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The Video Production Associate Degree is a 62 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

INTRODUCTION TO GRAPHICS SOFTWARE AND DESIGN (10204121)

2.00

Introduces the concepts and techniques involved in typography and design. Learners explore the principles of design to create layouts that are organized, attract the intended audience and work in producing the intended results. The learners will do this while also learning about various graphic design software programs.

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DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (10204135)

3.00

Explores digital photography. The course will cover digital image basics, digital camera features, using digital cameras, photographic techniques, studio photography, basic digital image editing and using and printing digital images.

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VIDEO PRE-PRODUCTION (10206150)

3.00

Develops the pre-production components for video or animation assignments. Learners develop the blueprints for effective and manageable video and animation projects by developing concepts, creating loglines, examining principles of storytelling, outlining, script formatting, preparing for documentary production, examining linear vs. non-linear structures, creating a production plan and budget, scheduling and storyboarding.

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VIDEO PRODUCTION: ON LOCATION (10206155)

3.00

Introduces the equipment, vocabulary and techniques unique to shooting video projects outside of the studio setting. Learners will utilize professional cameras and lenses to complete a variety of video project types. Emphasis will be placed on interview techniques, use of natural light, capturing production audio, location scouting, shooting b-roll and improvisation.

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INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY (10809196)

3.00

Introduces students to the basic concepts of sociology: culture, socialization, social stratification, multiculturalism and the five institutions, including family, government, economics, religion and education. Other topics include demography, deviance, technology, environment, social issues, social change, social organization and workplace issues.

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National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® Introductory Sociology

COMPUTER ILLUSTRATION (10204122)

2.00

Introduces learners to the concepts and applications of computer illustration in the field of graphic communications. Learners will use Adobe Illustrator in the creation and manipulation of vector graphics for use in print, web and motion graphics.

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PHOTOSHOP/IMAGE MANIPULATION (10204126)

2.00

Explores Adobe Photoshop as a tool to create, adjust and manipulate images for print and web. Special attention is given to image manipulation techniques, color/tonal correction, resolution and output issues. Familiarity with Macintosh operating system suggested.

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AUDIO FOR VIDEO AND ANIMATION (10206151)

2.00

Explores the equipment, software and techniques for the successful production and post-production of audio for video and animation projects. Learners will create original audio documents, capturing sound with professional microphones and manipulating those sounds with professional audio editing and mixing software. Learners will learn techniques for capturing sound in studio and on-location settings, syncing sound to picture, using sound effects, creating original foley sounds, dubbing voices and narration, exporting to various audio formats, mixing music, effects, backgrounds and dialogue to create professional audio documents.

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VIDEO EDITING (10206153)

3.00

Develops the vocabulary and techniques necessary for editing raw video footage into finished video documents. Learners will have the opportunity to develop non-linear editing techniques through hands-on project applications using professional post-production software. Learners will examine the technical and conceptual tools necessary to organize editing projects, manipulate raw footage and graphic elements and assemble them into narrative sequences. Through the Video Editing course, learners will develop the temporal concepts and NLE vocabulary necessary for completing video and animation products.

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COLLEGE MATHEMATICS (10804107)

3.00

This course is designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of mathematics pertinent to the areas of: 1) arithmetic and algebra; 2) geometry and trigonometry; and 3) probability and statistics. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking and logical reasoning, making connections and using calculators. Topics include performing arithmetic operations and simplifying algebraic expressions, solving linear equations and inequalities in one variable, solving proportions and incorporating percent applications, manipulating formulas, solving and graphing systems of linear equations and inequalities in two variables, finding areas and volumes of geometric figures, applying similar and congruent triangles, converting measurements within and between U.S. and metric systems, applying Pythagorean Theorem, solving right and oblique triangles, calculating probabilities, organizing data and interpreting charts, calculating central and spread measures and summarizing and analyzing data.

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National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Mathematics

WRITTEN COMMUNICATION (10801195)

3.00

Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising and editing. A variety of writing assignments are designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

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National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 (10801136)

3.00

This course is designed for learners to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of the writing process. Planning, organizing, writing, editing and revising are applied through a variety of activities. Students will analyze audience and purpose, use elements of research and format documents using standard guidelines. Individuals will develop critical reading skills through analysis of various written documents.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

2D MOTION DESIGN (10204150)

3.00

Introduces learners to industry standard 2D animation software. Learners focus on the design and creation of animations, videos, interactive graphics and website components as they plan, design and create real world projects. Learners are expected to possess a familiarity with the Internet, computer illustration software, photo-manipulation software and basic HTML or web page development software.

