Television Production and Digital Moviemaking

  • Our Pathway

    In this course, junior and senior high students are expected to examine, apply and master the technical aspects that go into making movies and television shows. 

    Our Curriculum

    S1: Film & Television Basics

    Q1: Basic Media Production Principles and Techniques

    Q2: Practical Application Project

    S2: Film & Television Mastery

    Q3: Advanced Media Production Principles and Techniques

    Q4: Demonstrated Mastery Project

    Television Production and Digital Moviemaking is a one-year general studies elective course, covering Year One and Year Two competencies from Virginia’s Career & Technical Education requirements. Primarily performance-based, this highly creative, hands-on, technical and rigorous program is designed to help students get acclimated with the operation of media production equipment and software, the production process and planning, and the business of media production. Students master over 200 competencies, while performing the technical requirements associated with producing various types of script-to-screen film and television programming, and performing essential skills for work in the competitive motion picture industry.

    Our Students

    Upon successful completion of the Television Production and Digital Moviemaking pathway, students are workplace certified in Television Production and prepared for immediate work and/or a post-secondary degree path in a field where employment of media and communication occupations in general is projected to grow four percent between 2014 and 2024 according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, with demand stemming from the need to create, edit, translate and disseminate information through a variety of different platforms. For film and video editors and camera operators, growth is estimated at 11 percent, and growth for producers and directors is expected to be 9 percent, faster than the average for all occupations. Production companies and video freelancers are working with new content delivery methods from mobile devices to online TV, while strong public demand for more movies, television shows and U.S. produced films for foreign audiences continues to drive growth in the motion picture and video industry. This presents a strong outlook and wide-ranging opportunities for students pursuing this exciting career field. Entry-level jobs, as well as paid and unpaid college internships exist in this field for motivated individuals with strong high school/college academic skills and technical expertise.

    Many of our students have been accepted into two- and four-year Film Programs including, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, George Mason's Film and Video Studies, VCUarts Cinema, UVA Media Studies, NOVA Film & Media Studies and more.

    Our Requirements

    Grades 11-12 

    Prerequisite: Competitive application process; Strong communications/language arts/writing skills; Ability to operate, carry/lift production equipment and sets; Some technical acumen.

    This program works well for students with a strong work ethic, who work well under pressure, exhibit a primary interest in the technical requirements associated with planning and producing for television and film, and who plan to attend college and/or intend to begin careers immediately after high school.