2019-2020 College Catalog 
    
    Jul 19, 2019  
2019-2020 College Catalog

Media Technologies/Video Production Technology Concentration, A.A.S.


Degree: Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Program description. The Media Technologies program encompasses related career-technical disciplines in five general concentrations: Audio Production Engineering , Design for Web and Print , Photography , Video Production Technology  and Web Technology . Students have the opportunity to earn a degree in a cross-disciplinary environment that reflects trends in industry. The program employs instructors with years of practical experience and is guided by working professionals.

The Media Technologies program is designed to offer flexibility to students who can, working with an advisor, design a custom curriculum best suited to their needs and interests. The program offers certificates for those needing broader, deeper and/or upgraded training. To learn more about these options, see the Certificate Programs  section of this Catalog.

Video Production Technology concentration. The Video Production Technology concentration offers condensed but intensive hands-on experience with industry-standard equipment and processes. This concentration allows students to focus their study on a specific area of Video Production: Animation or Video.

Animation option focuses on skills and knowledge required to succeed in the competitive fields of animation, motion graphics, visual effects and visualization. The curriculum begins by building an understanding of the history, major terms, concepts and techniques of animation.  Industry-standard software and equipment are used to cover basic principles and progress through advanced tools and workflows used by studios for broadcast, film, visualization and game design. Typical job opportunities are 2D animator, 3D animator, modeler, concept artist, motion graphics designer, visual development artist, storyboard artist, environment design artist and visual effects artist.

Video Production option focuses on skills and knowledge needed in a broadcast studio and on location using commercially popular equipment and software.  Basic and advanced training in scriptwriting, audio recording and mixing, electronic cinematography and lighting, producing, directing, budgeting and editing are covered. Course content includes three phases of digital production. Typical job opportunities are videographer, editor, video illustrator and production assistant.

Program goals. Upon completion of a Media Technologies program, the graduate will have developed the skills, knowledge and abilities to accomplish the following:

  1. Create media that communicate the desired message to the intended audience.
  2. Demonstrate mastery of the fundamentals within the medium of concentration.
  3. Apply various styles in communications media that display a grasp of both design and communication principles and techniques.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in the techniques, equipment, software, hardware and materials for the production of appropriate content within ever-evolving media.
  5. Demonstrate understanding of the rights and responsibilities of the artist, subject, client, user and employer, including intellectual property rights.

Contact(s): Engineering and Media Technologies, (865) 694-6483; or program coordinator, (865) 694-6522

Courses and Course Sequence


This sequence can be followed by students who begin college-level work in the fall semester. Prerequisites may apply to specific courses; it is the student’s responsibility to determine if prerequisites have been met. An academic advisor is provided for each student. Prior to registering each semester, the student is expected to consult with his/her assigned advisor.

Animation Option


Video Production Option


Semester III (Fall)


Semester IV (Spring)


Total Credit Hours Needed for Graduation: 60-61


1HUM/FA / MATH/NS / SBS
See the General Education  section of this Catalog for electives.
2GEN ED
Elective to be chosen from one unduplicated course in the categories of Communication, Humanities/Fine Arts, Mathematics/Natural Sciences or Social/Behavioral Sciences in the General Education  section of this Catalog. Courses from the list of History electives will not meet the requirement for this degree.
3VPT
Animation Option elective to be chosen from ART 1045 , ART 1050 , ART 1340 , ART 2120 , ART 2130 , VPT 2215 .
4VPT
Elective to be chosen, based on students’ career goals, from any VPT course that is not a requirement of the Video Production Technology concentration. Some courses may require prerequisites.
5MDT
Electives to be chosen, based on students’ career goals, from any APE, DWP, MDT, PHO, VPT, or WEB course that is not a requirement of the Video Production curriculum. Electives must be approved by the student’s advisor or the program coordinator. Some courses may require prerequisites.