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Syllabus & Curriculum

TV1 Syllabus & Curriculum 

Considered the introductory class, Television Broadcasting Technology I is an introduction to communication theories and tools. It emphasizes both resources and experiences in video production. It covers pre-production planning, camera use, lighting, and sound recording techniques, as well as electronic editing and computerized character generation.


Television Broadcasting I is broken down into seven units that are covered through lessons and numerous projects and activities.


Projects and Content

The Video Camera
Students jump right into the video camera by learning how it works. Students then learn how to correctly frame shots and about the various types of camera movements.

Video Scavenger Hunt
After learning how to safely operate a video camera and control basic settings, students are assessed by completing a Video Hunt where they are required to film an array of shots in small groups.

Bench Story
“A student is sitting on a bench when another student approaches…” This is the brief premise that students build on in their first major camera project. Students create a short video containing one of each camera shot that tells a small tale without the use of sound. The projects are then edited in iMovie independently. The goal of this project is to show understanding of white balance, exposure, and framing using different camera shots.

“How To” Video
Students are taught the basics of professional editing, including combining video and audio, graphics and transitions. Their first major editing project comes in the form of a 2-3 minute instructional video. Students work in pairs to effectively show how to perform a simple task. The project combines their new editing skills with prior skills learned in pre-production planning and camera use.

Photo Montage
As students learn more about keyframing and motion attributes in Final Cut Pro, they produce a photo montage of their family or other interest.

Public Service Announcement (PSA)
Once students understand the basics of editing, they learn some advanced techniques involving keyframes and motion elements. To help practice these new skills, students create an educational service announcement with a goal to convey, demonstrate or inform a mass teen audience about a particular topic. The goal is to demonstrate the power that television and video have on swaying public opinion and delivering messages.
Students learn the importance of media organization and the usefulness of keywording in Final Cut Pro.  They then enhance their editing skills by taking video from a full-length movie and matching it to the audio of a different movie trailer to create a movie trailer of a fictional new film. 

Live Production (TV Show Pilot)

Students learn the basics of studio production and individual production roles. Students then break into groups to develop a brand new studio series from scratch. They will create a theme, title, format and more as they prepare to record a “pilot” episode in the hope of being picked up by a TV network.

Chroma Key Project

Students plan a short scene involving a blue or green screen (chroma key). After preproduction has been completed, the class gathers together to watch each student’s scene be filmed. Students then take their footage and edit together their final scene.

TV Commercial
The final project of the course consists TV commercial for an existing product or service. Students will combine video with graphics, music and sound effects and use effective advertising techniques to create a 30 second ad.

Students have one week to storyboard and shoot a 25 shot, 1 minute movie about an inanimate object – no dialogue is allowed. 

A person is about to open a door. The person hears a sound and becomes mildly concerned. The person finds the door locked and searches for his or her keys. The person hears the sound again and becomes visibly apprehensive.  

Equipment and Software

  • Canon Vixia Camcorders
  • Snowball USB and Shure Microphones
  • Manfrotto Tripods
  • Video Editing -
    • Final Cut Pro X
  • Graphics -
    • Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Audio Editing -
    • Adobe Audition CC