Video production coursework often includes lectures as well as practical experience in selecting a project, writing a script, securing funding, shooting and editing a video to create a final product. Courses in video production provide both technical and artistic instruction. Many colleges and universities with art and communications schools offer video production courses as part of a degree program or as stand-alone classes.
Here a few examples of ideas and concepts that students in video production courses can expect to encounter:
- Visual aesthetics
- Industry equipment
- Shooting and editing
- Pre- and post-production
- On-set behavior
Video Production Course List
Introduction to Video Production
This course gives students the background they need in video equipment operation and filming styles to start a video production program. Students are introduced to essential production elements, such as videography, lighting, audio track and editing concepts. This is the first course in a video production program.
Audio for Video Production
Learning audio production and sound design allows a video producer to add appropriate, creative sound elements to a video. This class explores the relationship between video image and audio track in addition to providing instruction in technical skills. Students learn digital audio editing software as well as multi-track recording techniques using various types of equipment.
Animation is frequently used in video to produce moving text or graphics. This course instructs students in the basic process of computer animation. Students typically learn to use several software programs, such as Flash and Macromedia, for modeling, creating 2D and 3D graphics and motion tracking. Students may produce a short animation sequence.
Film and Video Editing
Editing and post-production work occurs after a video has been shot. Students learn to edit audio and video using non-linear editing software. In addition to techniques for compositing and inserting motion graphics, students explore the stylistic and narrative elements of editing choices. This course is typically required in a degree program and can be completed after an introductory course in video.
From creating the story to preparing a budget and filming the video, the process of producing a video takes organizational skills. In this course, students are guided through the steps required for producing a quality video. Students must manage their own production, beginning with storyboarding and script writing, moving into hiring a production team, shooting and finally, marketing the video. This course is an advanced production course for students who have completed introductory video and editing courses.
Screenwriting for Video Productions
In this course students learn to develop the elements of a screenplay, such as story, characters and settings. Students analyze script construction while viewing films and reading scripts. Software used in developing and formatting screenplays is taught before students begin to write their own scripts. Instruction includes original scriptwriting and adapting books and plays to create scripts. Writing dramatic narratives and dialog for characters is emphasized. In some programs this class may be split into two semesters.