Cinema/Video Production

Studio art supplies can be expensive. Lab fees may be required.

Media Scriptwriting

VACV130

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of writing and critiquing scripts for various media. Students write, edit and pitch original material. Students critique their own work and the work of other writers.

3 credits
Prerequisite: Writing Placement Test score of 6 or better or COMP107 (C or better)
Corequisite: Writing Placement Test score of 6 or better or COMP107 (C or better)

Video Studio Production I (formerly COMV135)

VACV135

This course introduces students to the equipment and techniques of video studio production from planning through scripting to taping. A series of exercises and individual projects provide a foundation for personal expression in various video formats.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Sound Design for Film and Video

VACV137

This course covers the fundamental elements of producing, designing and editing sound for film/video. Students learn the basics of audio recording, sound editing and multi-track sound design specifically for the moving image. Topics covered include microphone techniques, field and studio recording, Foley techniques and using digital audio multi-tracking software.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Digital Video Editing

VACV140

This course covers digital editing using current software tools. Students work with digital non-linear editing hardware and software tools, multi-track audio creation and sound sweetening. Students work with either their own footage or with exercise footage prepared by the instructor.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

The Art of Independent Cinema (formerly COMC141)

VACV141

Students examine films made outside of the film industry, which fall into three genres - experimental, documentary, and animated. Particular emphasis is given to form and technique and how they are used to express meaning. The course traces the development of alternative cinema from its beginnings to the present.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

The Art of Theatrical Cinema

VACV142

Students examine the art and craft of the narrative cinema as it has developed from the beginning of film history to the present. Students analyze domestic and international feature films for their visual and story elements as well as their historic, cultural, religious, political and economic context.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Film Production I

VACV145

This course introduces the equipment, techniques, and the art of filmmaking. Through a series of exercises and projects, students explore the basic processes of motion picture production from planning and filming to editing and incorporation of sound. Students create two original black and white wild track films.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Motion Graphics

VACV230

Students learn the essential elements of motion graphics and visual effects creation through the use of industry standard software programs. This course provides students with the essential skills of compositing and creating post processing effects for a wide range of media including video, animation, gaming and the web.

3 credits
Prerequisite: VACV140 (C or better) or VAMM100 (C or better)

Video Field Production

VACV231

Students practice single-camera, on-location, digital video-tape recording, and post-production, non-linear video editing. Students plan the location of shoots, practice storyboarding and scripting, and operate digital video cameras, microphones, lights and tripods.

3 credits
Prerequisite: VACV140 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

Cable TV Production I

VACV232

Students produce two twenty-eight minute cablecast news and information programs. These programs are aired on local cable systems. Students participate in each of the following activities: studio and field production, video editing, use of computer graphics, and final program assembly.

3 credits
Prerequisite: VACV135 (C or better) or permission of the Department of the Arts
Corequisite: None

Video Studio Production II

VACV235

Students write, produce, direct, and edit their own original 15-minute programs. Professional attitudes are emphasized in the students' collaboration with crew members in producing and directing programs.

3 credits
Prerequisite: VACV135 (C or better) or permission of the Department of the Arts.
Corequisite: None

Cinematography

VACV238

Students research and explore the art of visual storytelling through published works and hands-on lighting and cinematography techniques for both studio and field projects. Students learn creative composition through lighting, camera techniques and color manipulation to convey their message.

3 credits
Prerequisite: VACV231 (C or better) and VACV140 (C or better)

Cable TV Production II

VACV242

Students participate in advanced digital video techniques and the production of two twenty-eight minute cable television news shows ready for cablecast. Students also learn the process of creating, writing, and editing Public Service Announcements (PSA), and further their skills in studio and field production, computer graphics and program assembly.

3 credits
Prerequisite: VACV232 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

Film Production II

VACV246

Building on the skills from Film Production I, students explore detailed techniques of filmmaking using special equipment, synchronous sound, and laboratory processes. Students work on the development of skills and techniques through individual projects. Students produce a 7.5-minute original film.

3 credits
Prerequisite: VACV145 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

Advanced Cinema/Video Production

VACV247

This is an advanced class in cinema video production. The final project is based on content and in a format selected by the student with the approval of the instructor. Students apply skills and methods learned in the prerequisite courses to the development of their own creative work.

3 credits
Prerequisite: VACV246 (C or better) and VACV231 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

Cooperative Education - Cinema/Video and Multimedia

VACV280

This course provides on-the-job experience in a cinema video/multimedia field directly related to students' academic preparation and career objectives. Periodic meetings between faculty coordinator and students are held to ensure students' progress. Students maintain a work journal and complete a final report summarizing the learning experience.

3 credits
Prerequisite: Cinema/Video major, 30 BCCC credits, a GPA of 2.5 or greater earned in courses offered by the Department of the Arts.
Corequisite: None