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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. 


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, won 1st place in the National Lights Camera Save Contest, won numerous National Scholastic Gold Keys, and has won over $200,000, to date, in scholarship money for student films through ABC/Disney Get Reel With Your Dreams, Citywide Graphic Arts Competition, SNY Film Festival, Lights Camera Save, and countless other film competitions.


Our film department has the largest internship department in New York City. Industry partners include The Tribeca Film Institute, Ghetto Film School, HBO, Reel Works, Apollo Theater in Harlem, Tony Bennett’s Exploring the Arts, The Jewish Museum, The Museum of The Moving Image, Maysles Institute, NYU Tisch Kanbar, Studio in a School, College Now, The Astoria Film Festival, and numerous other organizations across the city where our students gain industry experience as fellows and interns. Our students screen their films on a regular basis at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), The Museum of the Moving Image, the New York City Public School Festival, and at numerous other prestigious venues. 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. Over the past three years, HBO partnered with our students to run the Summer Design Institute (SDI) 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. Our film department also has a long-standing partnership with Astoria Film Festival in which our students produce and screen films that are evaluated by film professors and other industry professionals.


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 using BlackMagic Cameras, 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. 


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 June. You can watch our latest film festival at:


Mr. Hanan Harchol & Mr. Bridenstine

Film & Media Teachers, High School of Art & Design

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