Videography is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing career choices in the 21st century. Videography production is the professional process of capturing stories through a series of recorded, filmed images using digital media. Television, video, and motion picture camera operators produce images that tell a story, inform or entertain an audience, or record an event. Film and video editors edit soundtracks, film and video for the motion picture, cable and broadcast television industries. Camera operators employed in the entertainment field use digital media to film movies, television programs, events, and commercials. Studio camera operators work in a broadcast studio and usually videotape their subjects from a fixed position. News camera operators, also called electronic news-gathering (ENG) operators, work as part of a reporting team, following newsworthy events as they unfold.
Students in the Videography Production A.A.S. or Diploma Program will learn the proper techniques for shooting footage, capturing stories using digital media, organizing video clips and editing footage to develop a finished production. Students take courses in media production, lighting, sound and creative software suites, digital photography, scripting, producing and directing. Students will develop the skills needed to professionally capture and manipulate video footage using audio sound rooms, video production studios, the latest creative software suites and high tech computer labs.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates will be able to:
1. Apply video working protocol and safety
2. Recognize and apply knowledge in script writing, camera operation, sound recording, editing and production design for video applications
3. Utilize video production equipment and software programs used in videography applications and creating special effects
4. Analyze and apply appropriate lighting techniques for project shots
5. Encode files for distribution and production of master tapes and DVD’s
Students have an opportunity to transfer courses and earn a Bachelor of Arts in Design Technology at Bemidji State University
Some common career titles for this field include visual effects editor, videographer, producer, graphics designer, key grip, editor, director, cinematographer, broadcast designer, location manager, and writer.
There are many job opportunities in this field within and outside of Minnesota. The Twin Cities area is one of the hot spots in the area for jobs in this field. Brainerd, Duluth and St. Cloud are also excellent places to find placement.