Television Course Descriptions

Included on this page:

Television 1 - Television Programming Orientation (3 Units)
Television 4 - Camera, Lighting and Sound for Television and Cinema
Television 6 - Studio And Remote Production
Television 7 - Television Announcing
Television 9 - Introduction To Television Equipment Procedures
Television 25 - Television and Film Dramatic Writing
Television 46 - Television Production
Television 48 - Television Programming; Videotape Production Workshop
Television 49 - TV Production Workshop
Television 55 - Digital Video Production Workshop I (same as Cinema 33)
Cooperative Education And Work Experience

TELEVISION 1 - Television Programming Orientation (3 Units)

(3 hours per week - Offered both Fall and Spring Semesters)

Students study what is on television and why, including the history of Radio and Television broadcasting.  They also learn costs, ratings, the FCC rules, cable and pay television.

Prerequisite: None

This class leads to several certificates

You will learn about the broadcast and cable TV industries through lectures, discussions and videos. There are several tests during the semester including a non-cumulative final. This is strictly a lecture course - no technical equipment will be used.

Required Textbook: Head's Broadcasting in America: A Survey of Electronic Media, 10th Edition   ISBN-13 978-0-205-60813-3

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TELEVISION 4- Camera, Lighting and Sound for Television and Cinema (3 Units)

(3 hours per week - Offered both Fall and Spring Semesters)

Students learn to operate basic camera, lighting and audio recording equipment for both video and film media in the studio and location.  Required of all television majors. An elective for Cinema majors.

Prerequisite: None  

This class leads to several certificates

An excellent course for both Cinema and Television students, TV 4 is a technical course with hands-on training with all the latest  Hi-Definition television studio production equipment including the camera, video switcher, lighting instruments, and audio systems. You won't be doing any productions, but studying the equipment and technical skills needed when producing a video. Many students consider TV 4 a "Lab Class" to TV 9 so we suggest you take both during the same semester. . The many skills you will learn in TV 4 will be valuable in other cinema and television classes. TV 4 is held in Television Studio B

Required Textbook: Video Basics 7 by Herbert Zettl   

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TELEVISION 6-Studio an d Remote Production (3 Units)

(5 hours per week - Schedule to be Announced

Students light and shoot remote setups and then edit those pieces for inclusion into a half hour live-to-tape production in the studio.  For advanced television students only.

Broadcast News Handbook (3rd Edition) by C.A. TugglePrerequisite: Television 46 at LACC with a satisfactory grade.

This class leads to a certificate

TV 6 is for crew only. Using a news format, you will continue advanced level studio production techniques working in the larger TV studio with advanced equipment. You will also operate remote equipment (camcorders and wireless microphone systems) during in-class exercises. Both TV 6/7 meet at the same time with the same instructor so students cannot take Television 6 and 7 concurrently. 

Required Textbooks: Video Basics 7 by Herbert Zettl and Broadcast News Handbook (3rd Edition) by C.A. Tuggle (List $55) ISBN:0073268690.

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TELEVISION 7-Television Announcing (3 Units)

(5 hours per week) - Schedule to be Announced 

Students create and write a number of stories as part of training in television announcing for broadcast news, sports, weather and commercials. They act as on-camera talent in the production of a half-hour in-studio live-to-date show.

Prerequisite: None

This class leads to a certificate

TV 7 is for talent only. Using a news format, you will train in "on-camera" television performance. Students will prepare and perform a series of studio and remote exercises including teleprompter and improvisational work. Both TV 6/7 meet at the same time with the same instructor - you can't take both sections at the same time.

Required Textbooks: Video Basics 7 by Herbert Zettl  and Broadcast News Handbook (3rd Edition) by C.A. Tuggle (List $55,75) ISBN:0073268690

Broadcast News Handbook (3rd Edition) by C.A. Tuggle

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TELEVISION 9 - Introduction to TV Equipment Procedures (3 Units)

(3 hours per week both Fall and Spring Semesters)

Students learn the principles and operation of a television control room and studio equipment leading to the production of their own live-switched one-minute commercial.  Sound control, studio lighting, control room procedures, video camera operation, directing, script writing, storyboarding and production design are emphasized.  Required of all TV majors. This course serves as the prerequisite to TV 46. An elective for Cinema majors.

