Video/Film Concentration (BCTV)

A Degree in Broadcasting & Electronic Media

Students specifically interested in careers in video, television, filmmaking, or related industries may elect to complete this course of study. Students experience all aspects of preproduction, studio and location recording, and postproduction editing. Instruction includes extensive hands-on experience. Throughout the production process emphasis is placed on efficient message design, effective storytelling techniques, and thorough preproduction planning.

Number Suggested Course Order


Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
ENG101 English Composition I


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
BCT105 Introduction to Mass Media


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
BCT112 Introduction to Audio Production


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
BCT110 Fundamentals of Video Production


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
MAT126 Topics in Mathematics (or higher)


    MAT096 or placement
BCT122 Fundamentals of Audio     Postproduction


BCT208 Scriptwriting


BCT121 Studio Operations and Multi-camera Production


ENG102 English Composition II


CIS127 Computer Technologies


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
BCT229 Editing Digital Video


ENG245 Film Appreciation


    ENG102 or permission of division dean
MKT241 Advertising


    ENG098, FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement
SPC113 Speech


  Behavioral Social Science Elective


    Electives: ANT, PSY, SOC, SSC
BCT214 Broadcast and Electronic Media

Operations and Management


    Prerequisites: BCT105,completion of 45 credits, or permission of division dean

Note: Offered in Spring only



Digital Cinematography or

Advanced Television Production




  Lab Science Elective


    Electives: BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, PHY
  Non-behavioral Social Science



    Electives: ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, SSC
  General Elective


    Electives: Any course (see page 66 for exceptions)
  Health Elective




Electives: BIO101, BIO103, BIO112, BIO230, CHC101, CHC102, CHC108, CHC220, EXS102, EXS201, PER126, PER127, PER130
                                               Total: 63/64 credits

Campus/format: A majority of this program can be completed during the day at the Gardner Campus.

Transfer options: For a complete list of transfer agreement options visit MWCC’s transfer services website: and

Special requirements: Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options: Video/film students may pursue careers in a variety of fields including, but not limited to, video and film production, TV broadcasting, cable/satellite communications, sports broadcasting, video for the Internet and mobile platforms, and corporate communications. They may work as producers, directors, writers, talent, camera operators, editors, or one of the many specialists who contribute to the production process.

Earning potential: Varies greatly depending on position and geographic location.

Program Competencies for BCTV

Upon graduation from this program, students shall have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Analyze and describe the component sectors, interrelationships, technology, and the legal and business practices of the current electronic media and communications industries, and apply this understanding to projections for future developments and opportunities.
  • Explain, analyze, and evaluate the media’s power and role in and on today’s society, and the legal and ethical issues that confront communications professionals.
  • Set up and operate video, audio, and photography equipment and explain signal flow and the working interrelationships of the technical components.
  • Practice oral and written presentation skills unique to the electronic communications industry.
  • Specify and design media solutions to fulfill identified communications objectives.
  • Work individually and as part of a production team in developing communications projects from initial conception to final completion, while meeting industry-standardized guidelines.
  • Employ media aesthetics to maximize communications effectiveness and create audience interest.
  • Analyze career opportunities and individual strengths, apply effective job search and acquisition skills, and promote their professional skills and services in today’s marketplace.

In addition, students concentrating in Video/Film shall have proven:

  • An understanding and critical appreciation of the history, theory, and technique common to effective film and video production.
  • Mastery of advanced camera, lighting, editing and directing skills, and digital postproduction workflows.
  • The ability to integrate strong technical expertise, knowledge of communication theory, and creative storytelling technique to produce visually compelling production.

Technical Standards for BCTV

Students entering this program must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Distinguish the movement of needles on meters, the component parts on electronic boards, and visual images through a camera lens.
  • Differentiate content, tones, frequencies, and words in sound recordings.
  • Work as a member of a production team.
  • Function as production manager, including decision making and scheduling.
  • Use appropriately tools/machines/equipment traditionally associated with audio video and photography courses such as cameras and camera supports, audio consoles, lighting equipment and digital editing stations (with or without accommodations).