Program Overview

Video work in the studioThe video production and cinema emphasis readies students for a myriad of careers in fields ranging from motion picture, television, and documentary film-making to commercial, corporate, and web video production. Students will gain hands-on experience as they explore the elements and equipment necessary to create professional video and cinema projects.

Other Concentrations Include: Interactive Media |  Live Event Technology | Audio Engineering & Production | Visual Media. Students may earn more than one concentration.

Learn more about the Arts Technology Major.
See the Core Courses and Plan of Study

 

Video Production & Cinema Concentration (18 credits)

• AT 234 Preproduction for Video and Cinema 1 (3)   
• AT 334 Production for Video and Cinema 1 (3 )   
• AT 434 Postproduction for Video and Cinema 1 (3)
 

And Choose 6 credits from the following:

• AT 235 Preproduction for Video and Cinema 11 (3)
• AT 335 Production for Video and Cinema 11 (3)
• AT 435 Postproduction for Video and Cinema 11 (3)
• AT 3xx Cinematography (3)
• AT 3xx Screenwriting (3)
• AT 320 Motion Graphics Animation (3)
• AT 363 Topics in Video Production (3-9)
Or Elective As Approved By Chair

 

*Electives available in live sound, visual effects, international film, documentaries, film theory, and audio production.
 

Be sure to check out some of our student films shown at our Film Festival, Images in Motion and our student run media firm Millikin Creates.

Key Courses

Video Production & Cinema Concentration (Credits)