FILM & VIDEO: HISTORY AND TECHNOLOGIES (10206152)

3.00

Introduces learners to the audio-visual vocabulary, tools and technology utilized in motion picture production, post-production and animation through a mix of lecture, video screenings and discussion. Learners will be exposed to a variety of videos, films, genres and technical innovations and place them in their historical context. This course provides a basic understanding of critical theories and communication principles necessary for anyone pursuing a career in film/video/animation production.

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VIDEO PRODUCTION: STUDIO (10206154)

3.00

Introduces motion picture studio production and post-production tools and techniques including: camera operation, lighting, direction, sound design and non-linear editing with an emphasis on clarity in audio-visual communication. Learners will examine specific equipment, vocabulary and techniques unique to the studio environment including the use of green screen, studio lighting, rigging and set design.

ADVANCED EDITING TECHNIQUES (10206156)

3.00

Develops non-linear editing techniques through hands-on project applications using professional post-production software. Learners will utilize advanced editing concepts and techniques to create polished video projects for publishing on the web. In this course learners will edit documentary, narrative and music video footage and utilize effects filters and titling to complete professional edits.

INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATION (10801141)

3.00

Explores communication in media and media literacy by providing insight into the important issues that confront students as consumers and purveyors of mass media within the workforce and in society. The mass media revolution, including media technologies, the evolution of media content and platforms, including new media, the impact of media communications on business and society as a whole, media bias, and media law and ethics from the basis of the course.

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THINK CRITICALLY & CREATIVELY (10809103)

3.00

This course provides instruction on the vital, realistic and practical methods of thinking which are in high demand in all occupations of substance today. Decision making, problem solving, detailed analysis of ideas, troubleshooting, argumentation, persuasion, creativity, setting goals and objectives and more are considered in depth as the student applies specific thinking strategies and tools to situations in a wide variety of workplace, personal, academic and cultural situations. Classroom instruction is demonstration, discussion, project and teamwork based. Assignments range from the short and simple to the detailed and complex. Reality and practicality are the focuses all through the course. These skills are in high demand by employers. Having this course in your background can significantly enhance your appeal as an employee. It certainly will make you a more adept and confident person.

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VIDEO PRODUCTION WORKSHOP (10206157)

4.00

Applies video pre-production, production and post-production skills in the creation of a unique, client-approved video from concept to completion. Learners will have the opportunity to collaborate with other students, work in a variety of crew positions and practice effective communication skills as they create short narrative, documentary, educational and commercial video products that will be included in their portfolios.

MOTION GRAPHICS & VISUAL EFFECTS (10206158)

3.00

Explores professional visual effects software for the effective completion of professional post-production design applications. Learners will work on motion graphic projects navigating layers, exploring key-frames, motion tracking, effect filters and 3D text, lighting and camera effects in the creation of original animation projects.

PORTFOLIO PREPARATION FOR VIDEO PRODUCTION (10206159)

2.00

Develops a professional portfolio of video work for use in job search and acquisition. Learners create video reels, online portfolios and DVD content for personal and professional marketing and job search. Learners examine job search processes, produce a CV or Resume, develop interview skills, understand avenues for project funding, navigate film festival protocol and investigate video industry work ethics and standards.

ECONOMICS (10809195)

3.00

This course is designed to give an overview of how a market-oriented economic system operates, and it surveys the factors which influence national economic policy. Basic concepts and analyses are illustrated by reference to a variety of contemporary problems and public policy issues. Concepts include scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment and global economic issues.

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National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® Principles of Microeconomics
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • CLEP® Principles of Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics

INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY (10809198)

3.00

This introductory course in psychology is a survey of the multiple aspects of human behavior. It involves a survey of the theoretical foundations of human functioning in such areas as learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. It directs the student to an insightful understanding of the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.

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National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® Introductory Psychology
  • AP Psychology

PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS (10809199)

3.00

Explores the relationship between the general principles of psychology and our everyday lives. Students are given the opportunity to achieve a deepened sense of awareness of themselves and others. This understanding enables students to improve their relationships with others at work, in the family and in society.

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Test-Out Option Term Definitions

Test

An exam that is scored by faculty or staff in NTC’s Testing Center.

Skill Demonstration

A performance of your expertise that is evaluated by faculty.

Combination: Test & Skill Demonstration

A combination of both a test and a skill demonstration.

Portfolio

A collection and explanation of your past learning through work or life experience.

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