Videography Production A.A.S. Degree

Career Description

Nationally and regionally, the industry is in a dramatic growth period with the explosion of internet and mobile delivery options. Organizations are increasingly turning to web-based video conferencing for corporate communications. Video content has become the de facto form of communication in business. According to Minnesota State CAREERwise, the outlook for editors, producers, directors, graphic designers and social media directors is for high growth between now and 2026. Our focused approach to hands-on learning at Central Lakes College ensures graduates are positioned for successful entry into the industry.

Program Information

Video production and business marketing are now one field. CLC Videography is designed to simulate an actual production environment creating content for all media entities. We have a large client base who demand high-quality online social media content. Our students produce authentic videos for actual clients on a regular basis. They learn to distribute visual content in current online platforms for marketing purposes. The curriculum emphasizes lab-based learning in a predominantly online environment. Many courses can be taken entirely online. Others include intensive in-person workshops. Classes have flexible lecture schedules and labs can be performed remotely. Our goal is to make it easy to prepare for entry-level careers in new media.

Program Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • Recognize and apply knowledge in script writing, camera operation, sound recording, editing, and production design for video applications;
  • Utilize contemporary video production equipment and software for videography and social media platforms;
  • Create visually artistic motion graphic designs for all types of programming;
  • Develop an understanding of basic marketing principles adaptable to social media distribution;
  • Create content specific to social media marketing;
  • Analyze and apply appropriate lighting techniques for all types of media;
  • Encode video files for distribution to broadcast, web, and digital recording; and,
  • Apply protocol and safety in video production working environments.

Special Program Requirements

In addition to the program requirements, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0;
  2. College Technical Core GPA Requirement: cumulative GPA of credits attempted and completed towards the technical core of the diploma or degree must be at least 2.0;
  3. Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Advisory Board

Jeremy Doyle – Producer/Sourcewell Chad Koel – Owner, Koel Communications John Murray – National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Nick Weeks – Videographer/photographer, Just For Kix Studios Dan Hegstad – Station Manager, Lakeland Public TV – Brainerd Erik Ravnholdt – Lakeshore Learning Media Director Jane Helmke – Former News Director, KARE 11 TV Rick Jensen – Graphic Design Instructor & teacher at BHS Mitch McAllson – Media specialist, Sourcewell Jeff Kraker – News Editor/journalist at KARE TV Melissa Young – Owner – Hey Man Productions Mitch Anderson – Media specialist, Wired to Fish Ryan Dechaine – Media Director, Wired to Fish Abbi Hehner – Media specialist at Outdoor News Brandon Brown – Editor at Lindner Media Productions Sarah Nelson – Freelance videographer/editor Dan Lindner – Lindner Media Productions Bryan Hammitt – HS Videography teacher @ Bemidji HS Joseph Schulte – HS Videography teacher @ Sartell HS Mark Weimer – HS Videography teacher @ St. Cloud Apollo

Employment Statistics

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Program Course Requirements

Semester One (15 credits) 
BUSN 1166  Business Communications, 3 cr
GDES 1146  Video Graphics, 3 cr
MUSC 2414  Advanced Audio Productions (Goal 6), 3 cr
VPRO 1110  Video Editing Workflow, 3 cr
VPRO 1114  Camera Operations, 3 cr

Semester Two (16 credits) 
BUSN 2116  Social Media Marketing, 3 cr
GDES 2128  After Effects, 3 cr
VPRO 2106  Social Media Productions, 4 cr
VPRO 2114  Online Content, 3 cr
VPRO 2116  Advanced Field Methods, 3 cr

Semester Three (14 credits) 

BUSN 2101  Business Entrepreneurship, 3 cr
MUSC 2413  Introduction to Pro Tools (Goal 6), 3 cr
VPRO 2104  Video Productions, 4 cr
VPRO 2350  Videography Internship, 4 cr

Semester Four (15 credits)
Additional MnTC Transfer Curriculum, 9 cr
Electives, 6 cr


Program Instructors

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