Courses – Digital Video Fusion Production

BT   Business Technology

ICG   Introduction to Computer Graphics

NLE   Non-Linear Editing

OBL  Observing Light

POP 1  Principles of Photography 1

POV 1  Principles of Video 1

SW  Screenwriting

PD 1  Professional Development 1

 

AFV  Audio for Video

DI 1   Digital Imaging 1

LFS 1   Lighting for Stills 1

LFV  Lighting for Video

POP 2   Principles of Photography 2

POV 2  Principles of Video 2

PPP 1  Professional Post Production 1

PD 2   Professional Development 2

 

ADI   Advanced Digital Imaging

AVP  Audio for Visual Production

BOP 1  Business of Photography 1

DVFP ES1  DVFP Employability Skills 1

DMVP  Digital Marketing for Video and Photography

POV 3  Principles of Video 3

PT  Production Techniques

PD 3  Professional Development 3

 

BOV   Business of Video

DD  Digital Darkroom

DVFP ES2  DVFP Employability Skills 2

DVFP ES3  DVFP Employability Skills 3

DVFP PPW  DVFP Portfolio Production Workshop

PPP 2  Professional Post Production 2

PD 4  Professional Development 4

 

Advanced Digital Imaging (ADI)

Students will build upon skills learned in Digital Imaging as well as learn new tricks and methods. This course teaches students how to hone digital enhancement skills while introducing new techniques such as photo merging, High Dynamic Range (HDR) imagery, advanced photo restoration, and retouching techniques. Skills will be applied with challenging digital manipulation based assignments.

Audio for Video (AFV)

This highly specialized audio course will investigate the gathering of location audio from a DSLR Perspective, including the introduction to single and double system sound using balanced microphones and pre-amps designed specifically with professional DSLR video in mind. Students will be given assignments and exercises that will reinforce the need for quality audio to accompany their images and video. Foley stage concepts will also be introduced to help enhance production already underway.

Audio for Visual Production (AVP)

AVP introduces students to the processes and tools used in sound design for moving images. It is designed for students in the visual arts, rather than those pursing an audio engineering program. AVP covers aesthetic and technical issues including sound design and manipulation. Combining theory with applied technical skills, students create and record a radio commercial, and create and engineer a complete soundtrack for a two-minute animation. Topics include audio post-production theory, composition, supervision, and editing of music for picture, digital audio theory, surround sound history and theory, an introduction to MIDI, digital non-linear audio post-production tools and processes with Pro-Tools, synchronization, audio processing, effects, and mixing introduces students to the processes and tools used in sound design for moving images. It is designed for students in the visual arts, rather than those pursuing an audio engineering program. AVP covers aesthetic and technical issues including sound synthesis and manipulation. Combining theory with applied technical skills, students create and engineer a complete soundtrack for a two to five-minute video. Topics include audio theory, location audio theory, digital non-linear audio post-production tools and processes, synchronization, MIDI, sequencing and sampling, audio processing, effects, and mixing.

Business of Photography 1 (BOP 1)

To make a living taking stunning photographs, you need more than photography skills – you must also have strong business skills. This course takes students through the first stages of opening and/or running a business – creating a complete business plan. Students will learn the processes of marketing, finance, and management as they pertain to a small photography business. Throughout the course, students will also have the opportunity to be exposed to several business professionals from within the community.

Business of Video (BOV)

BOV 4010 will go beyond the technical requirements of Fusion production and focus on the skills of a producer and project manager, from marketing for prospective clients to contract negotiations and the application of sound producing techniques and project management principles.  The course will focus on client management and communication with a special emphasis on mentorship and guidance.

Business Technology (BT)

In order to survive and prosper, businesses must take advantage of the most appropriate technology available. Students receive an introduction to various business technologies including word processing and spreadsheets. The medium to achieve this knowledge will be the Microsoft Office Suite. Building on a foundational understanding of Windows, as well as Internet browsers, students will learn the basic skills for Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Leveraging the interoperability of these applications will also be explored.

Digital Darkroom (DD)

In today’s increasingly competitive market, photographers need to stand out with inspiring photographs. Digital Darkroom is designed to teach students the process of creating memorable photographs. This course shows students how to visualize the finished print from beginning to end, but still be flexible and spontaneous. It will also show students how to adapt their workflow to capture movement in every still image by always knowing how best to use the tools available.

Digital Imaging (DI)

This course presents digital image editing techniques as they relate to photographers. Students will be introduced to digital enhancement tools such as masks, selections, filters, and channels. Topics and projects in Digital Imaging are intended to coincide with assignments from other Digital Photography courses.

Digital Marketing for Video & Photography (DMVP)

Building on a basic recognition of marketing as it applies to the online marketing of the video and photography industry, this course focuses on the fundamental technical skills and knowledge to promote/market video and photography on the Internet. The knowledge and technical skills are applied to implementing Internet marketing both tactically and holistically. This is an overview course that will give students a lay of the land and appreciation for the factors involved in successful online marketing campaigns so that they are able to more intelligently execute and manage such campaigns for themselves or clients by contracting appropriate help or building their own knowledge base further.