AT 234 Preproduction for Video and Cinema 1 (3)
Preproduction is the process of planning a video or cinema project. During preproduction a filmmaker is responsible for the creation of an entire piece completely within his or her own mind. Pre-pro is one of the most creative parts of filmmaking as it is the first step in bringing this imagined vision to life, but it is also a time for disciplined organization. This course will detail the elements necessary for effective preproduction. Through discussion, exercises and projects, students will learn to recognize the roles of preproduction staff and how to assemble an effective team. They will gain understanding into how efficient preproduction can be the difference between success and failure in the world of video and cinema. In turn students will practice the skills and disciplines necessary to build the strong foundations they will need for any and all productions they may face in the future. Pre-requisites: none. Meets the Creative Arts Requirement
AT 235 Preproduction for Video and Cinema 11 (3)
This course will build upon the skills learned in Preproduction 1. Preproduction is the process of planning a video or cinema project. During preproduction a filmmaker is responsible for the creation of an entire piece completely within his or her own mind. Pre-pro is one of the most creative parts of filmmaking as it is the first step in bringing this imagined vision to life, but it is also a time for disciplined organization. This course will detail the elements necessary for effective preproduction. Through discussion, exercises and projects, students will learn to recognize the roles of preproduction staff and how to assemble an effective team. They will gain understanding into how efficient preproduction can be the difference between success and failure in the world of video and cinema. In turn students will practice the skills and disciplines necessary to build the strong foundations they will need for any and all productions they may face in the future. Pre-requisites: AT234 or consent of the instructor.
AT 334 Production for Video and Cinema 1 (3)
The "shoot" is the heart of any production. Production is the process of recording the raw elements for a video or cinema project. Production is a high-stress environment where time is money, but with the right team and proper preproduction elements in place production can be a dynamic time full of creative collaboration where the ideas from preproduction truly begin to come to life. This course will explore the elements, equipment and disciplines necessary for video and cinema production. Through discussion, exercises and projects, students will learn to recognize the roles of production staff and how to assemble an effective team. They will gain understanding into how each role on a production team contributes to the overall project. Students will, through projects and practice, build the skills and knowledge they will need for any and all production challenges they may face in the future. Pre-requisites: None
AT 335 Production for Video and Cinema 11 (3)
This course will build upon the skills learned in Production for Video and Cinema I. The "shoot" is the heart of any production. Production is the process of recording the raw elements for a video or cinema project. Production is a high-stress environment where time is money, but with the right team and proper preproduction elements in place production can be a dynamic time full of creative collaboration where the ideas from preproduction truly begin to come to life. This course will explore the elements, equipment and disciplines necessary for video and cinema production. Through discussion, exercises and projects, students will learn to recognize the roles of production staff and how to assemble an effective team. They will gain understanding into how each role on a production team contributes to the overall project. Students will, through projects and practice, build the skills and knowledge they will need for any and all production challenges they may face in the future. Pre-requisites: AT234, AT334 or consent of the instructor.
AT 434 Postproduction for Video and Cinema 1 (3)
Postproduction is the term for all aspects of production occurring after principal photography and reshoots. It is one of the most vital steps in the entire creative process of cinema and video. This stage of the development is where the raw material of the shoot is molded into the story envisioned in preproduction. It is an exciting time where all the best elements of planning and execution are assembled into a final piece, then polished and tweaked into a true and complete work of art. This course will explore the elements, equipment and skills employed in video and cinema postproduction. Through discussion, exercises, demonstrations and projects students will learn to recognize the roles of a postproduction staff and gain understanding into how professionals perform these jobs. Students will learn the fundamentals of each part of the postproduction process and begin to build the skills and knowledge they will need to handle any and all postproduction projects they may face in the future. Pre-requisites: AT110, AT151, AT153, AT234, AT235, AT334, AT335 or consent of the instructor.
AT 435 Postproduction for Video and Cinema 11 (3)
This course will build upon the skills learned in Postproduction I. Postproduction is the term for all aspects of production occurring after principal photography and reshoots. It is one of the most vital steps in the entire creative process of cinema and video. This stage of the development is where the raw material of the shoot is molded into the story envisioned in preproduction. It is an exciting time where all the best elements of planning and execution are assembled into a final piece, then polished and tweaked into a true and complete work of art. This course will explore the elements, equipment and skills employed in video and cinema postproduction. Through discussion, exercises, demonstrations and projects students will learn to recognize the roles of a postproduction staff and gain understanding into how professionals perform these jobs. Students will learn the fundamentals of each part of the postproduction process and begin to build the skills and knowledge they will need to handle any and all postproduction projects they may face in the future. Pre-requisites: AT110, AT151, AT153, AT234, AT235, AT334, AT335, AT434 or consent of the instructor.
AT363. Topics in Video Production
This course focuses on a theme in one of the following areas in arts technology: videography, film theory, or multimedia. Pre-requisites: AT151 or AT234 or consent of instructor.
AT3xx. Cinematography.
In this course students will be introduced to the fundamental methods, aesthetics and technologies of cinematography. Students will be introduced to the operation and art of the digital camera, as well as the use of lenses and camera supports necessary for a variety of shots and coverage as well as framing, composition and movement. In addition, the course will introduce students to a variety of lighting and lighting modifiers to create the atmosphere, tone and mood of a scene with a focus on the visual narrative. This course will culminate in the production of a finished scene in addition to regular assignments.
AT320. Motion Graphics Animation.
Intensive hands-on investigation of the tools, techniques, and processes for the development of digital motion projects. Elements such as type, photography, video, illustrations, and 3D objects will be integrated in time and space to communicate messages or tell a story. Software Focus: Adobe After Effects.
AT3xx. Screenwriting.
Screenwriting is the very foundation of movie and television, production. This course is a deep dive into this intricate and influential art form. Throughout the course students will use industry standard programs to write their own feature length screenplay while the instructor embarks on a parallel path allowing everyone to share their journey of creation together. Students will also dissect a movie of their choice along with the screenplay from which it was produced. They will present the results of these studies to the class allowing everyone to apply the results of these examinations to their individual works.

Careers

Potential Careers for an Arts Technology Major with a Video Production & Cinema Concentration

  • Film and Video Editor
  • Production Designer
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Line Producer
  • Director
  • Video Technician
  • Art director for commercial, TV, film, print
  • Corporate Media Specialist
  • Digital and Social Media Marketer
  • Media/Communications Coordinator
  • Church/Non Profit Media Director
  • Multimedia Artist
  • Video Production Manager
  • Commercial Video Producer
  • Cinematographer
  • Live Event Videographer
  • Key Grip
Arts Technology

In addition to taking courses in one of the five concentrations, students will learn the foundations of all Arts Technology areas and take courses in business and art entrepreneurship.

Video Production

Whether you are making a movie or selling a product it all starts with a good story. The Video Production & Cinema concentration provides opportunities for students to work with industry professionals and clients in the classroom giving them multiple “real world” experiences outside of their internship(s) to create commercial content and build IMDB (Internet Movie Database) credit.