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Angelica S. Macklin
BISMCS 234
Bothell Campus

Media and Communication Techniques

Develops beginning to intermediate skills and techniques in one or more forms of communication practice and media production.

Class description

Working With Video

This 2-credit course teaches how to use digital media for documenting, producing, and presenting knowledge, in order to apply these skills towards the production of digital videos that help us understand and inform the world around us. Students will engage in video storytelling projects that focus on topics that are relevant to individual research interests, which means that the course is suitable for students in all disciplines who are interested in using video within their field.

Students will learn basic to intermediate digital video production techniques from planning, scripting, pre-production through post-production. The course will cover basic camera operation, video composition, audio for video, interviewing techniques, gathering images and b-roll, and post-production editing methods. Within the visual storytelling technical process, this class will engage in questions of how to build author, subject, and audience relationships, how to engage in public scholarship, and how to frame representations of culture, self, and others through the digital form.

Student learning goals

1. To understand video production processes and practices, while learning basic to intermediate functions of UWB supported digital video equipment and non-linear editing tools.

2. To learn how to develop a story outline and execute a video production plan.

3. To gain awareness of ethical and practical considerations of working with video.

4. To learn how to collect, store, manage, and archive original video footage.

5. To identify various audiences, uses and display outlets for video-based stories.

6. To produce an original piece of visual work that will contribute to each studentís portfolio archive.

General method of instruction

Class time will be a combination of mini-lectures, peer critique, and skill-building exercises. Beyond the class students will conduct interviews and gather footage for their individual projects.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites. This course is suitable for students in all disciplines who have an interest in using video to document, explore, and share ideas within their field.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments will include a written production plan, a basic storyboard outline, a topic interest map, a short list of interview questions, a 3 to 5-minute video story, and a reflection paper. These assignments will be accompanied by other deadline driven tasks necessary to complete production work.

Grades will be assigned based on active participation, completion of all assignments, and production quality of completed video works.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Angelica S. Macklin
Date: 01/25/2012