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TVPRO Curriculum

TELEVISION PRODUCTION (TVPR) Courses

  • TVPR 100 level courses emphasize video equipment operation.
  • TVPR 200 level classes emphasize storytelling, application and mastery of equipment, and aesthetics. An advising appointment with, and signature of, the TVPRO Program Coordinator is required prior to registration.


TVPR 101 Film and Video Production Process and Business Operations (3)
This course explains the entire production process (pre-production, production, post-production) for film and television, and business aspects of these media.  Topics include concepts, treatments, storyboarding, scripts, breakout, budgeting, preproduction planning and documents, copyrights, roles of production personnel, departments and functions, production considerations, post-production editing, graphics, music, soundtrack, final cut, promotion, sales, marketing, and distribution.  Ratings, share, box office receipts, business aspects, and how film and video companies make a profit are also emphasized.
Rec Preparation: English 100 or higher and Math 100 or higher.

TVPR 121 Film and Video Graphics (3)
Introduction to video and film graphics.  Students will lean about digital and non-electronic graphic production including character generators, color, motion, perspective, teleprompters, set construction, virtual sets, and graphic design.
Prerequisite: English 100 or higher, and Math 100 or higher. TVPR 101, 126, 136, 142, & 151. TVPR 210 and 211or 212 may be taken concurrently or instructor’s approval.
Corequisite: TVPR 226, 251 and 293B or instructor’s approval.

TVPR 126 Intro to Digital Camera Operation and Lighting Principles (3)
An introduction to contemporary digital video cameras, operating controls, and mounting systems.  Basic lighting principles, portable and studio equipment, safety, and operation will be illustrated in theory and application, particularly in relationship to camera operation.
Prerequisite: TVPR 101 may be taken concurrently or instructor’s approval.
Corequisite: TVPR 136, 142 & 151 or instructor’s approval.
Rec Preparation: English 100 or higher, and Math 100 or higher.

TVPR 136 Audio/Video Engineering (3)
Audio and video engineering fundamentals for television producers and production staff.  This introductory course focuses on electrical power sources and generation, proper calibration, readings, and settings of audio and video signal monitoring and testing equipment, connections, adapters, inputs and outputs.  Students will learn to diagnose problems and adjust equipment accordingly.  Simple troubleshooting, safety, care, and maintenance will also be emphasized.
Prerequisite: TVPR 101 may be taken concurrently or instructor’s approval.
Corequisite: TVPR 126, 142 & 151 or instructor’s approval.
Rec Preparation: English 100 or higher, and Math 100 or higher.

TVPR 142 Film and Video Audio: Acquisition and Recording (3)
Delivers theory, knowledge, and skills required for audio acquisition and recording as applied to film and television production.  Audio theory, microphones, pickup patterns, frequency and amplitude, digital and analog signals, mixers, recording techniques, production audio devices, Foley, channels and tracks, sound effects, music, troubleshooting, mixing, and monitoring equipment are emphasized.
Prerequisite: TVPR 101 may be taken concurrently or instructor’s approval.
Corequisite: TVPR 126, 136, & 151 or instructor’s approval.
Rec Preparation: English 100 or higher, and Math 100 or higher.

TVPR 151 Intro to Film and Video Digital Editing Principles (3)
An introduction to editing film and video in non-linear digital formats.  Topics will include the grammar of the edit, history of film and video editing, analog and digital theories, contemporary formats, magnetic and optical recording and editing, contemporary recording, editing, and playback devices, digital editing file management, edit decision lists, timelines, editing strategies and methodologies, manipulation of audio and creation of simple soundtracks, and contemporary editing software and hardware and operation.  Current editing software includes Adobe Premier, Final Cut Pro, and Avid.
Prerequisite: TVPR 101 may be taken concurrently or instructor’s approval.
Corequisite: TVPR 126, 136, & 142 or instructor’s approval.
Rec Preparation: English 100 or higher, and Math 100 or higher.

TVPR 210 Film and Video History, Criticism, Ethics, and Aesthetics (3)
Through various international examples and critiques, students will study film and video history, development, and technical milestones, learn, study, question, and practice criticism, and examine ethical problems, responsibilities, and personal solutions.  Students will study and examine media literacy. Students will also examine, compare, and contrast the aesthetics of film and video.
Prerequisite: English 100 or higher, and Math 100 or higher or instructor’s approval.

TVPR 211 Film and Video Storytelling and Scriptwriting (3)
Students enrolled in this course will study fiction and non-fiction storytelling forms in film and video.  Various genres will be explored and examined.  Brainstorming, concepts, treatments, pitching, storyboarding, and scriptwriting formats will be emphasized.  Students will produce their own scripts for both film projects shot on video and television projects.
Prerequisite: English 100 or higher, and Math 100 or higher or instructor’s approval.

TVPR 212 Media Talent Development, Directing,  and Performance (3)
This course is designed for film and television production students who may also want to learn skills required for talent performances in front of the camera or microphone, and how to direct talent to achieve professional performances.
Prerequisite: English 100 or higher, and Math 100 or higher or instructor’s approval.

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