Video Production Minor
Develop real-world video skills
You’ll master filmmaking techniques through experiential learning when you earn the undergraduate minor in Video Production through the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI.
Students use industry-standard equipment, advanced editing software, professional lighting techniques, and digital effects. Utilize field production techniques as you shoot interviews and narrative scenes to create documentaries and short narrative films.
Learn how to plan, shoot, edit, and deliver complex video productions. You’ll apply advanced lighting and photography techniques for a variety of conditions while putting into practice the principles of composition, continuity, cinematic space, and A/B roll editing. Prepare to develop story ideas, translate them into a visual medium, and structure them effectively using creative methods of information presentation and narrative storytelling.
Your minor in Video Production opens the door to a range of careers from the film industry to broadcast journalism.
- Enables students majoring in English and especially English/Creative Writing and English/Film Studies to bring their stories and scripts to cinematic fruition.
- Allows Anthropology majors to document other cultures. Students have the opportunity to study abroad through the RISE course NEWM N415 Documenting Cultural Heritage: Artifacts and Traditions.
- Fits well with Marketing, given the synergy in advertising and commercials.
- Lets students majoring in Drawing and Illustration, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, or Visual Communication Design leverage their extensive knowledge. This includes scene composition, color theory, scale and proportion, balance and organization, visual rhythm, and other principles of design and aesthetics in creating films.
- Complements majors in Computer Science, Computer and Information Technology, or Informatics for special effects, television motion graphics, and interactive media.
The business part of the business
Industry professionals often produce their own independent films or other projects, or hire themselves out as contract employees. For those who are not business majors, we offer this course: INFO I459 Media and Technology Entrepreneurship.
Video Editing Lab (VELa)
Make the leap from concept to completed project and seize the opportunity to see how far you can go with the right post-production technology. Providing 4K UHD support, the School of Informatics and Computing’s video editing lab provides MAS students with the tools to create professional-quality projects using industry-standard video editing software and equipment.
VELa allows you to develop your post-production skills and finish your projects like a pro with DaVinci Resolve, a Tangent Controller, a Flanders Scientific color-grading monitor, and a brilliant 4K LG display for screening your final cut.
Equipment to realize your vision
With our new “Beyond the Frame” class we’ve introduced a third dimension to our visual effects library. Millumin is the cutting-edge software for 3D projection mapping. Students can use it to create audiovisual shows for theater, video mapping and interactive installations.
Our Mac Pro stations, with hi-res cinema display and six processing cores, offer the speed that videographers need. Specialized coloring hardware, including an industry-standard 10-bit color monitor, also is available.
Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve
The latest version of this professional-quality editing software, designed for film and TV post-production, is ideal for high-performance editing and color work.
Tangent Element control panels
Precise control for color correcting work.
Adobe After Effects, Illustrator, Lightroom, and Photoshop software
These are the industry-standard programs for creating mesmerizing special effects, motion and vector graphics, as well as imaging, design, and photo editing.
Plan of Study (15 cr.)
Core (9 cr.)
- NEWM-N 253 Introduction to Digital Video (3 cr.)
- NEWM-N 353 Intermediate Digital Video (3 cr.)
- NEWM-N 356 Lighting and Field Production (3 cr.)
Selectives (6 cr.)
- NEWM-N 255 Introduction to Digital Sound (3 cr.)
- NEWM-N 354 Directorial Analysis, Production, and RAW Workflow (3 cr.)
- NEWM-N 355 Intermediate Digital Sound Design (3 cr.)
- NEWM-N 357 Digital Effects (3 cr.)
- NEWM-N 415 Documenting Cultural Heritage: Artifacts and Traditions (3 cr.)
- NEWM-N 453 Advanced Digital Video (3 cr.)
- NEWM-N 456 Digital Cinema (3 cr.)
- NEWM-N 468 Video for Social Change (3 cr.)
CGT 34600 Digital Video and Audio (3 cr.), HER-K 300 Photography and Intermedia: Time-based Art (3 cr.), or MUS-A 242 Music Technology Lab IV may be taken instead of NEWM-N 253 Introduction to Digital Video (3 cr.) to satisfy the core requirement.
MUS-Z 320 Advanced Special Topics in Music/Non-Majors: Digital Sound Design (3 cr.) may be substituted for NEWM-N 255.
Students must earn a C or higher in each course to graduate with the Video Production minor.
Admissions and Advising
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of the video signal, camera operation, lighting techniques, audio recording, interview techniques, basic visual composition, and conventions.
- Understand the theory and current practices of planning, shooting, editing and delivering a complex digital video project.
- Develop ideas, planning, scripting, scheduling, and delivery requirements (pre-production).
- Understand various types of production, camera handling, framing, lighting, interview techniques, sound recording, and shooting for coverage (production).
- Use A-rolling story structure, B-rolling coverage, voiceover, editing, and creating graphics with Avid Media Composer (post-production).
- Demonstrate knowledge of exporting final video to specific media formats suitable for uploading to video hosting websites (presentation).
- Evaluate video in terms of effective delivery of information through production and post-production techniques.
- Participate as a member and/or leader of a video production team.
- Plan and execute documentary films, applying methods of effective storytelling.
- Demonstrate proficiency with the principles of photography and techniques involved in the successful depiction of cinematic space.
- Construct an argument and relate information by applying the concepts of visual literacy.
- Develop story ideas, translate them into a visual medium, and structure a story effectively using creative methods of narrative storytelling.
- Apply advanced lighting techniques including 3-point lighting and color temperature.
- Light for a variety of conditions while putting into practice the principles of lighting.
- Compose digital images with still and video cameras, exhibiting an appreciation of the aesthetics of lighting composition.
- Apply green screen/Chroma-key effects and techniques for lighting composition.
- Plan field productions, including budgets and other documents.
- Perform in the role of the director of photography and that of the lighting engineer.
- Set up, transport, and use digital imaging equipment (cameras, video, lights).