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, 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 film department was also 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.


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 building developing a professional portfolio and film reel. 


Industry partners include The Tribeca Film Institute, HBO, Apollo Theater in Harlem, Tony Bennett’s Exploring the Arts, The Jewish Museum, The Museum of The Moving Image, Maysles Institute, College Now, and numerous other organizations across the city where our students gain industry experience as fellows and interns. 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 on May 30th.


Mr. Hanan Harchol, Mr. Kevin Lopez and Mr. Ashton Agbomenou

Film/Video Teachers, High School of Art & Design



The High School of Art and Design

245 East 56th Street NY, NY 10022 

Tel: (212) 752-4340 | Fax: (212) 752-4945