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  Oct 20, 2017
2017-2018 Course Catalog

Video Production, Diploma

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The Video Production Diploma could prepare students for entry-level positions in the Video Production industry. Students learn individual job skills that aid in the process used in completing a final production project. Production team members usually perform these skills in relationship to the project guidelines and schedules. This vast skill set includes, but is not limited to video camera, still camera, storyboarding, scriptwriting, use of editing, special effects, audio, and other related software.

This diploma is for individuals who want to develop a base skill set in Video Production. This skill set can be added to the Visual Communications Diploma  or the Graphic Design Degree  to give graduates more options in the job market. Others may want this diploma to use as a base when transferring to another college that specializes in Video Production. Professionals may desire these classes to build skills needed for current or new job opportunities.

For more information about the Video Production Diploma, please visit our website at

Program Details

Location: Ankeny

Students start Fall semester.

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement.
  3. Obtain a minimum Accuplacer Reading score of 45 or minimum ACT Reading score of 14.
  4. Obtain a minimum Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 68 or minimum ACT writing score of 14.
  5. Obtain a minimum ALEKS placement score of 9 or minimum ACT Math score of 14.
  6. Attend any required information/registration session.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a Video Production Diploma, a student must complete all required coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Semester 1

Option 1 - Select 1 Course

Total Credits Required to Complete the Diploma - 37

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$151.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

Costs Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Books (approx) 150-200 200-300 200-300
Supplies 30 30 30
External Hard Drive 100-200    
PC Computer 1500-2000    
Recommended, but optional      
      Design Software 20-30 20-30 20-30
      Porfolio/Media     100

Note: Financial aid may be used to purchase a computer. Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) online at

Approximate total for the program: $7,827 - $8,867**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate costs.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Video editing for production in studios
  • Planning, budgeting and producing video editing projects
  • Editing and finishing video projects
  • Use video to communicate messages and ideas to others
  • Create special effects for live action film and television.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be ready and willing to collaborate and work with others
  • Basic computer skills
  • Attention to detail, analytical, troubleshooting and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to learn new procedures and software technical skills quickly and independently.
  • Teamwork, collaboration and the ability to take direction from supervisors, clients and coworkers to improve your work.
  • Manage your time to meet established deadlines, work on multiple projects, and stay within a project budget.
  • Work long hours on a computer using specialized design software.
  • Desire and discipline to spend whatever time it takes to complete complicated projects.

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

  • Must be creative and willing to express your ideas
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Provide the foundation for  a variety of career options within the animation industry.
  • Constantly evolving industry requires motivation and lifelong learning to stay up-to-date with technology.
  • Must learn and use multiple software applications and stay current with updates, adapt to change and be able to learn on your own.

Nondiscrimination Statement

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:

Agriculture, National & Environmental Services /Architecture, Engineering, and Construction/Arts, Design, and Visual communications/Business, Management, and Marketing/Education, Public, and Human Services/Health Science/Hospitality and Culinary/Information Technology/Manufacturing/Transportation & Logistics

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, hiring practices or the provision of services, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age (in employment), disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status of a person. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA  50023, phone 515/964-6857,  Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA  50023, phone 515/964-6574,  Question or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone 312/730-1560, tax 312/730-1576..

Legal references: Iowa Code §§ 216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S. C. §§ 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S. C. §§ 1681-1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S. C. § 794), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.).(2017)

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