Videography Production Diploma

Why Choose Videography Production Diploma at CLC?

Strong program related career placement in a thriving industry.

Feature high-definition broadcast quality equipment used by professionals in the industry.

Corporate connections with Target Corp, KARE 11, Lindner Media productions, Babe Winkleman Productions, WDIO TV Duluth

Brainerd Bureau for Kare 11 News

Studio team for Lakeland Public Television “Currents” Program

Our instructor has a variety of video/TV industry experience

About the Program

Shoot, write, edit, produce – these are the foundations for all video and film production. They are the focus of the Videography Production A.A.S. and Diploma Program at Central Lakes College. This program’s greatest strength is the unique curriculum we developed from the beginning. It has been continually revised, but the core has proven to be effective at educating students in the ways of production. With extensive backgrounds in video production, we have a laser-like understanding of the occupational and life skills necessary for employment. Our graduates are proving to be extremely marketable and in demand.

Videography is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing career choices in the 21st century. With the explosion of cable networks, web-casting and video corporate communications, this field is expected to experience steady, long-term growth.

Program Information

Program Course Requirements

First Year – Fall Semester
ENGL 1422  Practical Writing (3 cr) OR ENGL 1410 Composition I (4 cr)
GDES 1146 Video Graphics (3 cr)
VPRO 1110  Video Editing Workflow (3 cr)
VPRO 1114  Camera Operations (3 cr)
TOTAL – 12-13 credits

First Year – Spring Semester
GDES 2130 Motion Graphics I (3 cr)
VPRO 1100*  Media Script Writing (3 cr)
VPRO 1126 Media Lighting and Sound (4 cr)
VPRO 1128  Business of Media (3 cr)
TOTAL – 13 credits

Second Year – Fall Semester
GDES 2134  Motion Graphics II (3 cr)
VPRO 2104  CLC Productions I (4 cr)
VPRO 2110  Advanced Camera (3 cr)
VPRO 2112  Advanced Video Editing (3 cr)
TOTAL – 13 credits

Second Year – Spring Semester
GDES 2126  Video in Social Media (2 cr)
VPRO 2106  CLC Productions II (4 cr)
VPRO 2130  Creative Development (4 cr)
General Education (3 cr)
TOTAL – 13 credits


Career Description: Videography is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing career choices in the 21st century. With the explosion of cable networks, web-casting, and video corporate communications, this field is expected to experience steady, long-term growth. Videography production is the professional process of telling stories through a series of recorded, filmed images using digital media. Film and video editors edit programming for the motion picture, cable, and broadcast television industries. Camera operators employed in the entertainment, corporate, or news fields use digital media to record movies, television programs, events, and commercials. Studio operations include floor directors, technical directors, camera operators, teleprompter operators, and audio engineers. News camera operators, also called electronic news-gathering (ENG) operators, work as part of a reporting team, following newsworthy events as they unfold. A degree in Videography at Central Lakes College prepares students for entry-level positions in all of these areas.

Program Information: Shoot, write, edit, produce – these are the foundations for all video and film production. They are the focus of the Videography Production A.A.S. or Diploma Program at Central Lakes College. Students will learn the proper techniques for capturing motion picture footage using professional-grade camera equipment. A strong concentration on production lighting and audio recording is included. Quality scriptwriting is the foundation of the production process and is emphasized in all aspects of this program. Video editing is essential to all motion picture completion and both basic and advanced editing procedures are stressed. Employers are seeking entry-level operators with a broad understanding of the foundations of production. Our focused approach at Central Lakes College ensures graduates will be positioned appropriately for successful entry into the industry.

Program Outcomes:
Graduates will be able to:


  • Apply protocol and safety in video production working environments;
  • Recognize and apply knowledge in script writing, camera operation, sound recording, editing, and production design for video applications;
  • Utilize video production equipment and software programs used in videography applications and creating special effects;
  • Analyze and apply appropriate lighting techniques for motion picture programming; and
  • Encode video files for distribution to broadcast, web, and digital recording.


