DMA 246 Video Fundamentals • 5 Cr.


Introduces the use of video across media through instruction and hands-on experiences. Students study video technologies, basic equipment operation, video composition, basic lighting and audio production, delivery platforms and standards, and visual storytelling while gaining an understanding of the pre-production, production and post-production phases of media development. Previously DMA 108. Either DMA 108 or DMA 246 can be taken for credit, not both. Recommended to complete the core 100 level requirements before taking this course.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Accurately describe the activities and purpose of pre-production, production and post-production phases of media project development
  • Use proper microphone techniques and recording devices to acquire audio for interviews or other purposes.
  • Use storyboards as planning tools
  • Apply concepts of shot composition utilizing the rule of thirds and elements of design
  • Apply basic shooting and editing skills for visual storytelling.
  • Apply appropriate shooting techniques for efficient editing
  • Display an understanding of digital video recording techniques and basic video camera operation
  • Describe the principles of aspect ratio, frame rate and resolution
  • Display familiarity with basic lighting principles
  • Utilize digital video editing software
  • Create simple titles and effects for video¬†