“It’s literacy for the 21st Century… most kids today are perfectly adept at reading TV, movies, animation and mass media, yet they may barely know the basics about writing and creating in these languages. At Ithaca Media Arts fun is always our number one priority, but kids also learn valuable skills, build self-confidence and self-esteem, and almost by accident they become more savvy media consumers along the way.”

 — Cliff Roth, IMA Program Director


Founded in 2007, Ithaca Media Arts is dedicated to the proposition that learning about making movies, TV, audio recordings, animations, and other media projects is both fun and essential. In 2009 we launched our summer camp, and in 2010 moved to our new home on Route 79, five minutes from downtown Ithaca and East Hill Plaza, with plenty of parking and TCAT bus access too.

Ithaca Media Arts provides much more than software and equipment skills. Learning the technology is just the beginning! We teach visual storytelling and audio awareness — and — most importantly, everyone gets to work cooperatively and creatively in teams. Experience the thrill of seeing work projected on a big screen in a real movie theater with a big and supportive audience too!

Program Directors:

Cliff Roth is Director of Ithaca Media Arts. He has a Master’s degree in Film from San Francisco State University and a BA from Binghamton University. He has taught video and film at the School of Visual Arts and at Millennium Film Workshop in New York City, and science at the Exploratorium Science Museum in San Francisco. He has written for The New York Times and many other publications and sites, and is editor of Video/Imaging DesignWire, a tech site for engineers. He is also a tech marketing consultant and copywriter, and has authored several books including  “The Low Budget Video Bible” and “Mobile Computing for Dummies.”
Debra Jacoby is Co-Director of Ithaca Media Arts. Debbie holds an MA from NYU in Studio art, and a BA in Painting from Binghamton University. She has also studied textile design at FIT and sold crafts throughout the NYC area. Debbie is a licensed Art and Reading teacher and worked for many years as an Art teacher in a program associated with the Guggenheim Museum. She has also taught at the Queens Museum and at The Johnson Museum. Debbie founded the co-located Ithaca Arts summer camp in 2009.


1458 Slaterville Road (Route 79)
Ithaca, NY 14850
email: info@ithaca-media.com
tel: 607-272-3580
fax: 607-275-9149
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From Downtown Ithaca take Green Street (one way) past the Commons, keep to the right,  stay on Route 79 East for about 3 to 5 minutes. Ithaca Media Arts is on the left, just past Lois Lane (yes!) on the right, and just before the blinking yellow light at Pine Tree Road.

From Cornell and East Hill take Pine Tree Road South to its end, turn right on Route 79 (Slaterville Rd.) and look for Ithaca Media Arts on the right, about three buildings from the corner.

From New York City and Binghamton via I-81N take Exit 8 to Route 79 West. Turn right at bottom of exit ramp, then left at the “T.”  Follow 79 West for approximately 30 miles, slow down after passing blinking yellow light at Pine Tree Road, Ithaca Media Arts is approx. 1/10 mile past this light on the right (2 miles before downtown Ithaca.)

From Syracuse and Cortland via I-81S take Exit 11 to Route 281 South. Follow to Route 13 South and West (turning right at traffic light in Dryden.) Make diagonal left turn onto 366 West at traffic light (just past NYSEG offices on left), take 366 West about five minutes, turn left at Pine Tree Road (passing Cornell on right), then turn right at the flashing red light at bottom of hill (Route 79/Slaterville Rd.) Ithaca Media Arts is approx. 1/10 mile past this light on the right.


If you’re not sure whether Ithaca Media Arts is right for you, we encourage you to stop by for a visit, especially during summer camp weeks when we are open most of the day.  Please call ahead (272-3580) to check if we’re open for other times of the year.


If WE Cancel…

We refund all payments for enrollments cancelled by us, for any reason.

For after school programs, we will cancel classes whenever the Ithaca City School District has cancelled classes or if the roads are closed due to hazardous conditions.

Weekend and school-breaks programs may also be cancelled by us due to severe weather or if the roads are closed due to hazardous conditions (check with the  Tompkins County sheriff for road closings). Program fees for sessions that are cancelled due to inclement weather will not be refunded. We will try our best to schedule make-up classes whenever practical, however, we cannot guarantee make-up classes in all instances.

Summer programs run rain or shine and are never cancelled by us due to weather.

If YOU Cancel…

If you are cancelling an enrollment for any reason our refund policy is as follows:

We provide a full 100% refund to those who register for any program with a deposit or pay in full and then cancel 30 days or more prior to the start date for the program. For those who cancel less than 30 days prior to start date (including no-shows and those who start a program and do not complete it) our refund policy is:

1. 30 days or more prior to the program starting date Ithaca Media Arts will refund the deposit in full.
2. Between 1 – 29 days prior to the program starting date  Ithaca Media Arts will retain the deposit (and refund the difference if payment in full has been made.)
3. Once the 1st class or camp session has begun there will be no cash refunds.
4. Withdrawal prior to the 2nd class or camp session entitles the student to a credit of 75% of the fees paid, usable for 1 year.
5. Withdrawal prior to the 3rd class or camp session entitles the student to a credit of 50% of the fees paid, usable for 1year.
6. No credits will be given after the 3rd class or camp session.
7. Credit may be used towards payment of any Ithaca Media Arts program(s). No cash refunds will be given for unused credit.

Note: In order for Ithaca Media Arts to honor these policies, a student’s parent or caregiver must notify us when withdrawing from a class or camp. Failure to attend or to complete a class or camp does not constitute official withdrawal. Like most educational and camp programs, we do not provide partial cash refunds for any of our regular multi-session programs. (See Primitive Pursuits’ policies,  viewable here: http://ccetompkins.org/4h/primitive-pursuits/policies-and-procedures , or CSMA’s at http://www.csma-ithaca.org/Reg_Policies.html for  a comparison; our policies are based on theirs. )

Missed Sessions

Participants who miss one or more sessions of any program due to illness or for any other reasons will receive no refund for missed sessions. We will make our best effort (but cannot guarantee) to schedule a make-up session(s) when practical. If you know in advance that a session will be missed, please let us know, as make-up sessions are easier to schedule when we have advance notice.


We do not share any information collected with anyone.