Introduction to Video Production

I.     Course Prefix/Number: GRD 250

       Course Name: Introduction to Video Production

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces “hands-on” techniques used to plan and produce video and related media. Content includes scriptwriting and pre-production design; production in studio environments; recording in “field” situations, and editing with non linear systems.

IV.   Learning Objectives

On successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Write a lively and highly visual video script.
  2. Use a video camera, recorder, audio equipment and lighting instruments to record material in a technically competent manner.
  3. Create multi-camera, “live” studio productions in various formats including interviews, newscasts and entertainment features.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency with a non-linear editing system.
  5. Produce professional-quality video projects in studio as well as “field” environments.
  6. Integrate additional visual and aural elements creatively and appropriately into projects.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

Although the following sequence of instruction may be rearranged, the contents and objectives of the course remain the same.

  1. The Production Process
  2. The Production Team
  3. The Video Camera
  4. TV Lighting
  5. Composition and Blocking
  6. Audio and Sound Control
  7. Video Recording
  8. Studio Production
  9. Video Effects
  10. Video Editing
  11. Pictorial Elements
  12. Interactive Media
  13. Producing
  14. Directing
  15. Working with Talent
  16. Field Production

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture, class discussions, media presentations, field observation and practical exercises.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course may be taught as a face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

Students are expected to complete assigned readings and out-of-class media screenings, attend class meetings, participate in discussions, present the assigned video projects as scheduled, and achieve passing grades on tests and quizzes.  Adherence to announced deadlines is essential for full credit.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

The required textbook may include any of the following:

  1. Osgood, Ronald J. and M. Joseph Hinshaw.  Visual Storytelling: Videography and Post Production in the Digital Age. Waltham, MA.: Focal Press. 2011.
  2. Owen, Jim and Gerald Millerson.  Video Production Handbook.  Fifth Edition. Waltham, MA.: Focal Press. 2011.
  3. Zettl, Herbert. Video Basics including Workbook .  Seventh Edition.  Belmont, CA.: Wadsworth Publishing Co. 2012.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Three unit exams will be given in addition to the evaluation of at least 3 individual student exercises/projects.

XI.   Other Course Information

Please note:
Some of the activities, lectures and assignments in this class may include imagery that is controversial, uncomfortable, shocking, has nudity, and personally unpopular to one's beliefs. If a student objects to this practice, he/she is encouraged to discuss with the instructor early in the semester alternative ways of completing course requirements.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.