A/V Technology and Film Careers

This course discusses careers in audio/visual (AV) technology and film, and provides students with background about the required skills, education, equipment, and technology in this industry. Students will understand the collaborative team effort of many different professionals who make films, videos, audio, and TV programming. The course begins with an introduction to the history and development of AV technology and film, with subsequent units focusing on specific sectors of the industry and the stages for producing film and media. The concluding unit focuses on the finishing stages for exhibition, distribution, and reaching a market. In addition, the course will provide information about many different careers that are available to students who are interested in AV technology and film.

  • Unit 1: The History and Practices of A/V Technology and Film: In this unit students learn about the history and practices in A/V technology and film. Students learn that the industry blends both art and science and you understand the technological skills that are acquired through education and hands-on experiences with cameras, sound systems, equipment, hardware and software. Students will understand the major technological advances in electricity, photography, and sound recording occurred in the nineteenth century, which evolved to produce two separate strains of audio and video industries before they merged together in the 1930s.
  • Unit 2: Equipment and Tools in A/V Technology and Film: In this unit, students learn about the equipment and tools used in audio/visual technology and film. Students learn about current and emerging technology.
  • Unit 3: Pre-Production Planning and A/V and Film Technical Support: In this unit, students learn about pre-production planning and audio/visual and film technical support. Students learn about the importance of planning a production. Students also learn about the tasks and resources that are necessary to complete a project.
  • Unit 4: Applying Equipment and Technology in the Production Stage: In this unit, students learn about the critical activities of the production phase. Students learn that the performance of the entire team is designed to work like a machine, with each person and each task as a critical component for the success of the entire production. Students learn about the competitive nature of the A/V technology and film industry.
  • Unit 5: The Post-Production Phase of A/V Technology and Film: In this unit, students learn about the post-production phase and finishing processes for exhibition and distribution. Students discover how the editing phase fits within the post-production process and how raw elements are transformed into a final product. Students learn about film and video footage, sound elements, graphics and other imagery and how they are woven together during this stage. Students also learn about the steps to prepare a product or film for distribution and the formats that are produced for this purpose.

For topics in this course, it is helpful to students to be familiar with general concepts about the entertainment, broadcast, and information technology industries, as well as the basic skills for conducting research on websites.

If students are not familiar with these topics, it is important for them to familiarize themselves with online resources for audio, film, and technology concepts by visiting such sites as aes.org, or aicp.com. These websites will provide an introduction to audio production and filmmaking.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Arts, A/V, Technology & Communications
Course Length: Semester