Media Arts

Media Arts at Saint Mary's Hall

The Media Arts Program encourages Upper School students to create projects that embody their personal creativity through sight, sound, and touch.

The media arts offer students introductory and advanced classes in digital cinema, darkroom photography, and digital photography. Using cutting-edge equipment, software, and techniques, students develop award-winning pieces that seamlessly translate into professional portfolios.

Taking Creative Risks

Whether they are taking darkroom photography, digital photography, or AP photography, students begin by learning the basics. The emphasis then shifts to empowering students to pursue their artistic vision by exploring their creative potential.

The result is amazing photography that is exhibited throughout the campus and in photography competitions such as the Association of Texas Photography Instructors “Best of Texas High School Photography” Competition, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and Drexel University’s High School Photography Contest.

Telling Great Stories

Digital cinema is about creativity, critical thinking, and foundational filmmaking skills. Our students work in a media lab with professional-grade gear, and are constantly challenged to tell great stories in a unique way. Students in Digital Cinema have produced award-winning films at some of the top film festivals in the country, including SXSW, SAFILM, and the All-American High School Film Festival (the biggest student film festival in the world).

In the last seven years, every senior digital cinema student who has applied to film school has been accepted into colleges renowned for their film programs.

Creating Professional Publications

The Saint Mary’s Hall yearbook, La Reata, is a treasured publication, and part of a long tradition of chronicling our students’ lives. In yearbook class, students use photos and stories to capture the feelings and events of the year, creating a well-crafted publication. Students also gain professional skills by creating a publication under real-world deadlines and constraints while working, as a team, with professional publishers. Students gain a working knowledge of basic principles that will pique their interest in the world of journalism, editing, digital layout, or marketing.


More Than Just Theory

At Saint Mary’s Hall, we offer distinctive learning opportunities. By incorporating thought-provoking field trips and inviting impressive guest artists to campus, students learn how being an artist can transcend their lives as students beyond “the Hall.”

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Renowned Faculty

Our faculty is able to lead students on an artistic journey because they are artists and professionals themselves, having worked as:

  • Award-Winning Designers
  • Producers
  • Professional Photographers

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