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Video Production

PTC has developed a unique, new Multimedia program to teach the dynamic skills needed for the exciting field of commercial videography.

You will learn hands-on skills in cinematography, audio production, motion graphics and advanced skills in editing and visual effects.

Key Benefits

  • You will learn in PTC's state of the industry 2,400 square foot Multimedia Studio featuring 2 sound studios, 4 sound-proofed recording booths, and control room. These facilities promote hands on creativity and is a student hub for experimentation and innovation.
  • You will be taught state-of-the-industry software including Premiere, After Effects, Audition, Speed Grade, Illustrator, and Photoshop.
  • Video Production students experience hands-on production that takes you out of the classroom to benefit from real-world challenges with an emphasis on large-scale productions.
  • You will receive hands-on training with professional grade cameras, lighting equipment, jib arms, dollies, DSLR follow focus units and other modern equipment.

Student Work Multimedia Video Production

More information about Video Production below

Alumni: Jamie Cashdollar

Occupation: News Videographer

Employer: WTOV9

“I had a fantastic experience! With PTC being a year around school, I treated my classes as if they were an actual job and they placed me as an intern with the Pittsburgh Steelers.”

In the PTC Video Production Program you will learn key skills such as:

  • Lighting and studio recording
  • Audio and video production
  • Assembling video, animations, music and sound into finished presentations
  • Motion Graphics
  • Audio Mixing
  • Studio and field camera operation
  • Cinematography
  • Streaming and podcasting
  • Video Editing
  • Visual Effects

Alumni: Jamie Cashdollar

Occupation: News Videographer

Employer: WTOV9

“I had a fantastic experience! With PTC being a year around school, I treated my classes as if they were an actual job and they placed me as an intern with the Pittsburgh Steelers.”

