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Video Production Minor

Develop real-world video skills

You’ll master filmmaking techniques through experiential learning when you earn our undergraduate minor in Video Production.

Students use industry-standard equipment, advanced editing software, professional lighting techniques, and digital effects. Utilize field production techniques as you shoot interviews and narrative scenes to create documentaries and short narrative films.

Learn how to plan, shoot, edit, and deliver complex video productions. You’ll apply advanced lighting and photography techniques for a variety of conditions while putting into practice the principles of composition, continuity, cinematic space, and A/B roll editing. Prepare to develop story ideas, translate them into a visual medium, and structure them effectively using creative methods of information presentation and narrative storytelling.


Your minor in Video Production opens the door to a range of careers from the film industry to broadcast journalism.

The business part of the business

Developing strong business skills is an essential part of succeeding in the field of video production, which is why this minor syncs up well with a Management or other Business degree.

Industry professionals often produce their own independent films or other projects, or hire themselves out as contract employees. For those who are not business majors, we offer this course: INFO I459 Media and Technology Entrepreneurship.

Job opportunities

Possible careers for students with a minor in Video Production include:

Video Editing Lab (VELa)

Make the leap from concept to completed project and seize the opportunity to see how far you can go with the right post-production technology. Providing 4K UHD support, our school’s video editing lab provides MAS students with the tools to create professional-quality projects using industry-standard video editing software and equipment.

VELa allows you to develop your post-production skills and finish your projects like a pro with DaVinci Resolve, a Tangent Controller, a Flanders Scientific color-grading monitor, and a brilliant 4K LG display for screening your final cut.

Equipment to realize your vision

  • Millumin

    With our new “Beyond the Frame” class we’ve introduced a third dimension to our visual effects library. Millumin is the cutting-edge software for 3D projection mapping. Students can use it to create audiovisual shows for theater, video mapping and interactive installations.

  • Mac Pro

    Our Mac Pro stations, with hi-res cinema display and six processing cores, offer the speed that videographers need. Specialized coloring hardware, including an industry-standard 10-bit color monitor, also is available.

  • Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve

    The latest version of this professional-quality editing software, designed for film and TV post-production, is ideal for high-performance editing and color work.

  • Tangent Element control panels

    Precise control for color correcting work.

  • Adobe After Effects, Illustrator, Lightroom, and Photoshop software

    These are the industry-standard programs for creating mesmerizing special effects, motion and vector graphics, as well as imaging, design, and photo editing.

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Plan of Study (15 cr.)

Core (9 cr.)

Selectives (6 cr.)

Select two:

Additional Herron and Liberal Arts courses, including topics courses, seminars, and independent studies, may be counted as selectives with the faculty advisor’s approval.

Substitute Courses

CGT 34600 Digital Video and Audio (3 cr.), HER-K 300 Photography and Intermedia: Time-based Art (3 cr.), or MUS-A 242 Music Technology Lab IV may be taken instead of NEWM-N 253 Introduction to Digital Video (3 cr.) to satisfy the core requirement.

MUS-Z 320 Advanced Special Topics in Music/Non-Majors: Digital Sound Design (3 cr.) may be substituted for NEWM-N 255.

Students must earn a C or higher in each course to graduate with the Video Production minor.

Admissions and Advising

The minor is open to IUPUI students in any major except Media Arts and Science. Instead, Media Arts and Science students should pursue the Video Production and Sound Design specialization.

To declare the Video Production minor, email Jill Mathews at For academic advising, contact an undergraduate advisor.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the video signal, camera operation, lighting techniques, audio recording, interview techniques, basic visual composition, and conventions.
  2. Understand the theory and current practices of planning, shooting, editing and delivering a complex digital video project.
  3. Develop ideas, planning, scripting, scheduling, and delivery requirements (pre-production).
  4. Understand various types of production, camera handling, framing, lighting, interview techniques, sound recording, and shooting for coverage (production).
  5. Use A-rolling story structure, B-rolling coverage, voiceover, editing, and creating graphics with Avid Media Composer (post-production).
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of exporting final video to specific media formats suitable for uploading to video hosting websites (presentation).
  7. Evaluate video in terms of effective delivery of information through production and post-production techniques.
  8. Participate as a member and/or leader of a video production team.
  9. Plan and execute documentary films, applying methods of effective storytelling.
  10. Demonstrate proficiency with the principles of photography and techniques involved in the successful depiction of cinematic space.
  11. Construct an argument and relate information by applying the concepts of visual literacy.
  12. Develop story ideas, translate them into a visual medium, and structure a story effectively using creative methods of narrative storytelling.
  13. Apply advanced lighting techniques including 3-point lighting and color temperature.
  14. Light for a variety of conditions while putting into practice the principles of lighting.
  15. Compose digital images with still and video cameras, exhibiting an appreciation of the aesthetics of lighting composition.
  16. Apply green screen/Chroma-key effects and techniques for lighting composition.
  17. Plan field productions, including budgets and other documents.
  18. Perform in the role of the director of photography and that of the lighting engineer.
  19. Set up, transport, and use digital imaging equipment (cameras, video, lights).