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Digital Filmmaking& Video Production

I have a story to tell.

Whether you’re watching a movie screen, TV monitor, or your smartphone, you’re looking at the work of a team of writers, producers, directors, camera operators, lighting technicians, video editors, and digital video effects designers. If you want to join them, the place to start is our Digital Filmmaking & Video Production degree programs. We’ll guide your learning as you work with digital video cameras, editing and graphics software, and other technologies. You’ll explore how to create everything from broadcast news to motion pictures as you get ready write and direct the story of your future. You’ll be surrounded and inspired by other talented, creatively driven students. And you’ll be pushed, challenged, and, above all else, supported by experienced faculty*. You’ll work harder than you thought you could. But it can pay off in a future where you do what you love.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

Degrees Offered

Associate of Science in Video Production

Quarter Credit Hours:
90
Timeframe:
6 Quarters

Gainful Employment

Outcomes
X

Associate of Science in Video Production

Outcomes

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/5595 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will have the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency with the tools and graphic techniques of the profession to plan and manipulate advertising media in the production of print collateral and video spots.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively use aesthetic and layout concepts in the design process for advertising campaigns and marketing communications. Apply industry knowledge and critical thinking skills to describe and develop key elements of effective advertising problems and solutions using the language and concepts of the profession.
  • Articulate and apply the professional standards of the interdependence between advertising/marketing objectives and visual expression and critique their ideas.
  • Demonstrate professional presentation skills and knowledge of industry standards, business practices and ethics.

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Bachelor of Science in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production

Quarter Credit Hours:
180
Timeframe:
12 Quarters

Gainful Employment

Outcomes
X

Bachelor of Science in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production

Outcomes

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/2509 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will have the opportunity to:
  • Integrate the elements of storytelling; collaborate with and direct participants in a project; and combine effective written, oral, and visual communication skills to communicate ideas to employers, colleagues, and clients.
  • Evaluate aesthetics and a wide range of stories in various genres and film history and develop research skills to support creative vision and outcome.
  • Conceptualize and create scripts, storyboards, and production development plans.
  • Direct and execute successful production plans; identify, anticipate and find solutions to technical, logistical, storytelling, and personnel problems; integrate theory, techniques, and terminology of the field; and apply cinematography, lighting, and audio as components of the storytelling process.
  • Integrate technical aptitude, aesthetic decision-making, and an awareness of intended audience through technical proficiency in editing, producing and assembling audio and video elements of a film.
  • Present and conduct themselves professionally; demonstrate mastery of knowledge of the film industry and industry expectations; and apply business principles and practices while maintaining legal and ethical standards.

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Classroom Experience

This is my dream. It's up to me to make it a reality.

In Digital Filmmaking & Video Production, you’ll have the opportunity to learn hands-on as you move from fundamentals like composition and language, color, desktop video, and photography through advanced courses including scriptwriting, cinematography, directing, producing, editing, and sound. All in an atmosphere as creative—and challenging—as the real world of filmmaking and video production. You’ll immerse yourself in an environment that’s creative and supportive as you work with the same digital media, lighting, camera equipment, and editing software used in TV studios, movie sets, and editing suites. You can learn hands-on with cameras, editing equipment, and other technology as you progress from basics like lighting, audio, and video to studio production, motion graphics, scriptwriting, producing and directing, advanced communications, and more. See our gainful employment pages for possible careers that match the program that interests you.

Meet our Alumni

  • Ai Orange County alumni

    Jack Germain

    Digital Filmmaking & Video Production , 2017

    “When it comes to the final product, it’s still about the fun throughout the creative process. That makes a film or edit worthwhile.”

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    Jack Germain

    Organizes New Media, Delivers Finished Edits to Clients

    Jack Germain is a media manager and assistant editor for Parallel Sea Productions, responsible for creating social media and editing projects. He says that a typical day includes organizing new media and delivering finished products to clients. He adds that his industry requires a commitment to lifelong learning. “I’m constantly watching programming tutorials and following trends with new camera equipment.” He also works to overcome challenges by viewing each experience as an opportunity to learn something new.

