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. Prerequisite: DMA 102 at BC with a C- or better, or permission of instructor. 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¬†