Digital Video Fusion Production – Portfolio Production Workshop (DVFP PPW)

This graduate level course will assist students in launching their personal business and brand including the creation of a Logo, business card, business website and demonstration reel. This course will draw on the knowledge base learned throughout the DVFP program to produce a portfolio of work and business presence that will act as a backbone for students personal brand.  Academic portfolios are the final demonstration of acquired learning and are a requirement for graduation at Centre Colleges.

DVFP Employability Skills 1, 2, 3 (DVFP ES 1, 2, 3)

In today’s marketplace technical skills and talent are not sufficient to find and keep high quality jobs. Employers desire candidates with a high level of employability skills that include personal management, communication, problem solving, positive attitudes and behaviours, adaptability, and teamwork skills. Employability Skills 1, 2, and 3 provide a space to explore the realities of the work world through a variety of real world case studies, breadth, and depth training opportunities, and/or work/production projects where employability skills (covered in the Professional Development Program series of courses) can be practiced. Each term the faculty will determine an appropriate focus for the courses that best serves the needs of the student cohorts or individual students, and local industry. Potential topics include specialized local industry needs overviews, guest speakers, case studies, or projects; interdisciplinary breadth and depth courses assigned per class or per individual need; class or individual development assignments and projects based on class or individual needs (as determined by the instructor or dept head or industry mentor); and work experience or simulated work experience projects and group projects.

Introduction to Computer Graphics (ICG)

This foundation course provides a solid background in vector and bitmap graphics creation, translation skills, graphic file management, scanning, and format conversion necessary for every field of computer graphics. These applied skills get you underway in a variety of our core computer graphic applications which are used in ever-increasing levels of integration throughout the program.

Lighting for Stills 1 (LFS 1)

This course introduces the importance of light. Students will learn about various types of lighting instruments, both constant and strobe. Along with lighting terminology, students will learn the different qualities of light and how to control them.

Lighting for Video (LFV)

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of lighting for video projects.  Moving beyond theory into application, Lighting for Video, will demonstrate the highly skilled techniques used when lighting scenes, tabletops, interviews and more.  Color temperature and quality of light will be investigated to assist in producing the highest quality video available.

Non-Linear Editing (NLE)

Students of digital video, and indeed, digital photography require an intermediate to advanced comprehension and proficiency in the postproduction cycle or editing phase of their projects.

The future of content creation across all delivery platforms will depend on the basic skills of postproduction.  Whether that encompasses a standalone software based nonlinear editing workflow like Adobe Premiere, or a combined workflow that throws raster and vector based programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator into the mix. This course will provide the framework for further instruction and develop sound strategies for successful project completion and delivery across multiple platforms.

NLE 1010 will begin the process of instruction in non-linear editing and teach basic proficiency in text animation using Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects, utilizing the CC suite of applications.

Observing Light (OBL)

Students will study light – from the very nature of what light is, to how we harness and control light in order to produce successful and intriguing photographs.

Production Techniques (PT)

The ability to produce quality video content is a constantly growing requisite skill for the digital media profession.  PT will show you how to take CG assets, use compositing to maximize their visual impact, and edit video while creating effects and graphics.

Professional Post-Production (PPP 1)

This intermediate level, postproduction course will emphasis the fine tuning of timeline edits, color grading and color correction. Dynamic bridge will be used to access Adobe After Effects for localized correction and enhancement, including compositing, green screen, 3D titling and special FX. To stay current with industry needs, editors are required to understand Adobe Illustrator for creating and inserting logos and Photoshop for processing and enhancing images added to the timeline. This course will apply the Adobe CS6 suite to the postproduction workflow.

Professional Post-Production 2 (PPP 2)

This intermediate level, postproduction course will emphasis the fine tuning of timeline edits, color grading and color correction. Dynamic bridge will be used to access Adobe After Effects for localized correction and enhancement, including compositing, green screen, 3D titling and special FX. To stay current with industry needs, editors are required to understand Adobe Illustrator for creating and inserting logos and Photoshop for processing and enhancing images added to the timeline. This course will apply the Adobe CS6 suite to the postproduction workflow.

Principles of Photography 1 (POP 1)

The purpose of this course is to develop a basic understanding of photography principles. Knowledge learned from POP will become a very sturdy foundation to build upon. Students will become familiar with and understand: Functions of a camera, differences and similarities between film and digital, controlling exposure, composition/angle/framing, focal length, depth of field/focus, and basic colour theory.

Principles of Photography 2 (POP 2)

The focus of this course is to build upon the skills learned in Principles of Photography 1. Students will learn how to use all the features of their cameras as storytelling tools of the trade. This course is comprised of many increasingly creative and technical assignments, all of which enforce necessary photographic principals. Topics covered include, but are not limited to: grain/noise, quality/resolution/space, using histograms, details of colour control, creating depth, juxtaposition, shooting sequences, and macro photography.

