Video Representation

COM 265

Video Representation is a 200-level, undergraduate course with an average class size of 15 students. The course emphasizes hands-on learning, is held for four hours per week, and focuses on collaborative video production.

Course Description

Students studying video production theory and techniques collaborate with nonprofit/government organizations in the local community to produce one or more short videos for use by the partner organization. A suitable nonprofit/government community partner is identified by the instructor before the course begins. Ideal partners have an identifiable need for video production services and are able to commit the resources, mainly time for access and coordination, necessary to support a collaborative project. The intent of the video is identified prior to the project start date, but students collaborate closely with the community partner to undertake the bulk of project development, determining specifics about audience, content, form, style, and other key aspects of production. Working either in small teams or as a cohesive whole (according to the demands of the project), students manage all aspects of production including ideation, scripting, production planning, filming, editing, and postproduction. Production teams seek and integrate partner collaboration and feedback at various stages to ensure the videos develop in useful ways. Once final versions are reviewed and approved by the instructor and community partner, students deliver the videos to the partner organization to be deployed according to the organization’s needs. 


View a sample video here.