Digital Video & Media Production

BFA in Digital Video & Media Production

Our Minnesota bachelor’s program in digital video and media production provides technical and artistic training from instructors with experience in the field, giving you the fundamentals of video and digital film creation – from pre-production to post-production.

Digital video production training includes:

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

If you’ve completed your associate degree and are interested in furthering your education, IPR’s bachelor’s degree in video production offers you the ability to:

  • Effectively light, white balance, shoot and edit a professional video production;
  • Operate a variety of HD, DSLR and digital cameras and peripheral equipment;
  • Create professional-quality motion graphics;
  • Produce a demo reel and self-promotional package that showcases workplace readiness;
  • And more.

Digital Video and Media Production Programs

As a digital video and media 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.

Through our applied learning projects, you’ll have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in digital video and media production. Our elective internship opportunities can improve your marketability and bolster your resume as you prepare for a career upon graduation.

Digital Video and Media Production Careers

Our programs 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 X
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, 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.

Careers in Digital Video & Media Production

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


6% is the average growth rate for all occupations from 2012 to 2022.*

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

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