Course Catalog

MCM Course Catalog

Introductory Courses

The first and required step toward volunteering or producing at MCM and gaining access to MCM’s broadcast quality professional equipment, is to take Introduction to Video Basics.  This class offers an overview of services and opportunities for community members and prospective volunteers. You’ll learn about our policies and your options for getting involved. In addition, you’ll explore the basics of video production. This class prepares students for all class options offered at MCM.

Studio Production Courses

Technical Director Switching Board

Studio classes teach students the elements of producing in the studio and trains you on all studio and control room equipment.

Studio Director is offered as a 12 week class.  Find out how to call the shots, frame camera shots and build a program in real-time during various types of studio productions.

Studio Producer class teaches students to produce programming using Montgomery Community Media’s two studios.

Studio Technician is 12 week class that teaches students all Studio Basics and Studio Control Room course positions.

Field Production Courses

Field (remote videotaping) classes teach students the essentials of producing programming in the field. It’s flexible and skills learned will help you in Studio classes.  Classes are scheduled to run concurrently so students are working on various components of productions at the same time. Attendance is mandatory for all scheduled class shoots and edits sessions – you must participate in class productions and pass all tests in order to become certified.
Field Camera class teaches students lights, cameras and microphones for remote shooting.

Field Editor is a 5 week class that teaches students the basic operating techniques of Final Cut Pro 7.

Field Producer class teaches students to produce a 4 minute short-form video, directing field technicians and field editors.


Workshops offer training on specialized media topics and equipment.

  • Photoshop for Producers – TBD
  • Studio Lighting – TBD
  • “Smart” Video Workshop  TBD

Video Journalism

Video Journalism is a form of broadcast journalism where the individual is the reporter, camera operator and editor. These individuals have the ability to get into their neighborhoods and communities to get the stories that matter to them. These reporters are vital to getting the word out in Montgomery County.

Backpack Journalism class teaches the basics of Backpack Journalism and is open to Montgomery County High School students (Grades 9-12). Students will learn story composition, shooting and editing. Students will be able to use their segments and MCM’s Backpack Beat TV program and be a part of other programs that air on The Montgomery Channel and Access 19.

Citizen Journalism class teach students to report, film, produce, and edit their own feature news stories that will air on The Montgomery Channel and Access19.

Upcoming Class Schedule

Start DateClass
12/14/2015Orientation Dec. 14 2015
One two-hour class, includes basic terminology and theory behind video production. The starting point for all classes offered at MCM.
Prerequisites: None
Length: One 2-Hour Session
Fee: $10.00
12/17/2015CG Create and Enhance-2015
Class is full, waiting list only

Prerequisites: Studio Technician Certification
Length: 1-3hr class 7p-10p
Fee: $35
01/05/2016Orientation -Jan. 5 2016
One two-hour class, includes basic terminology and theory behind video production. The starting point for all classes offered at MCM.
Prerequisites: None
Length: One 2-Hour Session
Fee: $10.00
01/11/2016Studio Producer-Jan 11 2016
Learn to produce a studio program using MCM's facilities.
Prerequisites: Orientation
Length: 6 weeks
Fee: $175.00
01/12/2016Studio Technician-Jan 12 2016
Students will rotate through all Studio Basics and Studio Control Room course positions. Successful completion of this course will certify each student as a Studio Technician.
Prerequisites: Orientation
Length: 12 weeks
Fee: $175.00
01/12/2016Studio Director 6 Weeks-Jan 2016
earn to call the shots and build a program in real-time during various types of studio productions. This is the final class of certification for studio technicians.
Prerequisites: Studio Technician
Length: 6-3hr classes
Fee: $100
01/14/2016Field Producer-Jan 14 2016
In this hands-on class, students learn the fundamentals of remote productions in an interview style format.
Prerequisites: Orientation
Length: 10 weeks
Fee: $175.00
01/16/2016Field Technician-Jan 16 2016
This class teaches students how to operate and be responsible for MCM's field equipment. Incorporating audio and lighting techniques on location.
Prerequisites: Orientation
Length: 4 weeks
Fee: $125.00
02/13/2016Non- Linear Editing-Feb 13 2016
In this 5 week class, students will learn the basic operating techniques of Non Linear editing, on a computer-based editing software. Classes will include 3 weeks of classroom instruction and 2 weeks of editing. Students will edit a 4 minute project that will air on the MCM
Prerequisites: Orientation
Length: 5 weeks
Fee: $175.00
02/25/2016Video Editing- Adobe Premiere CC Feb 2016
Adobe Premiere CC is one of the most advanced video editing platforms in the digital world. Commonly and widely used in the industry, Adobe Premiere CC is capable of creating a video with outstanding transitions, effects, and layering. If you want to upload your clip to YouTube or use it for broadcast on any TV station such as ours, Adobe Premiere CC does it all.
Length: 3-3hr classes
Fee: $125
03/28/2016Spring Break Backpack Journalism-March 2016
Open to 7th - 12th grade students. During this 5 day intensive course students will learn to shoot and edit a news package. Certification will be given upon completion of the project.
Prerequisites: none
Length: 5 days
Fee: $300