Distance Learning Degree Programs in Video Production

Essential Information

Distance learning video production degree programs are offered at the certificate level and, less commonly, at the associate's degree level. Students gain practical experience filming, editing and creating videos

Online availability for these programs are offered entirely online or in a hybrid format. Online requirements for these programs include a digital camera, and software: Adobe Photoshop, Flash, After Effects, and/or Premier Pro. Additionally, exams may need to be completed under the supervision of a proctor.


Online video production certificate programs are often found under broader multimedia programs and are typically available through schools of continuing education or as undergraduate programs. A distance learning certificate program may combine six or seven courses and include projects requiring students to shoot videos, create story boards or develop Web pages.

Course Topics

Students learn how to tell a story visually, using video production software and editing programs through courses covering the following:

  • Digital graphics
  • Lighting and sound
  • Video editing
  • Motion graphics
  • Typography
  • Color theory
  • Web scripting

Associate's Degree

Distance education at this level is not common, though programs that are available may be entirely online or hybrid in format. While usually taking two years to complete, students can take a lighter course load, which will extend the length of the program. Students are able to develop a professional portfolio that they can use for job searches.

Course Topics

In addition to the video production courses listed below, students complete general education courses. Some classes allow students to create games using video production graphics and techniques. Sample distance learning courses include:

  • Video production
  • Producing documentaries
  • Video color and lighting
  • Developing story ideas through storyboards
  • Budgeting and scheduling for video production
  • Recording videos
  • Sound and soundtracks
  • Digital media and video games
  • Business of film and video

Distance Learning Details

Students will likely be required to have a computer with industry software, such as Adobe Photoshop, Flash, After Effects and Premier Pro; they will also need access to a digital video camera. Students usually access lessons, complete assignments, take tests and interact with other students through an online educational server, such as Blackboard or Angel.

Most video production programs have regularly-scheduled online video lectures, which students can access when scheduled or at a time convenient for them, depending on the instructor's preferences. Interaction with other students is also possible online. Exams may need to be completed under the supervision of a proctor.

Students who would like to earn an online degree in video production can obtain either a certificate or an associate's degree that is offered entirely online or in a hybrid format. Some of the courses students will study in these programs include video editing, digital graphics, video production, and recording videos.

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