The Media Arts Lab administrative offices are open Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm. The building is closed on all major holidays.
Photographs, videotaping, and filming of JBFC activities and programs are used for publicity and/or promotion of the JBFC. Those who do not want to be photographed or filmed for any purpose are asked to submit a written statement to the registrar. If a school group will be filmed or photographed, we will contact the teacher with as much advance notice as possible to request media releases.
Students take all courses at their own risk and waive the right to make any claims against Jacob Burns Film Center, Inc. for any injury, damage, or loss sustained while on their premises at 405 Manville Rd., 364 Manville Rd., and 5 Grant St., Pleasantville, NY 10570. We are not responsible for theft, loss, or damage to students’ personal belongings.
Students are expected to contribute to class activities, maintain a positive attitude, and exhibit respect for others at all times. The JBFC reserves the right to remove a student from a class, without refund, if this policy is violated or if more than two class meetings in a semester are missed.
Spaces are reserved in every course for those who demonstrate financial need. We encourage everyone to seek the support that will allow then to participate in Lab programs. Full and partial scholarships are available.
The JBFC’s Media Arts Lab is located at 405 Manville Rd, Pleasantville, NY 10570
The JBFC’s Theater is located at 364 Manville Road, Pleasantville, NY 10570
There is no parking at the Lab. Parking is available in municipal lots.
If a student is asked to leave a course due to inappropriate behavior or other circumstances deemed necessary by the JBFC, no refund will be given. If a student chooses to withdraw and does so in writing three weeks before the first day of class (Fall and Spring semester) 100% of the program fee will be refunded but the registration fee will be retained and an additional $25 cancellation fee will be charged.
For Summer @ the Lab programs, if a camper chooses to withdraw, and does so in writing prior to March 1, 2016, the program fee will be refunded. Withdrawal prior to May 1, 2016 will receive 50% refund of the program fee. NO refund will be given after May 1, 2016. In each case, the registration fee will be retained and a 5% administration fee will be charged.
If the JBFC cancels a course due to insufficient enrollment or other administrative reasons, all fees will be refunded. No refund will be given at any other time.
Students with special needs are encouraged to enroll in Media Arts Lab courses. The JBFC is committed to meeting the needs of all students. We strive to provide an optimal learning environment for all participants; a strong partnership and clear communication between our education faculty and parents is essential. We urge you to let us know if your child has an IEP at school or requires any special accommodations so that we may provide the proper support and ensure a positive experience for your child.
The JBFC will waive the participation fee and reimburse all transportation costs for schools in which a minimum of 35% of students qualify for a free or reduced lunch through the National School Lunch Program (according to the New York State Department of Education). We encourage all schools, regardless of financial circumstances, to participate in our programs and we will do our best to meet your needs. Schools with this financial qualification also have access to JBFC’s equipment at no cost according to the usage policy and based upon availability.
Schools are expected to provide one adult (teacher, parent, or other chaperone) for every 15 students. We suggest bringing one adult for every nine students with special needs.
There is no lunch room available at the JBFC’s Media Arts Lab or Theater.
Schools are responsible for making their own arrangements for transportation to and from the JBFC campus. Schools qualifying for financial assistance may have the bus company or transportation department invoice sent to the JBFC directly. The JBFC will make payment as directed on the invoice.
After the JBFC receives a completed Registration Form, an invoice will be generated and sent to the person identified as the school contact. Payment must be made by check, in one installment (payable to Jacob Burns Film Center, Inc.). No cash is accepted.
BOCES component districts may submit program expenses to the Arts in Education service to receive state aid for student programs as well as teacher training. This process is handled directly through BOCES.
Program fees cover less than 25% of the program costs. The remainder is made possible by support from membership, corporations, foundations, and individuals.
As a way of expressing our gratitude, educators will be given a Media Arts Lab ID, which grants those who are not already JBFC members the ability to purchase tickets at the member price (at the box office only) for the duration of their program. Nonmember educators enrolled in a one-time program will be given passes to two JBFC events at the member price. If you aren’t already a JBFC member, join now to start enjoying a variety of benefits.