Facility and Equipment Use

  • The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC)’s Media Arts Lab (Lab) houses state-of-the-art production facilities and filmmaking equipment, which are available FOR THE EXCLUSIVE USE OF CURRENTLY ENROLLED STUDENTS FOR COURSE PROJECTS and for participating school and group programs.
  • Students are expected to treat the facilities and equipment with the highest degree of care. If an instructor deems that a student has intentionally misused the facilities or equipment, the student will be removed from class and will not be permitted to register for future courses at the Lab.
  • If a course requires work outside of class time, students are encouraged to use their own equipment or computer, if compatible with the Lab’s equipment. The Lab’s equipment and editing facilities are available to students outside of class time, if necessary for course projects. All associated costs are included in the course fee. To borrow equipment or use the facility outside of class time, the student (or parent/guardian) must sign an Equipment and Facilities Usage Contract, which sets forth the rules and makes him/her financially responsible for the equipment. The contract is available from the course instructor.
  • The Media Arts Lab is a fully air-conditioned, smoke-free facility.
  • Food and drink are prohibited in the production and screening areas.

Hours of Operation

The Media Arts Lab administrative offices are open Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm. The building is closed on all major holidays.

Photography and Publicity

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.

Code of Conduct and Attendance

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.

  • Arriving by train: The Pleasantville Metro-North station is directly across the street from the Lab.
  • Arriving by bus: Westchester County Beeline buses #6 and #19 stop at the Pleasantville train station, across the street from the Media Arts Lab.
  • Drop-offs: Please drop off students promptly at the front entrance only. The Lab driveway is one way. Enter from Manville Rd. and exit onto Grant St.


Pricing and Payment

  • JBFC members at the Film Family level or higher receive a 10% discount on tuition.
  • Sibling discount: Take 10% off the lower tuition fee.
  • A $20 registration fee is payable per student per course. This fee is waived for all courses $50 and under and for all JBFC members. (Student must be member of record.)
  • Payment, which is due in full at time of registration, is accepted via credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express) or check (payable to Jacob Burns Film Center). A fee of $25 is charged for returned checks.


  • Enrollment is complete only after all fees have been paid; a completed Registration Form and Scholarship Application (if applicable) have been submitted; and you have received a confirmation email.
  • Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. If your requested course is filled, you will be placed on a waiting list and notified if space becomes available.
  • The JBFC reserves the right to cancel a course due to insufficient enrollment or other circumstances. If a course is cancelled, registrants will be notified immediately and all fees will be refunded. The JBFC cannot be held responsible for any other costs, charges, or expenses.
  • Registration closes one week prior to the beginning of the course.


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.

Inclement Weather and Make-Up Classes

  • In the event of inclement weather, please call 914.773.7663, ext. 444, for an automated message.
  • If a class is cancelled due to inclement weather, there will be a make-up session scheduled based on the availability of the facility and the instructor. The JBFC does not offer make-up classes or tuition reimbursement for student absenteeism.

Student Benefits

  • Students will be given a Media Arts Lab ID, which enables those who are not already JBFC members to purchase tickets at the member price (at the box office only) for the duration of the semester. Nonmembers enrolled in one-time or weekend workshops will be given passes to two JBFC events at the member price.
  • Members receive a variety of benefits including waived registration fees, a 10% discount at some levels, and discounted tickets at the JBFC Theater. Join now!

Student Accommodations

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.

Educator Benefits

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.