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Course Syllabus

Introduction to TV Production


Course Description:

Television Production is a project based course where students are divided into production teams.  Students are introduced to the basics of video production.

Student Learning Goals: 

1) Composition (how to frame shots), 2) 5 basic shots, 3) Camera Operation, 4) Basic Scriptwriting 5) Basic Editing.    Each team completes 3 creative projects.

Objectives for Each Goal

1) Composition:

Students learn the rules governing composition including perception.

2) 5 Basic Shots:

Students learn the 5 basic shots that are used throughout the film and television industries.

3) Camera Operation:

Students learn basic camera operating techniques and new terminology.

4) Basic Scriptwriting:

Students will be able combine the rules governing composition with knowledge of the 5 basic shots into a script for video sequences.

5) Basic Editing: 

Students understand how basic video editing software operates.



 Reading Components (at GLE 8-10)

1.2     Use vocabulary (word meaning) strategies to comprehend text.

1.2.2 Apply strategies to comprehend words and ideas.

1.3     Build vocabulary through visual identification of basic shots and rules of composition.

Writing Components

2.2.    Write for different purposes, such as telling stories, presenting analytical responses to literature, persuading, conveying technical information, completing a team project, and explaining concepts and procedures.

Science Components

3.2   Know that science and technology are human endeavors, interrelated to each other, to society, and to the workplace.

Communications Component

3.1.  Use language to interact effectively and responsibly with others.

3.2.  Work cooperatively as a member of a group.

3.3.       Seek agreement and solutions through discussion.

Arts Components

2.1        Apply a creative process in the arts:

  • Conceptualize the context or purpose.
  • Gather information from diverse sources.
  • Develop ideas and techniques.
  • Organize arts elements, forms, and/or principles into a creative work.
  • Reflect for the purpose of elaboration and self-evaluation.
  • Refine work based on feedback.
  • Present work to others.

3.1   Use the arts to express and present ideas and feelings.

3.2   Use the arts to communicate for a specific purpose.

Instructional Strategies:  Using a three tiered building block approach, students learn :  5 basic shots and camera operation;  editing techniques and camera movements;   4 basic transitions.

Assessment Strategies:  Formative Assessments and Summative Assessments will be used to measure student progress throughout the semester.  The teacher will meet with each student production team to assess their progress in meeting project parameters and deadlines.

The first two projects lead up to the final project which brings together the student’s creative talents with audio and video.  All 3 projects require students to think creatively, write scripts, follow their written scripts and complete projects within prescribed deadlines.  Students learn how to operate television studio production equipment, e.g. studio cameras, computerized television production switcher, audio board and how to use camcorders and digital editing systems.  TV Production gives students the opportunity to learn dual editing platforms, pcs and macs.  Students learn leadership skills and how to function effectively as part of a team. Students rotate through production positions, e.g. camera operator, audio technician, producer, director and on-air talent. All students work in groups.   

II.                Course Sequence


  1. TV 1 –   TV Production
  2. TV 2 -  Advanced TV Production

 III.               Required Materials: paper, pencil.



IV.                  Grading Scale


90%-100 % =   A               

80%-90%    =   B             

70%-80%    =   C          

60%-70%    =   D          

0% - 59%    =  E


V.                Grading Categories


70% = Class Projects

20% =  Unit Tests

10% =  Participation


VI.               Class Expectations


Students will respect all computers and equipment.  Students must respect all school and classroom rules.  Late work will be accepted for 50% of grade value.


VII.              Culminating Project


All TV Production Projects may be used for student’s culminating projects.


VIII.       Contact Information


Parents/guardians are encouraged to contact me after school from 2:10 pm – 2:40 pm at 253 571-3605 or by email   


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