Program of Studies 2023-2024 » Video Production

Video Production

GRAPHIC ARTS  is a competency-based Career & Technical Education program offered at Milford High School & Applied Technology Center. To earn completer status in this program, students must pass Video Production I, II & III with a grade of “C” or better.  Students are eligible to earn Industry Recognized Credentials or Certification by passing Third-Party exams administered to program completers. 




Introductory Course for this Pathway
Introduction to Multimedia               1880
1 Credit              Grade 9
Are you a fan of digital drawing? Ever wonder how you can make amazing social media videos right from your cell phone? Want to learn more about Cell Phone Photography and Videography? An Introduction to Multimedia is the very first stepping stone towards either the Graphic Arts or Video Production CTE programs. This entry level class will introduce you to the concepts of working with digital media, introduce concepts of both Photography and Videography via cell phones or cameras in everyday life (Chromebook), and career exploration within the fields of Graphic Design and Video Production.
Prerequisite: None




Video Production I (Std.)                    1846    
1 Credit               Grades  10-12
Students in this class will develop basic skills and competencies relating to filmmaking and live broadcast productions. These include areas such as camera operation, composition, audio recording, lighting, non-linear editing, camera movement and mounts, copyright law, and more. Also explored, will be social media and internet-based video topics. Students will use a variety of professional production equipment and will advance their technology skills using high-end personal computers (PC’s) in the classroom. Students should also anticipate using their smartphones in class for taking photos and recording audio and video clips. Introduced - and reinforced – will be the concept of “Professional Skills”.
Contracts for Honors level credit are available and will require students to pursue an independent research project.
Video Production II (Std.)                    1847     
1 Credit               Grades 10-12
Students wishing to explore further into the world of Video Production will continue by diving deeper into more advanced levels of those skills studied in Video Production I - with greater emphasis placed on areas of the workflow and production that most closely adhere to industry workplace requirements. Pre-production work will expand to include things such as scripts and storyboards, and additional production elements such as color-grading, audio mixing, Foley sound effects, special visual effects, and remote/field broadcasting. Other professional production and post-production software programs will be introduced, and testing for an Adobe Premiere Pro Certification may be offered. Also introduced will be more advanced, live-broadcast production elements. Students will be expected to perform well individually and in teams, and meet stricter deadlines for their project work. Developing strong and consistent “Professional Skills” will be a priority, along with an expanded exploration of industry-based jobs and other employment topics.   
Contracts for Honors level credit are available and will require students to pursue an independent research project.
Prerequisite: Completion of Video Production I with a grade of “C” or better.  
College Credits: 3 Running Start College Credits are available through Manchester Community College to 10th-12th graders.
Articulation Agreement - successful completion of Video I & II results in college credits at Keene State College (may only be used at KSC). 
Video Production III (Std.)                         1848    
1 Credit               Grades 10-12
This final – and most advanced – Video Production course will be heavily project-based and output focused, where students shall demonstrate a significant commitment to expanding and applying their skills in the crafts of filmmaking and live broadcast to create high-quality material. In addition to those skills learned in Video Production I and II, students will receive expanded training in areas such as blocking and staging, lighting-design, cinematography, ADR (Automated Dialog Replacement), voiceover and podcasts, audio editing, film-analysis, screenplay writing, proxy editing, location scouting, the use of gimbals, etc. New to the class is a unit on drone flying, which includes testing for an FAA Recreational Certification. Students will have access to the full Adobe Creative Cloud software suite and must demonstrate a solid commitment to advancing all PC skills related to production and workflow. By taking this class, the expectation is that students have a strong desire to seek out future work/career/post-secondary education in a production related field. As schedules allow, students in this class will have the opportunity to volunteer as camera operators and record school events, sports, or other related school – or outside – activities; producing quality work that may be shown on Milford Public Access TV (GTM), or other media outlets. By the end of the semester, students will have produced highlights of their work – compiled in a “reel”/video portfolio - for distribution and/or display.
Contracts for Honors level credit are available and will require students to pursue an independent research project.
Prerequisite: Completion of Video Production II with a  grade of “B” or better.
Equipment: It is strongly recommended that each student have their own video camera or DSLR if possible. 
**23-24 Will be the last year this course will be offered.  The Video Production pathway will be modified in 24-25.
CTE Work Based Learning
1/2 Credit*              Grades: 11 - 12 
Work-Based Learning (WBL) is to give students enrolled in a CTE program the opportunity to explore careers & develop skills via workplace learning experiences outside the classroom setting. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the world of work, develop skills & attitudes and practice workplace competencies & technical skills needed to be successful in their chosen career path (related to their CTE program). Work Based Learning is a work-based situation which allows a student an opportunity for a real work experience in conjunction with a classroom teacher, a work-site mentor, and a Work Based Learning (WBL) Coordinator. This team will coordinate academic and occupational skills that a student will learn and apply on the job. Classwork is meant to supplement and complement the experience, therefore it is expected that students will attend class when scheduled and complete all work as assigned. Credits will be awarded based on satisfactory evaluations from their site supervisor, participation in seminars, completion of related assignments & the number of verified WBL hours. The student is expected to meet with the Career Development Specialist regularly during TASC.
Requirements: Students are required to meet all pre-employment & employment expectations (including all policies, rules, & regulations). This may include, but is not limited to, aptitude screenings, physicals, background checks, drug screenings, dress code, cell phone policy etc. WBL activities may take place during the school day or outside of school hours, paid and non paid. 
Prerequisites: Successful completion of 1 year (2 credits) in a CTE program, 2.3 GPA or higher and passed all classes in the semester prior to the WBL experience; excellent attendance and discipline record; the ability to work independently; reliable transportation; and parent/guardian support and approval.

*Credit: based on hours completed (up to 1 credit per semester or summer)