• Production and post-production crews bring the programming that we watch every day to the screen. Be the talent that drives today’s entertainment industry!

    What goes on behind the scenes? Lighting, staging, script writing, editing, recording, and animation – these are just a few of the jobs that make today’s multi-billion dollar entertainment industry possible. From local news and commercials to multimedia presentations and movies—if you see it on the screen, production specialists made 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. Additionally, you will work as part of a production team using state-of-the-art software and technology, and 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.
    Video about the program

    Susan Saam



    The topics below are among the essential skills for this program. This is not a comprehensive list of all available skills and goals, but given to show the scope of the curriculum. Changes may occur year to year based on industry input, change in focus, or other factors. Please contact the program instructor or coordinator for additional information.

    Audio Engineering for Video

    §         Multi-track recordings

    §         Mixers, microphones, and Sound Creation

    §         Signal flow, connectors, sound pick-up

    §         Studio set-up

    §         Operating Patch Bays

    Camera Composition

    Studio Camera Operation

    Editing Techniques/Special Effects

    Non-Linear Intermediate Editing (Avid Media Composer, and Adobe Premiere)

    Computer Graphics for Video

    Studio and Remote Lighting

    Production & Pre-Production Processes

    §         Scriptwriting

    §         Storyboarding

    §         Floor Plan

    §         Lighting Plan

    §         Set Design

    §         Crew management

    Production Crew Members (rotate duties)

    §         Director/Assistant Director

    §         Producer

    §         Tape Operator

    §         Camera Operator

    §         Talent

    §         Technical Director

    §         Audio Engineer

    §         Lighting Director/Assistant Lighting Director

    Advanced Story Development

    §         Research, Outlines, and Proposals

    §         Project Approval and Scripting

    §         Scheduling Production Crew and Talent

    §         Budgeting

    §         Field Production (Shooting, and Recording)

    §         Multi-camera Productions

    §         Stage Lighting & Blocking

    §         Editing and Finishing


    Employment Skills

    § Career assessment

    § Résumé & Portfolio Development

    § Application, interview, job search

    § Internships