Film & Photography

Our film and photography courses provide opportunities for image-making to both the novice and advanced student. The O'Brien Arts Center houses a Barbour Photography Suite, plus a state-of-the-art graphic arts lab for film projects. And our campus is a photographer's and filmmaker's paradise: with its expansive Gothic architectural details of our buildings and 2,200 acres of woodlands, wetlands and farmlands, opportunities for film and photography are endless.


Students in Photography courses at all levels of studies will:

  • Develop film in a wet black and white lab;
  • Pursue a study of historical and contemporary photography that complements practical exercise; and
  • Participate in three annual art exhibitions in the School's Warner Gallery, play an important role in the preparation for these exhibitions.

Recent Visiting Photgraphers

For more info on Photography at SAS, contact:

Joshua Meier

Joshua Meier



Our Film Studies courses give students the opportunity to write, critique, and produce films. These classes take an intense focus on the production, design, and editing of films, and provide an introduction to film analysis and critique. All projects are shot on HD DSLR and Blackmagic film cameras and are composited, mixed, and edited in our computer lab using Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premier and DaVinci Resolve. Film Studies students show their short films throughout the year at our student exhibitions and at our annual Arts Weekend in the spring semester.

Our goal is to inform and inspire the our students with the power of the moving image and the influence of media in our society. Students spend time exploring current events in the film business and learn about the many forces that affect the creation and distribution of films and television programs. Many of our film students have gone on to study film in college, most notably at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

For more info on film at SAS, contact:

Peter Hoopes

Peter Hoopes

Academic Database Coordinator, Film, Music, Tennis

Recent Student Films

You're Not You When You're Thirsty

Directed by Sammy Nelson ’16

A promo video created for our annual Frosty Run, a longstanding SAS fall tradition.