Video Production

PTI has developed a unique, new Multimedia program to teach the dynamic skills needed for the exciting field of commercial videography.

You will learn hands-on skills in cinematography, audio production, motion graphics and advanced skills in editing and visual effects.

Key Benefits

  • You will learn in PTI's state of the industry 2,400 square foot Multimedia Studio featuring 2 sound studios, 4 sound-proofed recording booths, and control room. These facilities promote hands on creativity and is a student hub for experimentation and innovation.
  • You will be taught state-of-the-industry software including Premiere, After Effects, Audition, Speed Grade, Illustrator, and Photoshop.
  • Video Production students experience hands-on production that takes you out of the classroom to benefit from real-world challenges with an emphasis on large-scale productions.
  • You will recieve hands-on training with professional grade cameras, lighting equipment, jib arms, dollies, DSLR follow focus units and other modern equipment.

Student Work Multimedia Video Production


More about this program

Key Skills
Tuition, Loan Debt & Graduate Information
  • Key Skills

    In the PTI Video Production Program you will learn key skills such as:

    • Lighting and studio recording
    • Audio and video production
    • Assembling video, animations, music and sound into finished presentations
    • Motion Graphics
    • Audio Mixing
    • Studio and field camera operation
    • Cinematography
    • Streaming and podcasting
    • Video Editing
    • Visual Effects
  • Courses