Special Program Requirements:

In addition to the program requirements listed above, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: The cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0;
  2. College Technical Core GPA Requirement: The cumulative GPA of credits attempted and completed towards the technical core of the diploma or degree must be at least 2.0; and
  3. Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% (13) of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Certification: Ambroz is a Certified Steadicam Operator. (Main Workshops)

Career Opportunities: There are many job opportunities in this field within, and outside of, Minnesota. From 2006 to 2010, video production experienced 16% growth in career positions – 2% better than all professional fields combined, (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). That trend is expected to improve between 2010 and 2020. The Twin Cities area is considered a national center of activity for jobs in this field. Brainerd, Duluth, and St. Cloud are also excellent places to find placement.

Career Titles: Some common career titles for this field include video editor, videographer, cinematographer, producer, director, production assistant, photojournalist, news producer, and writer.

Advisory Board: Current Members: Jane Helmke News Director KARE TV, Minneapolis, MN Luke Logan Camera Operator Fast Forward Productions, Minneapolis, MN Steve Goodspeed News Director WDIO TV, Duluth, MN Dan Hegstad Station Manager Lakeland Public Television, Brainerd, MN Chad Koel Owner/Editor Koel Communications, Brainerd, MN Jeremy Doyle Independent Filmmaker, Brainerd, MN Dale Bosch Independent Producer, Brainerd, MN Melissa Young Owner/Producer Hey Man Productions, Minneapolis, MN Billy Hoffs Online Media Specialist Lindner Media Productions, Brainerd, MN David Steffan Editor Edit-Works, St. Paul, MN Paul Anderson Contract Manager National Joint Powers Association, Staples, MN Jon Bergmann President Big Time Entertainment, Pine River, MN Ryan DeChaine Producer Lindner Media Productions, Brainerd, MN Matt Ayers Graduate of Program, Brainerd, MN

Faculty Biography: Mark Ambroz is a television producer specializing in corporate communications, commercials and documentary programming. He is owner of One Guy Short Productions in Brainerd, Minnesota. His 25 years in production include 11 years at KARE 11 in Minneapolis, 7 years at Babe Winkelman Productions and 6 years as producer for Gander Mountain’s “We Live Outdoors” television series. His client list includes Federal Ammunition, Bemidji State University, Lindner Media Productions, Seven Clans Casino and Mills Fleet Farm. He believes that the key to successful production is a broad knowledge of the entire video workflow. In 2011, Ambroz made a course-correction in his career and became the principal instructor for the Videography program at Central Lakes College.



Mark Ambroz

Videography Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8226
Brainerd W133

Brent Balmer

Videography CLA
Phone: 218-855-8727
Brainerd W141
leon dahlvang

Leon Dahlvang

Graphic Design Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8157
Brainerd E436

Student Testimonials


I am currently a student finishing up his last semester in the Videography Program at Central Lakes College. There are many good things to say about the program at CLC. It covers every aspect in video production; from camera work, to sound, to even creating your own graphics for your videos. It offers a wide selection of high-end, professional production equipment (from a dozen video cameras, to a full studio with green- screen) for students to use on their projects and videos while enrolled. The teachers and staff at CLC are always willing to help and genuinely want you to succeed in the future. But my favorite thing about the program here at CLC was the hands-on approach, this gave me real experience into what being a television producer will be like and it’s the best way to prepare for the work industry.


I’d like to take a minute to express my satisfaction with the Videography program at Central Lakes College. We have brought on two graduates to work with us over the last two years. Both are outstanding. They displayed the editing and general digital skills we needed. What impressed me even more than their competency though was their ability to troubleshoot. This is an integral part of any working day. Both showed an ease with new concepts, a collaborative ability to think through issues and in the end, came up with some workable solutions to get a professional product made. On a personal note, they are fun to work alongside and I consider them both friends today. Kudos for the education and the real world intangibles taught in the Videography program at CLC that led to our good experience.


The CLC Videography program helped me grow from an amateur filmmaker to someone who’s working full-time in the industry. I will always be happy with the decision I made to attend a 2-year program that put a camera in my hands on the very first day.

Employment Statistics

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