Multimedia & Television Production » Program Syllabus and Recommendations

Program Syllabus and Recommendations

Multimedia and Television Production

What goes on behind the scenes? Lighting, staging, script writing, editing, recording, and animation – these are just a few of the careers that make today’s multi-billion dollar entertainment industry possible. From local news and commercials to digital media and movies—if you see it on the screen, production specialists make it happen!

What will my classes be like?

You will go behind the scenes of the entertainment industry, learning trade secrets in computer editing, digital video, digital audio, multi-track recording, set design, studio lighting, remote lighting, video graphics, and animation. Work as part of a production team using state-of-the-art software and technology. Learn how good storytelling is critical to the ultimate success of any film or video. Technology Center of DuPage offers private HD production facilities that will help you get ready for a fun and exciting career in media production.

Course Goals/Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to do the following:
  • Define terms required for television production
  • Demonstrate lighting principles that meet technical and aesthetically creative purposes
  • Direct multi-camera studio productions
  • Show an understanding of television production techniques
  • Perform competently using control room equipment
  • Produce basic talk-shows, demonstrations, and news stories for television
  • Execute the duties of individual production crew positions
  • Understand and perform basic shot composition used in film and TV production
  • Select and define appropriate microphone types for specific audio needs
  • Perform visual and audio editing operations on a non-linear editing system (AVID Media Composer, Adobe Premiere, ProTools)
  • Ascertain basic principles and methods for editing different forms of media
  • Apply acquired editing techniques media using a non-linear editing system
  • Create finished pieces which incorporate learned audio, lighting, camera composition and  proper editing techniques
  • Evaluate your work and other works using artistic and technical standards as defined by instructor.
  • Produce composited and manipulated layered images using Adobe Photoshop
  • Manipulate imagery with filters and other Photoshop tools to produce creative imagery
  • Produce Media ready images using desktop scanners and cameras
  • Prepare color separations of an images for color correction and manipulation
  • Produce color corrected images using global and local techniques
  • Convert press-ready documents into Portable Document Format (PDF)
  • Create multi-layered images for use in video editing software
Due dates for the following major projects will be assigned by the instructor. Ample time will be given to each student to complete them.
Production Process, Audio Editing, Digital Image Creation.
Audio projects due
October: Camera Composition, Basic Editingprojects due
November:       Microphones & Audio, Lighting
December: Computer Graphics, Digital Photography
January: Digital Photography continued
February:         Intermediate editing  projects start, TV / Studio Production Starts
March: TV / Studio Production continued, Intermediate / Advanced editing, Intermediate video project due
March / April: TV / Studio Production continued
May:     TV / Studio Production continued, Advanced projects due

Assessment Standards/Grading Practices

  • Projects, Workbooks, Tests, Performance Evaluations, and Quizzes = 50 % of grade
  • Employability = 50 % of grade
Grading Scale
90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
59 -Below E

College Credit Opportunities

Students may earn college credit while also earning high school credit in the following College of DuPage classes:
MOTION PICTURE/TELEVISION 1011 Introduction to Motion Pictures and Television (3 credits)
MOTION PICTURE/TELEVISION 1020 Editing for Motion Pictures and Television (3 credits)
MOTION PICTURE/TELEVISION 1220 Introduction to Television Production (3 credits)

Field Experiences/Competitive Opportunities

Second year students have the opportunity to apply for field internships at the discretion of the instructor.

College and Career Pathways

(Some require additional postsecondary education/training)
Audio and Video Technology and Film
Performing Arts
Journalism and Broadcasting
Live Television Camera
Freelance Production Crew
Digital Video Production
Digital Audio Production
Video, Film, and TV
Production Assistant
Digital Video and Audio
For sample occupations and post secondary educational requirements, visit: and click on“Career Clusters & Pathways”

Program Selection Guidelines/Recommendations

We are confident that the Multimedia and Television Production Program at Technology Center of DuPage is a positive and productive learning opportunity for DuPage County students. With this in mind, the following academic guidelines are recommendations intended to assist in scheduling students for success.
If a student considering Multimedia and Television Production has questions about one or more of these guidelines, contact a guidance representative from the home high school to clarify individual situations.

Academic Readiness

Mathematics: Students currently enrolled in or who have completed Geometry are likely to be effectively prepared to manage mathematics concepts required of students in this program.
Reading/Writing: Students currently enrolled in or who have successfully completed English 10 are likely to have the literacy skills required of students in this program.
Attendance: Students are expected to attend and effectively participate in program experiences to be successful in the Technology Center of DuPage experience.
95% attendance is expected of successful students in this program.

Professional Skills

Multimedia and Television Production students are also expected to effectively display the following attributes:
Time Management Skills  Personal Motivation 
Problem-solving Ability Ability to Work with others
Reliability/Dependability Ability to work independently
Strong organizational skills