Visual Communications — Video Production Option

Award: Associate of Applied Science
Degree Code: VVPZ
Number of Credits: 66-67

Program Description

This program option provides high quality, hands-on, career education in television, film, documentary, industrial, and commercial video production. The program helps students prepare for initial employment, career advancement, and transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

Transfer Information

Cecil College has articulation agreements with Maryland and regional institutions. Click on "Transfer Opportunities" in MyCecil under the Advising Tab for a list of transfer pathways. In addition, transfer information is available through ARTSYS (The Articulation System of Maryland). Contact your advisor for detailed information.

Required Courses

General Education Requirements
Number Title Credits
ACT Activity Electives 2
ARTS/HUM Arts and Humanities Elective [H] 3
EGL 101 Freshman Composition [E] 3
EGL 102 Composition and Literature [H] 3
MAT Math Elective [M] 3-4
PSY or
Psychology Elective [SS]
Sociology Elective [SS]
SCI Lab Science Electives [S/SL] 4
Program Requirements
Number Title Credits
EGL 112 Scriptwriting I 3
EGL 213 Introduction to Film [H] 3
VCP 101 Photography I 4
VCP 111 Studio Photography I 4
VCP 116 Digital Imaging I 2
VCP 117 Digital Imaging II 2
VCP 210 Video Production I 4
VCP 212 Video Production II 4
VCP 214 Video Production II 4
Program Electives - Select 15 Credits
Number Title Credits
ART 141 Survey of Art History [H] 3
ART 181 Introduction to Movie Making [H] 3
ART 183 Digital Illustration I 4
BUS 212 Principles of Marketing 3
CIS 101 Introduction to Computer Concepts [I] 3
EGL 212 Scriptwriting II 3
HST 252 American Diversity Through Film 3
SPH 141 Public Speaking [H] 3
THE 184 Introduction to Acting for Screen and Stage [H] 3
VCP 118 Digital Imaging III 4
VCP 119 Digital Imaging IV 4
VCP 136 Multimedia Production I 4
VCP 211 Studio Photography II 4
VCP 215 Guerrilla Filmmaking 4
VCP 218 Modeling and Animation I 4
VCP 233 Fictional Photography 4

Recommended Sequence

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program as a full-time student. Developmental and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Students should consult their degree audit at MyCecil or an academic advisor for individual degree planning.

Fall I (17 credits)
EGL 101 Freshman Composition
PSY or
Psychology Elective
Sociology Elective
VCP 101 Photography I
VCP 116 Digital Imaging I
VCP 117 Digital Imaging II
ARTS/HUM Arts and Humanities Elective
Spring I (18-20 credits)
VCP 111 Studio Photography I
VCP 210 Video Production
EGL 112 Scriptwriting I
ACT Activity Elective(s)
EGL 102 Composition and Literature
MAT Math Elective
Fall II (17-18 credits)
VCP 212 Video Production II
SCI Lab Science Elective
ELECT Program Electives (Select from ART, BUS, CIS, EGL, HST, SPH, THE and VCP)
ACT Activity Elective(s)
Spring II (14-15 credits)
VCP 214 Video Production III
EGL 213 Introduction to Film
ELECT Program Electives (Select from ART, BUS, CIS, EGL, HST, SPH, THE and VCP)

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Use the basic tools and techniques of a visual communicator
  • Communicate in an effective and professional manner both verbally and in writing with the ability to incorporate critique recommendations in revising their work
  • Demonstrate the ability to meet deadlines
  • Use computer and related technology in the execution of visual communications projects
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the elements and principles of design
  • Produce a body of work demonstrating the ability to solve visual communications problems
  • Market themselves using their portfolio and visual communications skills
  • Demonstrate preproduction, direction, production, postproduction, and distribution of narrative, documentary and commercial videos
  • Perform the duties of various technical crew positions in single and multi-camera production environments
  • Explain and demonstrate knowledge of video preproduction techniques by preparing preproduction materials for video productions
  • Operate video production lighting, cameras and sound equipment according to industry standards
  • Utilize post-production video techniques to edit digital video projects with graphics, picture, sound and editing

Career Opportunities

Camera operator, television production assistant, TV, film or video producer, video editor.​