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 stduents 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
03/30/2015Introduction to Video Basics-March 30 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
04/06/2015Spring Break Backpack Journalism-April 2015
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
04/13/2015Studio Producer-April 13 2015
Learn to produce a studio program using MCM's facilities.
Prerequisites: Introduction to Video Basics and must be a resident of Montgomery County.
Length: 6 weeks
Fee: $155.00
04/14/201512 Week Studio Director-April 14 2015
Learn 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: 12 weeks
Fee: $130
04/14/2015Studio Technician-April 14 2015
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: Introduction to Video Basics
Length: 12 weeks
Fee: $155.00
04/16/2015Field Producer-April 16 2015
In this hands-on class, students learn the fundamentals of remote productions in an interview style format.
Prerequisites: Introduction to Video Basics and must be Montgomery County resident.
Length: 10 weeks
Fee: $155.00
04/18/2015Field Technician-April 18 2015
This class teaches students how to operate and be responsible for MCM's field equipment. Incorporating audio and lighting techniques on location.
Prerequisites: Introduction to Video Basics
Length: 4 weeks
Fee: $105.00
04/21/2015Join the Video Revolution Class April 21 2015
This cutting-edge training will teach even the technologically challenged how to create great marketing videos with an iPhone, in just 3 hours.
Prerequisites: None
Length: Three hours
Fee: $299.00
04/22/2015Photoshop 1-April 2015
Description………Three 3 hour classes. This 3 day class will teach you how to format photos for use as gaphics in Video productions and a variety of other uses. Bring your own pictures or photos on a thumb drive to use during the class. This fun, and interesting class will not only show you how to enhance, your personal photos, but create graphics that are only limited by your imagination. No prior experience in any graphic program required .
Prerequisites: None
Length: 3 - 3 hour sessions
Fee: $75
05/16/2015Non- Linear Editing-May 16 2015
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: Introduction to Video Basics
Length: 5 weeks
Fee: $155.00
06/22/2015PSA Summer Camp-2015
MCM offers this great opportunity to start the path to success in the growing digital world. With professional HD equipment Media Creators (students) will produce, shoot, and edit a public service announcement about their subject of choice. Their final PSA project will be aired on MCM TV channels and , uploaded to You Tube.
Length: 1-week
Fee: $300
06/29/2015Summer Backpack Journalism June 29 – July 10, 2015 – Session 1
Backpack Journalism, open to 7th - 12th grade students in Montgomery County. During this two week course, will learn story composition, shooting and editing.
Prerequisites: None
Length: 2 weeks
Fee: $300
07/13/2015Green Screen Summer Camp 2015
The Media creators will create a program in our TV Green Screen Studio. They will all rotate through the equipment in the control room and the studio on actual shows tat the same time be learning the studio operation. Upon completion of the class they will get certified as a MCM Studio Technician. The students get SSL hrs for this class and once certified can work on the many volunteer production at MCM.
Length: 1 week
Fee: $300
07/20/2015Backpack Journalism: July 20 – 31, 2015 – Session 2
Backpack Journalism, open to 7th - 12th grade students in Montgomery County. During this two week course, will learn story composition, shooting and editing.
Prerequisites: none
Length: 2 weeks
Fee: $300