Digital Video & Media Production

AAS in Digital Video & Media Production

Video has the power to inform, entertain, connect and persuade like no other medium today.

With IPR’s digital video and media production associate degree program, you can learn how to create projects from the ground up using the latest tools in our professional studios.

Video production classes include training in:

  • Visual story development
  • Production management
  • Camera and lighting techniques
  • Video editing

AAS in Digital Video and Media Production

Our associate degree in digital video and media production is aimed at giving you the skills and knowledge to create professional video and film productions for various methods of distribution. As a student of the digital video and media production program, you will be trained in corporate production, commercial production, and short and feature narrative digital filmmaking. Graduates with a video production degree will be prepared for entry-level positions and advancement possibilities in the video and film production industry with skills in preproduction, production, postproduction, motion graphics, media distribution, and industry business and management skills.

Among the vital skills you’ll learn with an associate degree in video production:

  • Motion graphics
  • Media distribution
  • Industry business and management

Digital Video and Media Production Degree Programs

As a video production student, you’ll have access to professional studios and the opportunity to partner with students in other programs such as live sound and show production, and graphic and web design.

Our instructors also help digital video and media production students develop their portfolios through IPR’s applied learning projects, giving you hands-on experience in the world of digital video and media production. A required internship can also bolster your resume and give you a leg up in your job search.

IPR has a strong campus community, which includes a digital video club for students and alumni, as well as regular Inside Tracks events, which bring in industry professionals to discuss the latest innovations, best practices and career prospects.

Digital Video and Media Production Careers

This digital video and media production degree program can help prepare graduates for a number of career opportunities in the field. And you may not have to look beyond our own backyard.

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Digital Video and Media Production Courses for AAS and BFA degrees

Core Curriculum

Students are required to earn all credits from the following list of courses:

Class Name BFA AAS
AAS Digital Video Internship/Practicum X
Applied Color Theory X
Studio Craft X X
Story Structure and Development for Visual Media X X
Production Management X X
Basic Camera, Lighting and Editing X X
Video Editing I X X
Field Production and Lighting X X
Audio for Video and Film X X
Visual Effects X X
Visual Storytelling X X
Scriptwriting for Visual Media X X
Video Editing II X X
Demo Reel Production X X
Advanced Field Production X X
Principles of Design l X X
Career Planning for the Creative Professional X X
Design Fundamentals X X
Color Grading and Basic Color Theory X
Advanced Camera Techniques X
Animatics and Storyboarding X
Production Management II X
Digital Film Preproduction X
Digital Film Production X
Digital Film Postproduction X
Digital Video Capstone X
Digital Video Internship/Practicum X
The Media Industry Landscape
Business Management for Media Professionals X
Law and Economics of Intellectual Property X
Entrepreneurship for the Creative Arts X
Marketing X

AAS Total Core Minimum Requirement: 69 credits

BFA Total Core Minimum Requirement: 126 credits*

*includes nine credits of electives, as approved by dean of students and program chair.

General Education

For the AAS, a minimum of 30 credits, at least three credits from each category below.

For the BFA, a minimum of 54 credits, at least three credits from each category below.


  • Speech Communications (required)
  • Composition (required)
  • Intercultural Communications
  • Creative Writing
  • Art of Persuasion
  • Mass Communication
  • Writing and Research
  • Technical Writing


  • Introduction to Humanities
  • Film in Society
  • World Music
  • Spanish I
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Art in the Modern World
  • Spanish II
  • World Literature

Natural Science & Mathematics

  • Biology
  • Environmental Issues
  • Topics in Mathematical Reasoning (required)*
  • College Algebra I (required)*
  • Earth Science
  • College Algebra II
  • Statistics
  • Introduction to Decision Systems

*Students must complete either NS112 or NS116.

Social Science

  • Global Citizenship (required)
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • History of American Music
  • Law in Society
  • Interpersonal Relations (required)
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Sociology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Psychology of Personality
  • Human Behavior
  • Abnormal Psychology

Total AAS General Education Minimum Requirement: 30 Credits

Total BFA General Education Minimum Requirement: 54 Credits

Based on competency exam scores, digital video and media production students may be required to take one or more of the following preparatory classes: FM051 Foundations of Math I, FM052 Foundations of Math II, FW051 Foundations of Writing I, and/or FW052 Foundations of Writing II.

BFA students are required to complete 30 percent of the program at the 300/400 level.

BFA Careers

Graduates from our BFA in digital video and media production program are prepared for entry-level employment in a number of careers:

  • Associate producer/production
  • Associate producer/post
  • Production coordinator
  • Production manager
  • Stage manager
  • Unit production manager
  • First assistant director
  • Second assistant director
  • Script supervisor
  • Production assistant
  • Director of photography
  • Camera operator
  • Gaffer
  • Key grip
  • Best boy grip
  • Dolly grip
  • Grip
  • Sound mixer/audio engineer
  • Boom operator/audio assistant
  • Assistant editor
  • Editor
  • Floor manager

AAS Careers

Graduates from the associate degree program in digital video and media production are prepared for entry-level employment in a variety of fields including, but not limited to:

  • Associate producer/production
  • Associate producer/post
  • Production coordinator
  • Second assistant director
  • Production assistant
  • Camera operator
  • Key grip
  • Best boy grip
  • Dolly grip
  • Grip
  • Boom operator/audio assistant
  • Assistant editor

Digital Video & Media Production


7% is the average growth rate for all occupations from 2016 to 2026.*

*The average growth rate data is taken from the site for the occupation: Digital Video & Media Production.

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