Principles of Video (POV 1)

The basis for this program of study is rooted in the recent development of cross usage (fusion) technology, most notably the DSLR. This new tool which dates back to the introduction by Nikon of the D90 in mid 2008 , represented a game changer for the industry. Photographers were suddenly faced with a toolset that enabled them to gather video from the same camera that they were using to photograph with, however, the story does not end there. The video capable DSLR also opened the doors for filmmakers and videographers to bring unprecedented value and quality to their productions without the need for heavy investment in high end and costly video systems. The DSLR provides a clear advantage over traditional video in that it allows the operator to change high quality glass (lenses) to accommodate shots and angles, and provide the operator with access to quality only high end systems could deliver, visually stunning BOKEH brought about by the ability to control depth of field. When these two attributes are added to the HD formats and high quality CCd and CMOS sensors inherent to the DSLR format, history was made.

Canon announced the 5D mark II just a month after the D90 was announced; building on the full frame features at a reasonable cost point from its predecessor the 5D. The video capable 5DMarkII, with its full frame 35mm CMOS sensor soon became the industry leader in video capable DSLR’s and was soon adopted by the professional film community, finding its way onto feature film sets, documentaries and television commercials. Canon remains the industry leader and has continued to upgrade and deliver on its brand promise with the introduction of the much-anticipated 5Dmark3 in 2012.

Essentially, the modern DSLR is a still photography camera with a very powerful video engine under the hood. The ability to drive the video component to its fullest possible potential is based on a thorough understanding of the technology and the mastery of the tricky footprint it is offered within.

This course will de-mystify the video capabilities of modern DSLR’s; Students will learn how to manipulate these tools to their fullest potential, including the ability to enhance image through the addition of support rigs, filtration and increase dynamic range using a variety of in camera techniques. This course will empower students to understand and manipulate video capable DSLR’S from all perspectives, including theory and practical application.

Principles of Video 2 (POV 2)

The focus of this course is to build upon the skills learned in Principles of Video 1110. Students will be lead through a series of assignments and exercises that are designed to broaden their scope of understanding and skillset with a video capable DSLR. This second-level technically oriented course will investigate the detail-oriented application of video capture for high quality output. Special emphasis will be applied to focus, shutter angle and timing to enhance mood Saturation and coloring, color grading and finishing techniques, camera movement, dynamic range, focal length choice, shot choice and selection, shot blocking and asset management will also be investigated in detail.

Principles of Video 3 (POV 3)

In this applied mentorship–based course students will plan, execute and deliver a biopic narrative of their choice.  This short form documentary for the web will challenge students’ understanding and knowledge of using DSLR’s for gathering high quality video and audio. Students will be required to pitch possible candidate subjects for the production and also create a treatment. Emphasis will be placed on camera movement, shot selection, pacing, structure and continuity of look between shots and locations. Reinforcement of core competencies through the proper application of white balance, focus range, depth of field and dynamic range to enhance narrative pacing and mood will be ongoing and included in the grading rubric.

Professional Development Program

PD is a specially developed course to help our students navigate college and prepare them for today’s highly competitive job market.  It recognizes that employers today are looking for employees who not only have the technical skills but also an understanding of themselves and the ability to interact successfully with others. With CAT programs being accelerated we want to ensure each individual is prepared to enter the job market and to thrive in their place of employment. PD is meant to be practical to each student and what is learned can be directly applied to the real world. PD helps students to foster positive, healthy relationships – both personal and professional.  PD encourages students to make connections – in their school, and in their industry.  PD gives students the most up-to-date skills to find and secure a job and gives them the knowledge and tools to advance in their career.

 

Professional Development 1 (PD 1) – Success in College

Students will learn about: the college, time management, their personality type and personal strengths, goal setting techniques, values clarification, managing stress and job hunting tips.

Professional Development 2 (PD 2) – Success in Teams

Students will learn about: overcoming conflict, handling stress, assertive communication, group dynamics, negotiation and collaboration.

Professional Development 3 (PD 3) – Success in Networking

Students will learn about: information Interviews, social media such as LinkedIn, email and internet etiquette, mentorships, networking events, and fostering professional relationships.

Professional Development 4 (PD 4) – Success in Career

Students will learn about: cover letter and resume writing, interviewing skills, and advanced presentation skills (culminating in an extended presentation to industry panelists).

 

Screenwriting (SW)

Screenwriting explores the process of professional screenwriting for film and television. A variety of methodologies (e.g. lectures, screenings, discussions, guest speakers, readings, assignments, and workshops) are used to help students develop their own short story ideas and scripts. Various topics and genres are explored according to the needs and desires of the class and their projects. The process continues through in-depth workshops in which the instructor and the guest speakers help students develop their scripts into a final, workable format for their film projects. During this course students will read and write scripts, learn why great scripts aren’t written – they’re re-written, and produce scripts of their own.

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