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About Mission, Licensing, Accreditation, Outcomes

Mission, Licensing, Accreditation, Outcomes


Flashpoint is committed to the advancement of higher learning in the fields of media arts and sciences. Our collaborative, hands-on, intensive approach prepares students to become industry professionals through the mastery of contemporary tools, techniques, and business practices. Through exposure to the latest technical developments and trends, we develop critical thinkers and problem-solvers in an experiential environment.

Utilizing media professionals and client-based projects transforms the classroom and erases the boundary between institution and industry, culminating in career-ready graduates who define the standards of a 21st century media arts professional.


Flashpoint, The Academy of Media Arts and Sciences (d/b/a), Flashpoint, has received degree-granting authority and approval to operate in Illinois from the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE).

The Illinois Board of Higher Education
1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza
Suite 333
Springfield, IL 62701-1377
Main Phone: 217-782-2551

In addition, this Institution is authorized by

The Indiana Board for Proprietary Education
101 W. Ohio St., Suite 670
Indianapolis, IN 46204-1984

In order to file a complaint with the Illinois Board of Higher Education, please use the following link

The Institution is accredited by the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award academic associate and bachelor’s degrees. The Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools is listed as a national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


750 First Street, NE, Suite 980
Washington, DC 20002-4241
Phone: 202-336-6780

TRIBECA FLASHPOINT COLLEGE, CHICAGO has been placed on student achievement show-cause by their accreditor, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (“ACICS”), because of material noncompliance with retention standards, having reported a 38% on the 2017 Campus Accountability Report.

On December 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) submitted a final decision to withdraw federal recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Although ACICS is no longer federally recognized, USDE will provisionally certify ACICS-accredited schools for continued participation in the federal student aid programs for up to 18 months from the date of this decision.  This 18-month period will allow schools to seek alternative accreditation from another federally accredited agency to maintain eligibility to receive funds under Title IV, HEA programs.  If the institution does not obtain accreditation by June 12, 2018, the institution would no longer be eligible to receive funds under Title IV, HEA programs.

As previously announced, after an intensive, three-year process and review by USDE and approval by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), Flashpoint is merging with Columbia College Hollywood (CCH), which is expected to be completed in March 2018.

If you have additional questions regarding USDE’s decision or the process or our merger with CCH, please contact the college.  Any student at the college that has a complaint relating to Title IV eligibility or administration, the quality of education received at the college, or otherwise relating to accreditation standards of ACICS can submit that complaint to the college’s administration and/or to any of the following:

US Department of Education Complaint Website:

Illinois Board of Higher Education Online Complaint System:

Consumer Protection Division of the Illinois Attorney General, Online Complaint Submission Form:










AAS, Film + Broadcast82%87%81%93%86%
AAS, Recording Arts75%82%82%97%83%
AAS, Animation + Visual Effects75%76%95%93%83%
AAS, Game + Interactive Media78%78%82%91%91%
AAS, Design + Visual Communication69%88%91%N/AN/A








AAS, Game + Interactive Media50%44%44%46%62% 65%
AAS, Film + Broadcast79%91%84%78%63%69%
AAS, Design + Visual Communication 89% 100% 100%91%N/AN/A
AAS, Animation + Visual Effects50%73%72%74%80%88%
AAS, Recording Arts74%84%84%
BS Digital Media, Postproduction100%
BS Digital Media, Digital Marketing100%







Retention rate is the percentage of students entering one fall who are still enrolled the following fall. The retention rate population for federal reporting purposes is carefully defined as new college students (first-time freshmen) enrolled in a degree-seeking program.

Graduation rates measure the percentage of first-time students who complete their program within 150% of the expected time.

Placement rate measures the percentage of graduates who find employment after graduation. See also: definition of placement. definition of placement

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