About Video Production and Editing

Broadcast Electronic Media Arts Video Production and Editing students learn the skills and craft necessary to tell effective, engaging stories.

You will dive deep into all aspects of video creation, including pre-production planning, production management and execution, and post-production editing and finishing techniques.

Video Production is a highly collaborative and engaging field that utilizes art, design, communication, collaboration, craft, passion and precision. Learn to brainstorm ideas, develop a story, and produce the story from concept to completion. Skills include script development, writing, storyboarding, camera operations and visual storytelling, editing, motion graphics, color grading and basic sound recording and editing. (for a focus on Sound skills see Sound Arts)

Students new to college and media studies should earn the Foundations in Broadcast Electronic Media Certificate alongside the video options. This gives the student a complete base of understanding of the industry.

“If students aren't taught the language of sound and images, shouldn't they be considered as illiterate as if they left college without being able to read or write?” ~George Lucas

Explore Potential Careers

Video arts student

City College is located in the leading Tech Center of the nation. Companies and corporations, large and small, need people with video production and media creation skills. Your services will be needed in many areas besides traditional media outlets: real-estate, law, medicine, government, tech companies and many others.

After completing these certificates you will be qualified for entry-level employment in areas such as:

  • Video Production for television
  • Advertising
  • Public relations
  • Non-profit organizations and social justice
  • Multimedia
  • Education
  • Music
  • Theater
  • Entrepreneurial projects
  • Technology and corporate media departments.
  • Writer
  • Production Manager
  • Video Producer
  • Video Editor
  • Colorist
  • Motion Graphics Artist
  • Camera Operator/Director of Photography
  • Digital Effects Editor
Students film

Program Options 

Click on the degree or certificate you're interested in earning to see a sample map of courses to take to complete your goal from start to finish. 

Please note that the course maps provided are just an example to help you get started. Please meet with a counselor to personalize the plan to you and your Academic goals. 

View Requirements in College Catalog

Choose two of the following Required Core Course:

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
BCST 100 Introduction to Electronic Media 3  
BCST 110 Introduction to Writing for Electronic Media 3  
CINE 21 Introduction to Film Studies 3  

Total Units: 6 

Required Core Course - Audio Production:

BCST 120 Audio Production 4  

Total Units: 4 

Required Core Course - Chose one Video Production course from the list below:

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
BCST 140 Studio Video Production 3  
BCST 141 Field Video Production 3  
CINE 24 Basic Film Production 3  

Total Units: 3 - 4

Area 1 Elective: Choose one of the following courses not used above:

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
BCST 115 Announcing and Performance 3  
BCST 141 Field Video Production 3  
BCST 140 Studio Video Production 3  
BCST 143A Avid Video Editing - Beginning 4  
BCST 144A Video Editing Premiere Intro 4  
BCST 146A Video Motion Graphics 4  
CINE 24 Basic Film Production 4  
CINE 25 Narrative Filmmaking 3  
CINE 54 Cinematography & Lighting 3  
CINE 56 Introduction to Digital Film Editing 4  
CINE 126 Documentary Filmmaking 3  
CINE 136 Special Effects 3  

Total Units: 3 - 4

Area 2 Elective: Choose one of the following Media History courses:

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
BCST 101 Media Literacy 3  
BCST 103 Mass Media and Society 3  
CINE 18 American Cinema 3  
CINE 20A Film History: Evolution of Film Expression 3  
CINE 20B Film History: Contemporary Film Expression 3  

Total Units: 3

Overall Total Units: 19 - 21

View Requirements in College Catalog

Core courses:

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
BCST 115 Announcing and Performance 3  
BCST 140 Studio Video Production 3  
BCST 141 Field Video Production 3  

Total Units: 9 

Choose one of the following video editing courses:

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
BCST 143A Avid Video Editing - Beginning 4  
BCST 144A Video Editing Premiere Intro 4  

Total Units: 4 

Choose one of the following television production courses:

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
BCST 148 HDTV Studio Production 4  
BCST 149 HDTV Field Production 4  

Total Units: 4

Choose two units from the following internship options:

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
BCST 160 College Internship 2  
BCST 165 Industry Internship 2  

Total Units: 2

Overall Total Units: 18

View Requirements in College Catalog

Required Courses: Courses may be taken in any order.

Prerequisites may apply.

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
BCST 124A  Pro Tools Editing Essentials 2  
BCST 147 Advanced Video Editing 4  

Total Units: 6

Choose two of the following video editing courses:

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
BCST 143A Avid Video Editing - Beginning 4  
BCST 143B Avid Video Editing - Intermediate 4  
BCST 144A  Video Editing Premiere Intro 4  
BCST 144B Video Editing Premiere Intermediate 4  

Total Units: 8

Choose one of the following advanced courses:

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
BCST 146A Video Motion Graphics 4  
BCST 149 HDTV Field Production 4  

Total Units: 4

Choose 2 units from the following internship courses:

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
BCST 160 College Internship 2  
BCST 165 Industry Internship 2  

Total Units: 2

Overall Total Units: 18

View Requirements in College Catalog

Required courses:

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
BCST 146A Video Motion Graphics 4  
BCST 147  Advanced Video Editing 4  

Total Units: 8 

Choose two of the following video editing courses:

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
BCST 143A Avid Video Editing - Beginning 4  
BCST 143B Avid Video Editing - Intermediate 4  
BCST 144A Video Editing Premiere Intro 4  
BCST 144B Video Editing Premiere Intermediate 4  
BCST 146B Video Motion Graphics - Intermediate 4  

Total Units: 8

Choose one of the following advanced video production courses:

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
BCST 148 HDTV Studio Production 4  
BCST 149 HDTV Field Production 4  

Total Units: 4

Choose two units from the following internship courses:

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
BCST 160 College Internship 1 - 2  
BCST 165 Industry Internship 1 - 2  

Total Units: 1 - 2

 

Recommended Additional Coursework:

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
VMD 120 Graphic Design I 3  
VMD 130 Typography I 1 - 2  

Total Units: 0

Overall Total Units: 22

View Requirements in College Catalog

Required courses:

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
BCST 110 Introduction to Writing for Electronic Media 3  
BCST 119  Digital Media Skills 3  
BCST 120 Audio Production 3  
BCST 159 Digital Media Portfolio 1  

Total Units: 11 

Choose one of the following media studies options:

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
BCST 100 Introduction to Electronic Media 3  
BCST 103 Mass Media and Society 3  

Total Units: 3

Choose one of the following video production courses:

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
BCST 140 Studio Video Production 3  
BCST 141 Field Video Production 3  

Total Units: 3

Overall Total Units: 17

Transfer Options

The program coursework you complete at City College will satisfy lower-division requirements for related majors at several colleges and universities. Start planning your transfer by exploring Video Arts programs at the following institutions: 

Have questions about transfer? Visit the Transfer Center for help, transfer information, and/or to speak with college representatives.