Course Description

This course is designed to introduce students to the basics of video design, editing, production, and audio design and editing through the practice of in-studio and class production. Students will use professional-grade equipment, learn to shoot quality video and run the production studio. Students are encouraged to tell stories that not only inform, but entertain. They will learn about the various stages of film production by writing scripts, creating storyboards, interviewing subjects, and performing on camera.

Course Competencies 

This course follows the NH Program Competency Profile for Career Technical Education, Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology (CIP code 100202)

  • Demonstrate effective speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills relevant to the broadcast industry and/or related fields.
    ELA: 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 | AAI: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9 | CRP: 1, 2, 4, 11, 12
  • Demonstrate math applications relevant to the broadcast industry and related fields.
    M: 2
  • Demonstrate the critical-thinking, personal growth, and teamwork skills required to support career success.
    ELA:   2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 | M: 2, 6 | AAI:   1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 | CRP: 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12
  • Demonstrate the legal, ethical, and safety behaviors consistent with industry standards.
    ELA:  2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 | M: 2 | AAI:  3, 6, 8, 9 | CRP: 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 12
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the equipment and technologies applicable to the broadcast industry and/or related fields.
    ELA:  2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 | M: 2, 18 | AAI:  4, 5 | CRP: 2, 6, 7, 8, 11

Units of Instruction

The content of this class is covered over two years, and while there may be some overlap, the general flow breaks down as such:

  1. The Television Production Industry, History and Working
  2. The Video Camera, Support Equipment and Operations
  3. Video Acquisition, Recordable Media & Storage
  4. Audio Basics
  5. Connectors
  6. Scriptwriting, Newsroom Production, Broadcast Journalism, and the Interview
  7. Music
  8. Image Display
  9. Lighting
  10. Studio and Remote Shooting
  11. Props, Set Dressing, and Scenery
  12. Production Staging and Interacting with Talent
  13. Directing
  14. Makeup Application and Costume Considerations
  15. Video Switchers and Special Effects Generators
  16. Video Editing
  17. Getting Technical
  18. Getting Into the Industry

Course Materials: Major Texts, Principal Materials and Films

Our primary text will be “Television Production & Broadcast Journalism” by Phillip L. Harris, and Gil Garcia

Supplemental Material:

Supplemental material will include YouTube-sourced, curriculum- and school-appropriate video, as well as a vocabulary journal each student will be responsible for. 

Commercial Films/Videos:

Our class will periodically view and discuss major motion pictures, both classic and modern. There will be a list of possible films sent home to be signed and returned by Parents/Guardians prior to viewing the first film. In the case that a student is not permitted to view a film, alternative and relevant coursework may be assigned.