    Jack balances fun and seriousness at work—creating an environment that promotes creativity and solid products. “When it comes to the final product, it’s still about the fun throughout the creative process. That makes a film or edit worthwhile.”

    Jack, who in 2017 earned a Bachelor of Science in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production from The Art Institute of California—Orange County, says that his education provided the foundation to become a filmmaker. “It showed me techniques that professionals use in the industry and gave me the space to learn real workplace scenarios.” He adds that his instructors helped him to realize that the industry is demanding—and that to succeed, students must be prepared and ready to work hard.

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What Will I Study?

Digital Film Video Study Section

I have the vision. I just need the skills.

The curriculum for our Digital Filmmaking & Video Production degree programs will take you from the basics to more advanced courses in an atmosphere every bit as creative and competitive as the real world of filmmaking and video production. Here are some of the areas you'll study:
  • Video
  • Lighting
  • Audio
  • Digital Imaging
  • Conceptual Storytelling
  • Editing
  • Studio Production
  • Motion Graphics
  • Digital Cinematography
  • Sound Design
  • Scriptwriting

I'm looking for my proving ground.

At The Art Institutes system of schools, creativity is our core, our calling, our culture. Digital Filmmaking & Video Production is built on that creative foundation. It’s also built on our knowledge that a creative career is not for the faint of heart. Every day is a battle to get your ideas produced and noticed. And because it’s tough out there, it’s tough in here. But we’ll support you along every step of your journey. We provide the mentoring and real-world experience you need to prevail, with faculty* who’ve worked in the field and internship possibilities at successful businesses. You’ll be encouraged and expected to be bold. To take risks. To push yourself and the people around you. It won’t be easy. In fact, it’ll be the hardest thing you’ll ever love.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

 

Meet our Faculty

  • Digital Filmmaking & Video Production Faculty Member Scott Essman

    Scott Essman

    Digital Filmmaking & Video Production

    "Be punctual, reliable, focused, upbeat, and willing to do whatever is asked of you."

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    Scott Essman
    Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

    When I was five, my parents took me to see Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. It was so rich in colors, characters, sets, props, songs, exotic locations, and unforgettable dialogue. Even at that age, I couldn't believe someone had the audacity to put a story like that on screen. I’ve pursued moviemaking ever since, and teaching has been a logical extension of that.

    How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

    I use both my experiences and those of my colleagues to give students a real-world perspective. I've had students practice editing raw footage from my own films, and brought in guest speakers from the industry to help connect the coursework to the real world. I’ve arranged informal mentorships so many of my students can shadow working filmmakers, specifically targeting their career goals—art direction, editing, sound, 3D environments, screenwriting, directing, etc. And I make sure to share regular updates and industry status reports I get from trade papers and my contacts with filmmakers to help students keep up with what’s happening in the industry.

    What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

    I have students in my editing classes take raw video files from a baseball film I made, Ten Men on the Field, and edit a scene together from this footage using the screenplay as their guide. We screen each final edit so students using the exact same material can show their individual take on that scene. It’s an opportunity for them to work with actual dailies from the film industry, and understand that there are as many ways to cut a scene as there are editors.

    How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?

    Any film project can include students from nearly every program we offer. We have Photography students on hand to document the shoot in stills; Advertising students contribute taglines and marketing; Graphic & Web Design students create an official site for the film and design packaging materials; and students from Animation and Video Effects & Motion Graphics add their skills. We’ve had Industrial Design students build props and set pieces, and Interior Design students create the layout and look of the set. Fashion students have designed costumes, and Culinary students have provided craft services and catering. They learn to work together toward a common goal, and they see how things work in the real world.

    What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

    I stress how important it is to be disciplined, dependable, and honest.

    What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?

    Be punctual, reliable, focused, upbeat, and willing to do whatever is asked of you. Read More...
The Art Institute of San Antonio, a branch of The Art Institute of Houston alumni Sommer Bostick Working on game based training for the military has exposed me to things I never would be doing when I started at [The Art Institute of San Antonio]. Sommer Bostick
Media Arts & Animation, The Art Institute of San Antonio, a branch of The Art Institute of Houston, 2014