Film and Video Career Training in Orlando, FL with School Options

There are 4 schools within 15 miles of downtown Orlando that have film and video programs. Read an overview of three schools' programs, requirements and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Orlando Film and Video Schools

Students interested in film and video careers can pursue relevant programs at 3 schools within a 25-minute drive from downtown Orlando. These institutions provide a range of degrees and certificates in the areas of video production, digital cinema and digital media. Students in these programs can prepare for a variety of positions in the industry, including editor, writer, producer and director. Following the school descriptions is a table comparing the school characteristics and tuition. A brief overview of another area school's video career training is included at the end of this article.

  • Orlando Tech is a 2-year public school in downtown Orlando. In addition to a wide variety of associate's degree and certificate programs, the school also offers the opportunity to pursue several professional certifications.
  • Students interested in making a short film as part of their film or video program may be interested in Valencia College, which is also located in downtown Orlando. Valencia is a 4-year public school that offers associate's degree and certificate programs in video and film.
  • University of Central Florida is a large public school located less than 15 miles from Orlando, offering bachelor's and master's degree programs. The school boasts studio facilities, graduate production suites, production lab, sound stage, editing suites and telecine equipment.

Comparison of Schools

The size of a school, location and tuition may be important factors in choosing a school. This table provides a comparison of characteristics and costs for the schools described in this article.

Orlando Tech Valencia College University of Central Florida
School Type 2-year; public 4-year; public (primarily associate's) 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2014) 909* 43,217* 60,767*
Campus Setting Midsized city Midsized city Large suburb
Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $3,930* $2,474 in-state, $9,383 out-of-state* $6,368 in-state, $22,467 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2014) 77%* 82%* 95%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) N/A - Open admissions* N/A - Open admissions* 50%*
Retention Rate (2014) 82% full-time, 55% part-time* N/A* 88% full-time, 83% part-time*
Graduation Rate 80% (Started in Fall 2011)* 44% (13% transfer-out rate) (Started in Fall 2008)* 70% (8% transfer-out rate) (Started in Fall 2008)*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) College Navigator

Orlando Tech

Students at Orlando Tech have the option of pursuing over 30 different programs in the arts and technology, business, education, healthcare and consumer sciences. The arts and technology department offers educational and training opportunities in game and animation programming, digital video production, digital audio production and 3-D animation.

Digital Video Production Certificate

The digital video production certificate provides students with the training to potentially gain employment in the industry. Students have the opportunity to learn about scriptwriting, lighting, editing, audio production, video camera operation and digital video fundamentals. The program also is an Apple Authorized Training Center for Education (AATCE) and offers professional certifications in Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Motion and Soundtrack Pro.

Valencia College

Valencia College offers more than 100 career-training programs, and students can earn an Associate in Science or certificates in areas such as business, computer technology, digital media, hospitality, allied health and graphic design.

Digital Media Production Certificate

The digital media production certificate is 15 credits and provides students with the necessary training and skills to work in production. Courses cover topics in digital video and sound, digital imaging and media technology sound.

Digital Media Video Production Certificate

This certificate focuses on preparing students to design projects for live audiences, DVD and the Internet. Visual storytelling, digital production and post-production are emphasized during this 12-credit program.

Digital Video Fundamentals Certificate

Students learn basic and intermediate skills in video and audio-visual technology during this 12-unit certificate program. Courses focus on the techniques, skills and methodology necessary to complete projects for the Internet, as well as broadcast and industrial media.

Associate in Science in Digital Media Technology - Video and Motion Graphics

The digital medial technology associate's degree offers students the chance to pursue foundational, intermediate and advanced courses in the field. The curriculum ensures that students have an understanding of sound and motion graphics, digital storytelling, digital fundamentals, drawing and video. Students are required to complete a portfolio, internship and project.

Associate in Science Digital Media Technology - Live Event Video Production

The live event video production concentration is a 64-credit program and prepares students to oversee and work in live media production. Courses teach students about audio-visual technology, lighting and storytelling. Students are required to participate in an internship.

University of Central Florida

Students at the University of Central Florida have the option to pursue over 200 majors. The College of Arts and Humanities has 25 undergraduate programs and offers film and video career training.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film

This program includes instruction in every step of the filmmaking process, from screenwriting to production management. Students complete a short film and a series of small projects as part of the program requirements. They are encouraged to submit these pieces to film festivals and are guided through the process.

Bachelor of Arts in Cinema Studies

The first two years of this program emphasize the theoretical and historic aspects of film, while the final two years focus on hands-on production work. Students can study cinematography, editing, sound, color and narrative. It's expected that all students have access to their own camera and editing equipment.

Master of Fine Arts in Entrepreneurial Digital Cinema

At the master's level, the university's selective, 3-year film and video career training program leads to a degree in entrepreneurial digital cinema. Completion of a feature-length digital film and a distribution and marketing strategy for the production are required for graduation. The MFA curriculum produces graduates who are qualified to compete in the film industry.

Other School Options

Students can pursue film and video career training at Seminole State College of Florida; this school offers certificates and associate's degrees in art and digital media.

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