Fast Forward FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)


Who can apply?

We take students from schools all over the Boston Area. However, because of our relationship with the Boston Public Schools, we are committed to having 80% of our students from the BPS system.

How does the application process work?

Once an application is received we look it over and decide if we want that applicant to come in for an interview. The applicant would receive a call or an email by the end of September informing him/her if an interview will be necessary. Interviews will begin at the end of September and will continue through the first week in October. Applicants who have been interviewed will be notified by the 2nd week in October if they will be offered a spot in the program. The 2011 program begins on October 13th and 14th.

How old must I be?

Fast Forward is open to students in grades 9 - 12. We prioritize students entering 10th and 11th grade. 9th graders are welcome to apply, although we encourage 9th graders to take one or more of our Digital Workshops prior to aplpying for and entering the Fast Forward program.

How much does it cost?

The Fast Forward Program is free of charge thanks to the ICA's generous supporters.

What is the schedule?

The Fast Forward Program has 2 levels. Level 1 meets on Thursdays from 4 – 7:00 PM. Level 2 meets on Fridays from 4 – 7:00. Level 1 is designed for those new to the program. Level 2 is for those who have already participated for at least a year. Each Level meets every week throughout the school year, beginning in mid October and ending in early June. Participants are expected to attend every session.

What experience do I need?

Although no prior experience is absolutely necessary, we highly suggest that students take an ICA Teen New Media Digital Workshop. These are offered in the fall, spring and summer. Students who take these workshops get a chance to work in the ICA environment for 4 – 8 weeks, allowing them to decide if they want to make a longer commitment. We also get a chance to work with the student, enabling us to determine if the student would succeed in the Fast Forward program, or if the student might benefit from other workshops. We do prioritize students who have previously taken a digital workshop.

Do I need my own equipment?

No. The ICA provides all equipment and media. In fact, the ICA recommends that you do not use your own equipment for the program to eliminate any compatibility issues with our computer lab.

Will I become a famous movie director if I join Fast Forward?

Maybe, but we are not a Hollywood Style Film School. We strive to encourage students to take risks, experiment, and develop their own styles in various mediums. Fast Forward is designed more like a studio-based art class where each student is working individually, rather than a film school where large groups are working on large projects. One of the core missions of the ICA is to provide innovative experiential learning opportunities for people of all ages through direct encounters with artists and art making.