VIDEO PRODUCTION CONCENTRATION

Photography
This course provides an introduction to the concepts, techniques, procedures, and application of photography. Students will use cameras in studio and field conditions to capture images to meet the requirements of assignments designed to develop specific skills and competencies. Emphasis is placed on basic compositional rules, common features of a DSLR camera with appropriate lenses, lighting, and exposure. A 70% grade must be
Entrepreneurship
This course provides a thorough survey of business practices from a creative professional perspective. Topics include contracts, invoicing, copyrights, freelancing, client relations, operations, management, proposals, and accounting.
Digital Design
Students will learn how to use Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator to create and manipulate the various still image formats used in video post-production. Photoshop techniques vital to image manipulation -- clone stamping, image enhancement, selection tools, project organization, and non-destructive workflows -- are taught. Illustrator topics such as pen tool, cropping source files, CMYK vs. RGB color space, strokes, fills, shape builders, and the pathfinder tool are also reviewed.
Design Concepts
This course immerses students in the key principles of graphic design, including typography, color theory, and the general rules of layout and design. These techniques and processes will be utilized in problem-solving specific to the on-screen graphics related to title design in video post-production. Students will also create media projects within the parameters of existing branding.
Audio/Video Editing 1
Students learn the theory and processes of modern audio/video editing using non-linear editing software. Digital post-production techniques are emphasized, as is the basics of motion picture editing theory. The concept of visual storytelling is explored, along with pacing, scoring, montage, and the relationship between image and audio. Students utilize these techniques and theories in various projects that include in-class demonstrations. A 70% grade must be attained at this level if continuing into MMA119.
Cinematography
Students will learn the role and execution of camera movements in video production. Students will also increase their base knowledge of lighting and grip equipment and their use in practical photographic situations. Hands-on activities involve jib arms, camera stabilization, and advanced lighting techniques for the moving image. Industry terminology, hardware and safety issues, simple troubleshooting, safety, care, and maintenance will also be emphasized. A 70% grade must be attained at this level if continuing into MMA206.
Audio/Video Editing 2
Course content includes the grammar of the edit, edit decision lists, cutaways, integration of graphics, continuity editing, complexity editing, context transitions, time expansion and contraction, continuity, pacing, timing, and advanced visual aesthetics. Advanced editing tools such as multi-camera editing, audio techniques, multi-track soundtracks, and track and submix-based effects will be integrated with pictures to produce a unified whole. Edit version control and color correction grading are also covered in this course. A 70% grade must be attained at this level if continuing into MMA222.
Introduction to Post-Production
Students are instructed on proper project set up, asset management, preparing bins for editing, working with time code, and asset retrieval. Students are taught how to work with mixed media types within a single project. Good editing habits, along with a clear understanding of project troubleshooting/recovery are emphasized in this class. A 70% grade must be attained at this level if continuing into MMA116.
Motion Graphics 1
Students will explore and create assignments utilizing basic animation principles. They will learn how to pre-visualize and produce animated sequences through a series of exercises. Industry-standard animation software is utilized for the creation of animations in the class with a focus on 2D and 3D animations. A 70% grade must be attained at this level if continuing into MMA211.
Videography
This course teaches students how to plan and successfully execute video productions under field and studio conditions while utilizing advanced features of modern, professional grade video cameras. Students are taught advanced camera techniques such as: custom paint setting creation, interval recording, custom frame rate, shutter speed, and exposure settings. Proper pre-production is also emphasized, along with safety and basic legal issues related to modern videography. High quality audio techniques are stressed throughout the course, as well as the vital relationship between production and post-production. Students will work together in the creation of high quality, in-depth video production. A passing grade must be attained at this level if continuing into MMA222.
Audio Production 1
This course familiarizes students with microphones, mixers, recording devices, and other audio hardware vital to the basic principles of sound recording. Students learn the proper protocol and practices for sound recording on a professional video production. Students will experiment with different sound recording techniques and various types of equipment, getting hands-on experience in and out of the classroom. Multi-track recording, signal routing and mixer consoles are covered in-depth. A 70% grade must be attained at this level if continuing into MMA215 and MMA217.
Audio Production 2
This course introduces the art of sound manipulation in post-production to support the development of soundtracks for visual media such as videos and animations. Audio postproduction techniques are taught, with a clear understanding of frequency ranges, sample rates, and bit depth. Advanced waveform editing, loop creation, multitrack mixing, stereo field utilization, and other techniques are emphasized. Students also learn the use of sound processes most common to video editors, such as equalization, reverb, limiting, normalization, compression, and time and pitch based effects. Noise reduction and restoration techniques are also emphasized in this course. A 70% grade must be attained at this level if continuing into MMA215 and MMA217.
Motion Graphics 2
This course focuses on the creation of text-based motion graphics packages for various editing, animation, and motion graphics productions. Adobe After Effects techniques are utilized to create advanced text animations using the classic and ray-trace 3D render engines. Title design, lower thirds, and a host of other screen based text devices are explored along with the concept of consistency of design, motion, and effects. A 70% grade must be attained at this level if continuing into MMA212.
Advanced Visual Effects
Students will focus on the seamless integration of real-world, live-action video footage of human and inanimate subjects with computer-generated virtual elements. Students are introduced to compositing and integration techniques commonly utilized by video professionals, as well as the cinematography particular to photographing green screen subjects. Advanced animation and visual effects are utilized to create industry quality presentations. Students will also perform simple motion and camera tracking tasks.
Audio Production 3
This is a combined recording and mixing class based on a large-scale sound effects (Foley) project where students use professional grade audio hardware and software to create and process voice recordings and custom sound effects. Various recording methods are utilized, including Foley, automatic dialogue replacement (ADR), stereo mic techniques, and looping. The media generated by the class is processed, using advanced sound mixing and editing techniques, to construct a custom sound mix with special sound effects, voice work, and music.
Video Senior Project
This advanced level course provides students with hands-on experience by developing projects directly related to the video industry. Following best practices in project management, workflow and communication, students will focus on problem solving, experimentation, and execution of project deliverables. As students prepare to enter the industry, they are educated in how to present their work and organize and execute job searches.
Audio Production 4
This course explores the aesthetic and technical aspects of the small-scale live performance. Students will learn how to deliver high quality sound while maintaining the ability to conduct multitrack recording. Students also learn how to use hardware such as field/studio recorders, mixers, microphones, and various other live sound devices. Students must demonstrate how to plan, set-up, and strike a sound system, as well as provide proper cable management. Troubleshooting techniques for solving common performance-related problems are also emphasized. Students are 'hands-on' as they learn live audio effects such as equalization, reverb, and dynamics processing.
Advanced Editing
Students will focus on the development and management of large scale documentary projects using advanced editing and scriptwriting techniques. This course offers the challenge of creating a final product from a production that was mostly unscripted. You, the student editor, will take a commanding a role by creating the narrative from the often hours and hours of footage shot. You will expand your knowledge of the editing process by utilizing advanced editing tools and techniques. The processing, organizing, and evaluation of interview media is also taught, as well as the management of a large-scale editing project.
Streaming and Podcasting
Students are immersed in the exploration of internet-based live video distribution, including on-line chats, virtual meetings, and other events. Students are also taught the terms and concepts used in live streaming media and how streaming differs from uploaded video, broadcast signals, and other delivery methods. Technical concepts are such as encoding, streaming vs. progressive download, and adaptive streaming are also taught. Students also learn essential content that includes audio and lighting best practices, and the incorporation of videos, graphics, and music during a live stream. This course will teach you how to plan, produce, and record a seamless live broadcast. Troubleshooting and testing of live streaming feeds will also be covered.
Video Portfolio Development
Students will create an industry-quality portfolio consisting of original projects from previous classes and/or newly created projects. Students provide their sample works, along with an approved resume and other information through the use of an on-line delivery mechanism. A 70% grade must be attained for completion of this final class.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Steps to Career Success 1
The purpose of this course is to acclimate students to the available resources to maintain their focus on achieving career goals. The course is scheduled for all students in the 1st quarter, one hour per week.
Steps to Career Success 2
This course introduces students to the employment opportunities in their chosen degree and the professionalism needed for employment. The course utilizes graduates employers to discuss employment, professionalism and the skillsets needed to be a successful employee. The students will see examples of what the industries have to offer and will learn 1st hand the skills needed to be successful and what it takes to maintain a
Career Development
The focus of this course is on preparing students for the upcoming job search process. They will produce a series of critical job search documents, including a resume, reference page, cover letter and thank you letter. These documents are applied to job search activities that give students the opportunity to hone their interview skills, research potential employers, complete an online job application, and experience a mock interview scenario.
Internship
The Internship is a cooperative effort between the Institute and the professional community. It is designed to provide the students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned in their major in a related working environment. This internship requires 240 hours work experience.

