top of page


Described by the Tribeca Film Institute as “one of the premiere high school film programs in New York City”, the film/video department at The High School of Art & Design is a New York State Career and Technical Education (CTE) certified program. 


In order to receive the coveted CTE certification, the program must show that students are prepared for a career in the industry. This is demonstrated through a rigorous industry-aligned curriculum, a substantial Work-Based-Learning (WBL) program which includes industry partnerships and internships, and a slew of other criteria dictated by the state.


The High School of Art & Design film/video department has won first prize in the Citywide Graphic Arts Competition for nine of the past ten years, placed Silver Medalist in the New York State level Skills USA Digital Cinema Production Competition, and has won over $190,000, to date, in scholarship money for student films through ABC/Disney Get Reel With Your Dreams, Citywide Graphic Arts Competition, SNY Film Festival, and other competitions.


Our three-year college-level curriculum is studio based. Students learn the elements of preproduction, production, and postproduction, by producing five to six short films each year in small groups. Our filmmaking students produce their films in full HD, using prosumer DSLR and video cameras, high fidelity condenser microphones, and professional lighting gear. Industry-standard non-linear editing software Adobe Premiere Pro CC is used for post-production, with each student assigned to his or her own personal computer workstation. Through hands-on learning, students immerse themselves in the comprehensive theoretical and technical curriculum, gaining industry skills, while developing a professional portfolio and film reel. Students go on to some of the best film programs in the country, including USC, NYU Tisch, SUNY Purchase and many others.


Our film department has the largest internship department in New York City. Industry partners include The Tribeca Film Institute, HBO, Apollo Theater in Harlem, Tony Bennett’s Exploring the Arts, The Jewish Museum, ABC/Disney, MOME (Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment), The Museum of The Moving Image, Maysles Institute, Reel Works, NYU Tisch Kanbar, Studio in a School, Bloomberg Fellowship, College Now, and numerous other organizations across the city where our students gain industry experience as fellows and interns. More students were Tribeca FIlm Institute Film Fellows than from any other high school in New York City. Our film department was hand-picked by the Tribeca Film Institute to collaborate on a feature film being produced by TFI, which was screened in the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, with our film students directing, filming, and editing the feature film production. In addition, seven of our film students screened their own films at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. In 2019 HBO partnered with our students to produce three student films which were screened together with other student-films at an HBO event which took place at our school. In 2020, film students from Art & Design edited for Viacom/Nickelodeon as part of our partnership with Reel Works. And since 2019, our film department has had a partnership with NYU Tisch Kanbar in which our students produce and screen films that are evaluated by NYU film professors and students.


Internships are facilitated by our own, in-house, Work-Based Learning (WBL) coordinator, who is in charge of administering the proper paperwork, making regular site visits, ensuring students are earning WBL credit hours, and arranging for available funding to pay the students for their internships through the City of New York.


We would be happy to answer any questions and provide additional information, and we look forward to welcoming you at our annual film festival in May.


Mr. Hanan Harchol, Mr. Michael Bridenstine

Film & Media Teachers, High School of Art & Design /



bottom of page