Prerequisite: None

This class leads to several certificates

This production class gives you the opportunity to make a Hi-Def commercial in the television studio during your first semester. The first half of each class is lecture and hands-on experience with all the television production equipment. However, you'll need more time for training on the equipment so we suggest that you sign-up for TV 4 during the same semester. This course serves as the prerequisite to TV 46 and is offered every semester. The class is held in Television Studio B

Required Textbook: Video Basics 7 by Herbert Zettl   

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TELEVISION 25-Television and Film Dramatic Writing (3 Units)

(3 hours per week each Fall and Spring Semesters)

 

Professional methods and techniques of television writing for drama and comedy for film and video are studied. It also deals with obtaining an agent and selling a script.

Prerequisite: None

This class leads to a certificate

You will learn to create and format scripts, from concept to outline to script, in a workshop format. Students are expected to complete the first act of a teleplayor screenplay, plus other writing excercises. No technical equipment will be used in class. This course is offered evenings only. 

Textbook: Screenplay:  The Foundations of Screenwriting, by Syd Field, revised edition (2005), Delta, ISBN-10: 0385339038, ISBN-13: 978-0385339032

 

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TELEVISION 46-Television Production (3 Units)

(4 hours per week - Offered both Fall and Spring Semesters)

Students write, produce and direct a series of three live switched productions beginning with a 30-second commercial followed by two longer and more complex televison programs. They function as talent or crew in productions produced by classmates. Each student learns production protocol; operation of studio cameras; lighting instruments and control; and operation of control room equipment including switcher, audio mixer, video recording, and character generator using the Hi-Definition studio.  Required of all Television majors. An elective for Cinema majors.

Prerequisite: Television 9 at LACC with satisfactory grade or better.

This class leads to several certificates

Here you will continue with intermediate level studio production techniques. You are expected to write, produce and direct three live-switched productions. The assignments include a thirty second, five minute and ten minute production. There is also a written midterm and final. This serves as the prerequisite to all advanced level TV courses. Offered evenings only. Television 46 is held in Television Studio B.

Required Textbook: Video Basics 7 by Herbert Zettl   

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TELEVISION 48-Television Programming & Videotape Production Workshop (3 units)

(4 hours per week) - Scheduled for Spring 2014

Advanced work in pro-producing, directing, producing, writing, operating remote equipment and special effects.

Prerequisite: Television 46 at LACC with satisfactory grade or better.

This class leads to a certificate

TV 48 is for writer/producers only. You will work on an advanced level studio production using in the larger TV studio with advanced equipment. TV 48/49 meets the same time with the same instructor - you cannot take both sections at the same time.

Required Textbook: Video Basics 7 by Herbert Zettl   

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TELEVISION 49-TV Production Workshop (3 Units)

(4 hours per week) Scheduled for Spring 2014

Students train in the technical aspects of televison production including lighting, camera, audio, video and character generator.  No script writing or producing, this class is for studio technical crew only.

Prerequisite: Television 46 with satisfactory grade or better.

This class leads to a certificate

TV 49 is for technical crew members only. You will work on an advanced level studio production equipment using in the larger TV studio with additional equipment. TV 48/49 meets the same time with the same instructor - you can't take both sections at the same time. This course is offered in the evenings only. Not offered Fall 2008.

Required Textbook: Video Basics 7 by Herbert Zettl   

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TELEVISION 55 (SAME AS CINEMA 33) - DIGITAL VIDEO PRODUCTION WORKSHOP I - (3 UNITS)

(5 hours per week - Offered both Fall and Spring Semesters)

Intermediate film and television students produced short video projects using digital video cameras and editing systems..

Prerequisite: Cinema 1,2, Television 4, 9 with satisfactory grades or better.

This class leads to several certificates

Each student will shoot and edit two projects using a digital video camera (the school provides Canon HD cameras) and Final Cut Express software on Mac computers. (Students may use their own cameras and editing systems is so desired) .There is both a day and evening section.

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COOPERATIVE EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE (1 to 4 Units)

Film and Television students receive credit for acceptable internships in the industry under the direction of supervising Cooperative Education director. Students meet occasionally with the director and keep a diary of their work. Internship opportunities are made available to the Cinema-Television Department but it is the responsibility of the student to secure one. This course is offered every semester, and is repeatable - no textbook. The student must be enrolled in seven or more units at LACC (which may include up to four Co-op Ed units). Contact Vaughn Obern  obernvg@lacitycollege.edu for more information.

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Revised August 24, 2013