Certificate programs in video production are not very common in North Carolina. There are only two public colleges that offer video production certificate programs in the state; both of these schools also offer associate's degree programs. Associate's degree programs are also available at two additional public colleges in North Carolina. Students will have resources available to them as needed for film projects, such as camera equipment, editing rooms, and fellow students as crew members. The production of a short student film may be required.
Below are overviews of four of the largest schools in North Carolina offering video production programs.
Blue Ridge Community College
Blue Ridge Community College was founded in 1969 and is located in Flat Rock. The college is part of the North Carolina Community College System, which features over 50 public institutions. Students who want a career in video production can earn an Associate in Applied Science in Film and Video Production Technology. This curriculum includes preparation in pre- and post-production, editing, and sound design. Camera and lighting, production management, and multimedia production are some of the key courses in the program. Once students graduate, they can seek careers as crew members for short films, commercials, and documentaries.
Cape Fear Community College
Cape Fear Community College, located in Wilmington, is the sixth-largest community college in North Carolina and has over 28,000 students who enroll every year. The video production program was started in 2002 as a certificate-only program but has grown to include a diploma and an associate's degree program. The Film and Video Production Technology Certificate program requires 18 credit hours for completion. Some of the courses that students can expect to take include film and video, camera and lighting, sound operations, and editing.
Piedmont Community College
Roxboro is home to Piedmont Community College. The Film and Video Production Technology Program awards a diploma, general certificate, advanced certificate, and associate's degree. Depending on the program selected, students can take courses in camera and lighting, sound operations, grip and electric, editing, and production. The general certificate program requires students to complete 15 credit hours, while the advanced certificate requires 17 credit hours. Students in the associate's degree program can work as crew members on various productions.
Western Piedmont Community College
Western Piedmont Community College is located in Morgantown. It was founded in 1964 and sits on a 300-acre campus. The Associate in Applied Science-Digital Effects and Animation Technology program trains students to create digital images, use industry-standard equipment to create special effects for videos, and understand standard production processes. Classes such as videography, multimedia production, and software applications are included in the program.
School Comparison Table
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Video Production Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Blue Ridge Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate in Applied Science in Film and Video Production Technology||$2,601 (in-state); $8,745 (out-of-state)*|
|Cape Fear Community College||2-year, public; midsize city||Film and Video Production Technology Certificate||$2,748 (in-state); $8,892 (out-of-state)*|
|Piedmont Community College||2-year, public; rural fringe|| General Certificate in Film and Video Production Technology, Advanced Certificate in Film and Video Production Technology,
Diploma in Film and Video Production Technology,
Associate of Applied Science-Film and Video Production Technology
|$2,544 (in-state); $8,691 (out-of-state)*|
|Western Piedmont Community College||2-year, public; small city||Associate in Applied Sciences-Digital Effects and Animation Technology||$2,577 (in-state); $8,721 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator