Television Production

TV Pro Students filming an event

Develop skills in lighting, audio, location & studio production, directing, editing, camera operation, and television graphics. This career-oriented program is designed for students seeking job-entry skills, retraining or upgrading in professional digital cinematography, with emphasis on all aspects of video production. The program is demanding, condensed, academically challenging, and requires substantial time commitments. Courses and extensive hands-on labs include the use of state-of-the-art digital video technology and equipment, emphasizing video equipment operation, storytelling, application and mastery of equipment, and aesthetics.

Leeward’s TV PRO program is uniquely co-designed by industry leaders and university educators to give you the knowledge skills necessary to enter the TV production profession. Our courses, taught by working professionals and subject specialists, train you for entry-level positions in broadcast and non-broadcast operations in the television production field.

About the Program

Things to consider:
You must be able to lift and hold up to 25 pounds (a professional camcorder) on you shoulder, and be in reasonably good health. For lighting, climbing a ladder is required. Teamwork as well as individual efforts are keys to success. We expect professional standards of behavior and performance common in the industry. Attendance and being on time are essential for success. Emotional stability is required, as TV production is a stressful and time-sensitive occupation. Most tests and performance exams are timed when appropriate to the subject matter. A good background in physical sciences, basic math, literature, drama, reading, writing, art, photography, keyboarding, computers, and business would be helpful, but are not required. The program assumes you have no prior TV production experience.

Costs: In addition to Leeward's tuition and fees, textbooks can run as high as $480 for this program. Personal earphones, tools, supplies, and recording media may also be required for additional costs of approximately $450.

Time: The 15 credit Certificate of Completion can be completed in as little as one semester. The 38-credit Certificate of Achievement can be completed in as few as two semesters. The 64 credit Associate In Science Degree can be completed in three or four semesters.

The program requires significant time commitments from students, as well as rigorous academic and "hands on" training. Plan to spend a minimum of 20 hours per week in class and labs, and at least 8 to 12 hours of study time per week.

Associate in Science in TV Production Program Outcomes
In addition to acquiring the competencies required for Associate in Science degrees, upon successful completion of this program graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate the ability to work as an individual as well as an effective team member.
  • Consistently demonstrate professional qualities demanded by the business.
  • Understand and be able to create concepts, treatments, storyboards, scripts, budgets, and be able to “pitch” these preproduction tools in a professional manner.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and be able to use modern digital video studio cameras and digital camcorders and camera mounting equipment as required by the industry.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history, theory, and aesthetics of television, film, and the moving image.
  • Understand media literacy and demonstrate professional ethics as applied to the moving image.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and be able to operate current nonlinear digital editing equipment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and be able to apply current television and film lighting techniques.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and be able to use current sound sources and audio equipment specific to sound acquisition, recording, sweetening, editing, and post-production.
  • Demonstrate and apply the skills at a professional level to block and direct a multi-camera field or studio production as well as a single camera movie-style production, using proper terminology and techniques.
  • Understand and apply basic video and audio engineering techniques in order to produce a professionally acceptable television signal which meets FCC requirements for broadcast.
  • Create acceptable and appropriate digital graphics necessary for television production.
  • Understand and apply advanced aesthetic concepts and theories to television productions in relation to use of light, color, two and three dimensional screen spaces and forces, depth, volume, visualization, motion, time and sound to achieve professional results.

Certificate of Achievement in Television Production Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to work as an individual as well as an effective team member as demanded by industry.
  • Develop and produce concepts, treatments, storyboards, scripts, budgets, and be able to “pitch” these preproduction tools in a professional manner.
  • Use modern digital video studio cameras and digital camcorders and camera mounting equipment as required by industry.

Certificate of Competence in Television Production Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  • Use of state-of-the-art digital video equipment for film techniques and television production.
  • Edit film and video productions
  • Describe audio and video engineering

Robert Hochstein, Professor CC, Television Production; B.S., Education and Communication, California State Teachers College; M.S.A., Central Michigan Universit

Irwin Yamamoto, Assistant Professor CC, Digital Media and Television Production; A.A., Liberal Arts, Leeward Community College; B.A., Speech; M.Ed., Educational Technology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Dennis Burns, Pacific Focus

Nick Carter, KGMB-TV9

Georja Skinner, Hawai‘i Film Office

Bryan Kam, KHNL/KFVE

Jay Park, KGMB-TV9

Bob Pritchard, KMTV

Lori Silva, KHON-TV2

Candy Suiso, Wai‘anae High School

Leslie Wilcox, PBS,

CEO John Wray, KITV-TV