    This course introduces the foundation of drawing through the five elements of art (line, space, value, form, and texture). A series of activities will focus on visual demonstrations of gesture drawing, form, perspective, and developing concepts through visual representations of imagery and typography.
    Color Theory and Techniques
    This course introduces the basic principles of harmony and contrast. Fundamental theories pertaining to color perception and design are introduced and practiced. The student’s skills with color design and communication are developed and refined through project creation and critique. Areas of focus in this course include color theories, models, digital production, traditional techniques and print.
    This course focuses on the fundamentals of typography and introduces the students to aspects of type for display and text design. Students become familiar with the categories of type and a variety of font families. They also become proficient at choosing fonts to match a specific message.
    Computer Illustration
    In this course students use the computer as a drawing tool. Students will become aware of the industry markets of cartooning, technical illustration, and typography and how these can work in different designs and page layouts. A 70% grade must be attained at this level to continue into Graphic Design related courses.
    Digital Imaging
    This course utilizes techniques associated with designing computer graphics and page make-up for desktop publishing. Emphasis is on the exploration of illustration, photo retouching and manipulation, working toward finished results primarily for print and Web. A 70% grade must be attained at this level if continuing into GDA139.
    This course provides an introduction to the concepts, techniques, procedures, and application of photography. Students will use cameras in studio and field conditions to capture images to meet the requirements of assignments designed to develop specific skills and competencies. Emphasis is placed on basic compositional rules, common features of a DSLR camera with appropriate lenses, lighting, and exposure.
    This course provides a thorough survey of business practices from a creative professional perspective. Topics include contracts, invoicing, copyrights, freelancing, client relations, operations, management, proposals, and accounting.
    Introduction to Media Technologies
    This course is designed to provide the student with an overview and exposure to basic multimedia concepts and software. Students examine introductory theories and concepts of both web and video projects. Preproduction of multimedia elements is stressed.
    Audio/Video Editing
    Students learn the theory and processes of audio/video editing using non-linear editing software on the desktop. Exercises in production and post-production techniques are applied for various delivery media. Students produce and edit a series of short videos for video, disk, and Internet applications. A 70% grade must be attained at this level if continuing into MMA222.
    3-Dimensional Modeling and Animation 1
    This course introduces students to the fundamentals of 3-dimensional computer modeling and how it applies to a multimedia project. Using basic modeling techniques and utilizing texture, lighting, and environmental effects, students model and render 3-dimensional forms to create surreal and realistic images. A 70% grade must be attained at this level if continuing into MMA200.
    Media Design
    This course focuses on the fundamentals of the visual design elements of line, shape, and color, with the emphasis on creative thinking, time, audio and problem solving using various electronic techniques and methods.
    3-Dimensional Modeling and Animation 2
    Once students have learned the basics of 3-D modeling and rendering, they explore the fundamentals of animation and the more advanced methods of modeling and texturing. Students create photo-realistic products and environments utilizing complex technical techniques and thorough creative design. Emphasis is placed on detailed modeling and texture mapping complementing elementary 3-D animation and story development. Prerequisite: MMA104.
    This course is designed to teach students how to plan and successfully execute video productions under both field and studio conditions. Proper pre-production will be emphasized along with safety and basic legal issues related to modern videography. Students will receive instruction on advanced lighting techniques for indoor, outdoor, and studio situations. Students will learn and use proper framing and image composition. The acquisition of high quality audio will be stressed throughout the course. The vital relationship between videography and post-production will be explored at all times in the course. Students sharpen their skills through the creation of high quality, in-depth video projects in a variety of genres. A 70% grade must be attained at this level if continuing into MMA222.
    Audio Production
    This course is designed to introduce the principles and practices of indoor, outdoor and studio audio recording to the student. Topics range from the nature and physics of sound to producing sounds for various media, including broadcast and interactive media. Throughout the course students will gain hands-on experience in field recording both indoor and outdoor, studio recording, mixing and post processing for industry standards and file formats. Students will learn to creatively record and edit audio utilizing industry equipment and techniques such as: microphones and their placement, cameras, mixing consoles and nonlinear editing software. Upon completion, the student will have the skills needed to create quality audio for use in other multimedia applications.
    Motion Graphics 1
    Students will explore and create assignments utilizing basic animation principles. They will learn how to pre-visualize and produce animated sequences through a series of exercises. Industry-standard animation software is utilized for the creation of animations in the class with a focus on 2D and 3D animations. A 70% grade must be attained at this level if continuing into MMA211 and MMA214.
    Motion Graphics 2
    In this class, students create graphics commonly used for news stations, station identifications, commercials, and industrial films, title sequences for film and television, and DVDs. They produce motion graphics through exercises in 3-D animation, compositing, chroma keying, and video special effects. Tools for creating motion graphics and visual effects for film, video, multimedia and web delivery are utilized.
    Advanced Visual Effects
    This course focuses on the techniques and tools used to combine graphics created in 2-D and 3-D applications with audio, video and/or animated footage. The student will develop 3D models and special effects to use in a composite within a non-linear video editing and/or compositing application. Advanced 3-D layer techniques will be discussed and applied to create industry quality motion graphics. Scripting and expressions will be utilized in the creation of custom animations. The use of particle effects in both video and 3-D applications will enable the students to simulate and create dynamic fluid and atmospheric effects. Students will also perform simple motion tracking tasks to synchronize visual effects or other images with moving footage. Prerequisite: MMA200.
    3D Media Animation
