The rise in popularity of digital filmmaking can be traced to the commercial success of the consumer videocassette recorder. Since that time, technological advances, such as the advent of digitized photography, video, and film, have brought the camcorder, digital cameras, low-cost editing equipment, audio mixers, and computer-controlled media. With the development of the Internet and the onset of High Definition Television, the need for digital film/video products and qualified professionals will continue to play a major role in communications. This field also continues to be an important component of international communications.
Throughout the degree program students work with industry-related equipment in the creative atmosphere of filmmaking and video production. They have opportunities for real-world experience by working in the field for special projects with non-profit organizations such as public broadcasting. Faculty are experienced and practicing professionals who mentor students and work side-by-side with them to promote the development of the skills necessary to use the camera and editing equipment as technical and imaginative tools for today’s electronic storytelling.
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Associate of Arts
The associate degree program in video production provides training for individuals who want to enter this creative industry. The wide appeal of electronic media for information or for entertainment has created an increasing demand for employees skilled in video production. Studies in art, pre-production, cinematography, lighting, and computer applications for special effects form the skills foundation. Students then progress to skills in multi-camera production, post-production techniques, nonlinear editing, and the creation of a video from initial idea to final, edited composition. A compilation of the student’s best work forms the portfolio which showcases the student’s abilities to prospective employers.
Employment opportunities for associate degree students may be found in the broadcasting and cable industries as well as in the entertainment and corporate fields. Students may enter the field as camera operators or as assistants in the areas of production, direction, or editing. Those video production students who continue to graduation have developed technical capabilities and the business marketing and promotional skills necessary to seek employment. Some students in the associate degree program may decide to transfer into the bachelor of fine arts program in digital filmmaking & video production. All courses in the associate in arts program can transfer into the bachelor of fine arts.