strategies and resources for P-12 education across content areas such as English Language Arts, Social Studies, Art, and Science.  

Registration is now CLOSED

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Summer @ the Lab
Our Lab Camp program is now underway and Summer Co-op will be starting soon! 

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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.