Program Description

The Video Production Associate Degree program provides a comprehensive overview of the equipment, concepts and techniques needed to design, produce and edit effective professional video products.

Specific areas covered in the program include pre-production processes: story development, scripting, storyboarding, scheduling and budgeting; production techniques: camera operation, lighting, interviewing, audio recording; and post-production workflow: capturing, editing, motion-graphics, sound design, rendering, outputting and publishing.

The program focuses on providing students with the hands-on technical skills necessary to create professional video products and to work in a variety of audio-visual media production and post-production capacities.

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Approximate Program Cost

$11,115
Tuition: $10221 , Books: $894

Starting Salary

$18,511–$24,691
Average, according to Economic Modeling Specialists International

Financial Aid

Available
Total financial aid offered may not exceed the estimated Cost of Attendance (COA).

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Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

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* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of media software, tools and technology
  • Manage a production from concept to completion
  • Communicate creative rationale in formal and informal settings
  • Apply ethical business practices
  • Apply the principles of design and storytelling to develop media products and services

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Video Technician
  • Media Manager
  • Video Archivist
  • Creative Director
  • Animator
  • Motion Graphics Designer
  • Production Assistant
  • Camera Operator
  • Freelance Videographer
  • Post-Production Supervisor
  • Sound Recordist
  • Video Editor
  • Documentary Filmmaker
  • Video Producer
  • Independent Video Professional

Courses

The Video Production Associate Degree is a 63 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY 3.00
VIDEO PRE-PRODUCTION 3.00
DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION 3.00
CREATIVE PROCESS 1.00
VIDEO FOUNDATION INTENSIVE 3.00
COLLEGE 101 1.00

Second Term

PHOTOSHOP/IMAGE MANIPULATION 2.00
AUDIO FOR VIDEO AND ANIMATION 2.00
VIDEO EDITING 3.00
SHORT NARRATIVE PRODUCTION 3.00
COLLEGE MATHEMATICS 3.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00

Third Term

FILM & VIDEO: LANGUAGE AND TECHNIQUE 3.00
VIDEO PRODUCTION: STUDIO 4.00
ADVANCED EDITING TECHNIQUES 3.00
VFX, COMPOSITING & COLOR 2.00
INTRO TO MASS COMM 3.00
THINK CRITICALLY & CREATIVELY 3.00

Fourth Term

VIDEO PRODUCTION WORKSHOP 4.00
MOTION GRAPHICS 3.00
PORTFOLIO PREPARATION FOR VIDEO PRODUCTION 2.00
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY 3.00
PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS 3.00
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Transfer Information

You can continue your education to earn a four-year degree in a variety of ways.

Program Transfer

The following transfer guides, executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions, are based on agreements that allow you to continue your program at another college.

School Name Degree Name
Michigan Tech University Bachelor of Communication, Culture, and Media

General Transfer

All associate degrees transfer to a variety of programs at other partner colleges to give you the opportunity to continue your education in other areas of study.

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Cost of Attendance

2023-2024 Estimated Academic Year Budgeted Cost of Attendance

The estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) is a budget that includes categories of expenses that a student can expect to incur while attending college. The COA does not reflect actual charges. It is an average based on the estimated living costs typical of our region. In determining the cost of attendance, Northcentral Technical College uses the budget established by the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Financial Aid Budget Work Group. This budget is used to determine financial need for all students who apply for financial aid. A student's cost of attendance is composed of all educational expenses that can be included for financial aid purposes that a student may accrue while pursuing their education for the year (or semester, if enrolled less than a year). A student's financial aid cannot exceed their cost of attendance. Schools are required to provide a fuller picture of what it may cost students to pursue their degree, not just what they will owe in tuition/fees and books/supplies.

Please Note: this COA budget estimate assumes full-time attendance for two semester Fall 2023 and Spring 2024.
ExpensesStudent Living With Parents (Home)Student Living on Own (Other)
Full-time Tuition (based on a total of 30 credits, 15 credits fall and 15 credits spring)

In-State Tuition & Fees

$4,713*

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees

$6,900*

In-State Tuition & Fees

$4,713*

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees

$6,900*

Living Expenses (Housing & Food)$4,052$9,614
Books / Supplies$2,061$2,061
Transportation$2,007$2,007
Personal Expenses$2,245$2,245
Loan Fees$83$83
Total Estimated Cost Of Attendance

In-State

$15,161

Out-of-State

$17,348

In-State

$20,723

Out-of-State

$22,910

* Tuition listed is based on approved rates for the 2023-2024 academic year with a projected base increase of 1.65%. Rates are approved each March by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board and estimated budgets are updated at that time.

Students with dependent care, computer or study abroad expenses should contact the Financial Aid Office to document allowable expenses which may serve to increase their COA.

Students awarded Federal Direct Loan(s) also have an average of the mandatory loan fees automatically added to their COA.

Students with disability-related expenses may contact the Financial Aid Office to have their additional expenses considered. Disability-related expenses include but are not limited to: personal assistance, equipment, and supplies. The Financial Aid Office may potentially include disability expenses in the COA that are not provided by other assisting agencies.

NTC also offers a Net Price Calculator to help estimate costs.

For more information regarding billed tuition and fees visit https://www.ntc.edu/admissions/tuition-fees

We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about how the financial aid process works. Please feel free to reach out for more information.

NTC Financial Aid Office

715.803.1647

financialaid@ntc.edu

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