    3-D Media Animation will explore animation and rendering techniques used in the broadcast industry. Students will build creative title sequences, animated logos and product visualizations while exploring advanced 3-D techniques. Students will also gain insight and a working knowledge of storytelling through the planning process as ideas are taken from concept to completion. Prerequisite: MMA200.
    Video/3D Senior Project
    In this advanced level course students will work on team projects as they relate to the Video/3D industries, following best practices in project management, workflow and communication. Students will focus on prototyping, problem solving, experimentation, and execution of project deliverables in a team environment. A 70% grade must be attained for completion of this final class.
    Advanced Editing
    Students will expand their knowledge of the editing process by creating projects utilizing advanced editing tools and techniques. Students will develop standard and high-definition projects utilizing non-standard frame rates, scan types, and advanced audio mixing with surround sound. The management of large-scale projects will be stressed along with project recovery techniques. Advanced exporting and distribution methods for broadcast, interactive, and web-based video will be covered including the authoring of DVDs with submenus, motion backgrounds, and interactivity. Prerequisite: MMA103.
    Video/3D Portfolio Development
    In this course, students create an industry-quality portfolio consisting of enhanced and updated projects from previous classes as well as newly created projects. Students create a final portfolio using a consistent theme related to their personal identity. A 70% grade must be attained for completion of this final class.
    Steps to Career Success 1
    The purpose of this course is to acclimate students to the available resources to maintain their focus on achieving career goals. The course is scheduled for all students in the 1st quarter, one hour per week.
    Steps to Career Success 2
    The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of the nuances of industry. Topics will include industry related organizations, social networking, employer expectations and other professional skills. The course offering will vary by quarter depending on the program offered, one hour per week.
    Career Development
    The focus of this course is on preparing students for the upcoming job search process. They will produce a series of critical job search documents, including a resume, reference page, cover letter and thank you letter. These documents are applied to job search activities that give students the opportunity to hone their interview skills, research potential employers, complete an online job application, and experience a mock interview scenario.
    The Internship is a cooperative effort between the Institute and the professional community. It is designed to provide the students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned in their major in a related working environment. This internship requires 240 hours work experience.
    English Composition 1
    This writing course focuses on the writing of descriptive narrative, cause and effect, and process essays from the initial stage of prewriting to final revisions and editing. Topics included are purpose, audience, development, focus and organization, as well as word usage and sentence structure. Elements of grammar, spelling, and punctuation are reviewed. Assigned readings are part of class discussion and writing assignments. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam; otherwise, students must have concurrent success with GEE099 and GEE100 before proceeding on to GEE150.
    English Composition 2
    This writing course is a continuation of the fundamentals introduced in GEE100 English Composition 1. Library and electronic research techniques and guidelines are thoroughly covered. Advanced persuasive writing and research-based persuasion are emphasized using citations and works cited according to MLA guidelines. Analytical and critical thinking skills are developed through students’ evaluation of their own writing and assigned readings. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam or GEE100.
    Effective Speech
    This course focuses on the various dimensions of effective speaking with emphasis on audience analysis, reasoning, organization, evidence, and delivery. Throughout the course, the student is acquainted with the various types of speeches and their effectiveness through critical and analytical reading, individualized and group exercises and projects, and class discussions. Students deliver a variety of speeches, including informative and persuasive speeches.
    Art History
    This general studies course focuses on the history of art and design. Lessons and projects provide students with approaches to creative thinking, understanding visual communication, and discovering meaning through discussion and research. Lectures and other activities are designed to enhance the student’s understanding of the relationship between historical developments and artistic production.
    Personal Finance
    This course blends financial theory with financial applications while providing an understanding of the U.S. financial structure. Emphasis is placed on budgeting, personal income and expenditures, present and future value calculations, personal financial statements, and finance and credit alternatives.
    This course introduces the student to basic psychological principles. Topics include neuroscience and behavior, states of consciousness, learning, development, personality, health psychology, psychological disorders, and social psychology.
    Critical Thinking
    In today’s information age, critical thinking skills are vital for success. This course utilizes case studies to teach reasoning, analysis, and evaluation skills in everyday situations. Students learn the importance and benefits of critical and creative thinking, work through steps to understand, analyze, and evaluate specifics of argument and persuasion, and practice solving problems using critical thinking skills.
    Human Relations in Organizations**
    This general studies course focuses on effective human relations in organizations. Specific areas of study include work relationships, ethical choices, team building, conflict management strategies, diversity in the workplace, and work-related stress.
    **This course can be replaced by another approved General Education course.
  • Employment

    PTI Video Production graduates are prepared for entry-level positions at:

    • Mid-sized corporations
    • Advertising agencies
    • Broadcast media
    • Design/development studios
    • E-learning companies
    • Freelance
    • Interactive agencies
    • Motion picture companies
    • Post-production companies
  • Careers

    PTI offers a comprehensive Career Services Department with a dedicated staff who will assist you in your career search. Companies that have previously hired PTI graduates include:

    • Accuweather
    • Blackwater video
    • Carnegie Mellon University Entertainment Technology Center
    • Cornerstone Television
    • Disney Worldwide Services KDKA-TV
    • Ferencik Films
    • MARC USA
    • MediaQuest
    • Military Family Network
    • Pittsburgh Steelers
    • Vendetti Studios
    • Veritas Legal Services
    • Westinghouse
    • WG Tomko, Inc.
    • Some employers may require a background check and drug screening prior to employment.
    • Applicants for the Multimedia Technologies program must meet specific entrance requirements.
  • Tuition, Loan Debt & Graduate Information

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    United States Department of Education Gainful Employment Data

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