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Digital Video: Foundations of Video Design and Production

Syllabus Details
Digital Video: Foundations of Video Design and Production is a project-based curriculum that develops career and communication skills in digital video production, using Adobe tools. The Digital Video curriculum develops four key skill areas: project management and collaboration; design; research and communication; and professional video production, using Adobe tools.
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Syllabus Timing
Total Hour(s)
137
Syllabus Overview
Syllabus Units
12 hours

Unit 1: Video production basics

To produce quality videos, students need to understand how digital videos are shot and the overall workflow. Students develop video production skills through creating an introductory video project, evaluating effective uses of video shot techniques, and building a video sequence. Students focus on learning about a variety of video shots and using Adobe Premiere Pro to edit a series of clips into a cuts-only, coherent short video. 

Student product: Short video sequence and shot techniques document

Unit Overview

Unit Activities

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12 hours

Unit 2: Action events

Capturing live events helps students focus on shooting techniques and storytelling as they bring the events to life. To introduce students to shooting with a camera, they work in teams to shoot an event. Individually, they edit the action footage and create a short video. Students set up various shots and create a video that evokes the feelings at the event. Students engage in the pre-production, production, and post-production workflow of creating a video.

Student product: Action event video

Unit Overview

Unit Activities

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18 hours

Unit 3: News stories

In the process of creating a basic news story, students learn about specific news editing techniques and the journalistic code of ethics. Students work in teams to select a subject, conduct an interview, and report a story. Students learn to incorporate video elements in news stories, such as interview sound bites, reporter stand-up, b-roll footage, natural sound, supers, and reporter narration. 

Student product: News story video

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Unit Activities

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15 hours

Unit 4: Public service announcements

Public service announcements (PSA) bring public awareness to particular issues. In this project, students plan, shoot, edit, and produce a PSA. They analyze how a particular shot will impact the mood and intention in a video. They learn how to create motion effects for both video and audio. For this project, you might decide to work with school groups or local community organizations so students create a PSA for a particular issue or group. 

Student product: Public service announcements

Unit Overview

Unit Activities

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20 hours

Unit 5: Portfolios

Individuals use portfolios to showcase their work when applying for a job, pitching to clients, or applying for higher education. In this project, students create the elements of a portfolio that features work they have completed and work to be completed, concentrating on a particular career area. As students create their portfolios, they plan, implement, and test their designs; students then reflect on and evaluate their work. 

Student product: Portfolio

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Unit Activities

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24 hours

Unit 6: Commercials

Commercials are short, stylistic, and impactful videos used to sell products, goods, services, and even political campaigns. In this project, students work with a client to create a commercial: identifying the goals, audience, and purpose for the commercial based on their clients wishes. Students, working in teams, undergo a formal review and redesign cycle with their client and produce a final commercial that will be deployed on the web.

Student product: Commercial

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26 hours

Unit 7: Mini-documentaries

In this project, students work in teams to create a mini-documentary: identifying the theme, audience, and goals for a particular topic. Within each team, students manage tasks from a particular filmmaking role perspective. In the process, students learn to create advanced motion and color effects, use audio-editing techniques, and compose a musical score. Finally, each team will present their film in a student film festival. 

Student product: Mini-documentary

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10 hours

Unit 8: Final Portfolios

In this project, students refine the elements of their portfolio and feature new work that have completed since the initial creation of their portfolio. As students refine their portfolios, they plan, implement, and test their re-designs; students continue to reflect on and evaluate their work. 

Student product: Final portfolio

Note: Unit 7 is a follow-up to Unit 5, utilizing the same instructional content.

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All Comments (2)

David Badgley

Looking forward to using this as a guide for developing our film curriculum that makes use of Premiere.

Alan Humbert

Nice scaffolding of concepts and activities. This looks really useful.

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