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. A brief overview of another area school's video career training is included at the end of this article.
- Orange Technical College - Orlando 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 about seven miles from 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 12 miles from Orlando, offering bachelor's and master's degree programs. The school boasts studio facilities, graduate production suites, a production lab, a sound stage, editing suites and telecine equipment.
Comparison of Schools
The size of a school, its 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.
|Orange Technical College - Orlando||Valencia College||University of Central Florida|
|School Type||2-year; public||4-year; public (primarily associate's)||4-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||1,287*||44,834*||66,059*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large suburb|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$3,402*||$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 (2017)||36%*||75%*||87%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admissions*||N/A - Open admissions*||50%*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||71% full-time, 76% part-time*||N/A*||90% full-time, 80% part-time*|
|Graduation Rate||38% (Students who started in 2014-15)*||41% (15% transfer-out rate) (Students who started in Fall 2011)*||70% (7% transfer-out rate) (Students who started in Fall 2011)*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) College Navigator
Orange Technical College - Orlando
Students at Orange Tech have the option of pursuing more than 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 Technology Certificate
The digital video technology 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, Photoshop and Premiere Pro.
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 Video Editing and Post-Production Certificate
The digital video editing and post-production certificate is 24 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 - Motion Graphics
The digital media 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 in Digital Media Technology - Video Production
The video production concentration is a 60-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 more than 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.
Film, Cinema Studies Minor
This 18-credit minor program requires a 'C' or better in all of the courses. Required courses include topics like the history of cinema and artistic techniques in film. Elective coursework includes areas such as avant-garde film, the management of film production and documentaries.
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.