 

GENERAL STUDIES

English Composition 1
This writing course focuses on the writing of descriptive narrative, cause and effect, and process essays from the initial stage of prewriting to final revisions and editing. Topics included are purpose, audience, development, focus and organization, as well as word usage and sentence structure. Elements of grammar, spelling, and punctuation are reviewed. Assigned readings are part of class discussion and writing assignments. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam; otherwise, students must have concurrent success with GEE099 and GEE100 before proceeding on to GEE150.
English Composition 2
This writing course is a continuation of the fundamentals introduced in GEE100 English Composition 1. Library and electronic research techniques and guidelines are thoroughly covered. Advanced persuasive writing and research-based persuasion are emphasized using citations and works cited according to MLA guidelines. Analytical and critical thinking skills are developed through students' evaluation of their own writing and assigned readings. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam or GEE100.
Effective Speech
This course focuses on the various dimensions of effective speaking with emphasis on audience analysis, reasoning, organization, evidence, and delivery. Throughout the course, the student is acquainted with the various types of speeches and their effectiveness through critical and analytical reading, individualized and group exercises and projects, and class discussions. Students deliver a variety of speeches, including informative and persuasive speeches.
Art History
This general studies course focuses on the history of art and design. Lessons and projects provide students with approaches to creative thinking, understanding visual communication, and discovering meaning through discussion and research. Lectures and other activities are designed to enhance the student's understanding of the relationship between historical developments and artistic production.
Personal Finance
This course blends financial theory with financial applications while providing an understanding of the U.S. financial structure. Emphasis is placed on budgeting, personal income and expenditures, present and future value calculations, personal financial statements, and finance and credit alternatives.
Psychology
This course introduces the student to basic psychological principles. Topics include neuroscience and behavior, states of consciousness, learning, development, personality, health psychology, psychological disorders, and social psychology.
Critical Thinking
In today's information age, critical thinking skills are vital for success. This course utilizes case studies to teach reasoning, analysis, and evaluation skills in everyday situations. Students learn the importance and benefits of critical and creative thinking, work through steps to understand, analyze, and evaluate specifics of argument and persuasion, and practice solving problems using critical thinking skills.
Human Relations in Organizations**
This general studies course focuses on effective human relations in organizations. Specific areas of study include work relationships, ethical choices, team building, conflict management strategies, diversity in the workplace, and work-related stress.

**This course can be replaced by another approved General Education course.

Alumni: Jamie Cashdollar

Occupation: News Videographer

Employer: WTOV9

“I had a fantastic experience! With PTC being a year around school, I treated my classes as if they were an actual job and they placed me as an intern with the Pittsburgh Steelers.”

PTC Video Production graduates are prepared for entry-level positions at:

  • Mid-sized corporations
  • Advertising agencies
  • Broadcast media
  • Design/development studios
  • E-learning companies
  • Freelance
  • Interactive agencies
  • Motion picture companies
  • Post-production companies

Alumni: Jamie Cashdollar

Occupation: News Videographer

Employer: WTOV9

“I had a fantastic experience! With PTC being a year around school, I treated my classes as if they were an actual job and they placed me as an intern with the Pittsburgh Steelers.”

PTC offers a comprehensive Career Services Department with a dedicated staff who will assist you in your career search. Companies that have previously hired PTC graduates include:

  • Accuweather
  • Blackwater video
  • Carnegie Mellon University Entertainment Technology Center
  • Cornerstone Television
  • Disney Worldwide Services KDKA-TV
  • Ferencik Films
  • MARC USA
  • MediaQuest
  • Military Family Network
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Vendetti Studios
  • Veritas Legal Services
  • Westinghouse
  • WG Tomko, Inc.

*Some employers may require a background check and drug screening prior to employment. *Applicants for the Multimedia Technologies program must meet specific entrance requirements.

Alumni: Jamie Cashdollar

Occupation: News Videographer

Employer: WTOV9

“I had a fantastic experience! With PTC being a year around school, I treated my classes as if they were an actual job and they placed me as an intern with the Pittsburgh Steelers.”

For graduation rates and other important consumer information regarding this program, please click on the link below:

United States Department of Education Gainful Employment Data

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