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Chicago Innovation Award Winner


Winner in: 2008
Winning Product: Media Education
Winner Category: Chicago Innovation Award
Industry: Civic and Education

Imagine if college actually enabled you to have a future career in film direction, video game development, or computer animation, and accomplished all of it in 2 years? Flashpoint, the first accredited college of its kind in the United States, makes this a reality. Students learn by doing in real-world, state-of-the-art facilities. Half of your time in the program is spent doing real work outside the classroom. This new-to-the world education innovation located in the heart of The Loop provides a practical, effective alternative to traditional higher education. Majors include film, recording arts, visual effects & animation, game development, and broadcast media. Flashpoint graduates see results, period. The number of jobs for multi-media animators, producers, and directors increases by more than 12% each year. Flashpoint feeds directly into these exciting, lucrative industries. It is no surprise, then, that Flashpoint has successfully raised over $16 million to build and equip the College. The school now has an annual revenue run rate of more than $5 million. Flashpoint works with Hollywood studios, game companies, ad agencies, consumer product companies, and film companies, resulting in a high percentage of students finding employment upon graduation.

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