Broadcasting and Production Technology

An Associate in Applied Science degree in Broadcasting & Production Technology (BPT) at CPCC gives skilled, competent media students opportunities to work in a variety of media-related venues and services. The BPT curriculum is designed to provide competency-based knowledge, scientific/artistic principles, and hands-on fundamentals associated with the digital journalism and media industry.

The curriculum prepares students for entry-level employment in production support and selected technical areas of film, video, broadcasting and other media production.  The technical electives provide a number of options for students, depending upon their goals and interests within media production, such as the creation, manipulation, and animation of digital images, and for those who are entrepreneurially inclined, the creation of their own media business.

The Associate in Applied Sciences degree in Broadcasting and Production Technology is awarded by the College upon completion of this program.

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Admissions

  • A high school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Placement tests determine placement in English (ENG) and mathematics (MAT).
  • Some courses have prerequisites or co-requisites; check the Courses section for details.

Contact Information

The Broadcasting and Production Technology Program is in the Digital Media, Journalism and Communication Division. For more information, call the division office at 704.330.2722 extension 3134.

Admissions

  • A high school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Placement tests determine placement in English (ENG) and mathematics (MAT).
  • Some courses have prerequisites or co-requisites. Check the Courses section for details.

Contact Information

The Broadcasting and Production Technology Program is in the Digital Media, Journalism and Communication Division. For more information, call 704.330.2722 extension 3134.

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General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
ENG 112Writing and Research in the Disciplines3.0
COM 231Public Speaking3.0
PSY 150General Psychology3.0
Select 3 credits from the following:3.0
Mathematical Measurement and Literacy
Algebra/Trigonometry I
Quantitative Literacy
Statistical Methods I
Precalculus Algebra
Select 3 credits from the following:3.0
Art Appreciation
Art History Survey I
Art History Survey II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Introduction to Film
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Jazz
Philosophical Issues
Introduction to Ethics
Major Requirements
BPT 110Introduction to Broadcasting3.0
BPT 111Broadcast Law & Ethics3.0
BPT 112Broadcast Writing4.0
BPT 113Broadcast Sales3.0
BPT 121Broadcast Speech I3.0
BUS 139Entrepreneurship I3.0
CIS 110Introduction to Computers3.0
COM 150Introduction to Mass Communication3.0
DME 110Introduction to Digital Media3.0
FVP 220Editing I3.0
FVP 250Production Specialties I3.0
or ART 266 Videography I
FVP 251Production Specialities II3.0
or ART 267 Videography II
JOU 110Introduction to Journalism3.0
JOU 216Writing for Mass Media3.0
Select 6 credits from the following:6.0
Computer Art I
Photography I
Digital Photography I
Digital Photography II
Computer Art II
Video/TV Production I
Video/TV Production II
Business Law I
Acting for the Camera I
Camera & Lighting I
Camera & Lighting II
Editing II
Introduction to Film
Feature/Editorial Writing
Social Media Marketing
Introduction to Simulation and Game Development
Simulation and Game 3-D Animation
Work-Based Learning I
Work-Based Learning I
Internet/Web Fundamentals
Introduction to Internet Multimedia
Total Credits67

No diplomas offered.

Broadcasting and Production Technology Certificate Specialization in Foundations of Production Technology (C30120-C1)

Major Requirements
CIS 110Introduction to Computers3.0
FVP 114Camera & Lighting I3.0
FVP 220Editing I3.0
FVP 221Editing II3.0
FVP 250Production Specialties I3.0
FVP 251Production Specialities II3.0
Total Credits18

Broadcasting and Production Technology Courses

BPT 110. Introduction to Broadcasting. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the field of broadcasting and other electronic media. Emphasis is placed on the history, development, and current status of radio, television, and related industries. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of regulations, organizational structure, revenue sources, historical development, and on-going operation of broadcasting and related industries.

BPT 111. Broadcast Law & Ethics. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course covers judicial, legislative, and administrative policies pertinent to the ethical and legal operation of broadcast and other electronic media organizations. Emphasis is placed on legal and ethical issues including First Amendment protection, FCC regulations, copyright, and libel laws. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the historical significance and modern-day application of important broadcast laws and policies.

BPT 112. Broadcast Writing. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces proper copy and script writing techniques and formats for radio, television, and other electronic media. Emphasis is placed on creating effective scripts for programs and promotional materials, including commercial and public radio service announcements for a specific target audience. Upon completion, students should be able to understand and write copy and scripts according to standard industry formats.

Prerequisites: Take ENG 111

BPT 113. Broadcast Sales. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course covers sales principles applicable to radio, television, cable, and other electronic media. Emphasis is placed on prospecting and servicing accounts, developing clients, and preparing sales presentations. Upon completion, students should be able to create a sales presentation based upon standard ratings reports, prospect for new customers, and understand account management.

BPT 121. Broadcast Speech I. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers basic preparation and performance of on-air talents' speaking quality. Emphasis is placed on developing a pleasant and efficient voice with techniques applied to taped news, features, commercial copy, and announcing. Upon completion, students should be able to show improvement and aptitude in proper articulation, pronunciation, rate of delivery, pitch, breathing techniques, inflection, projection, and phrasing.

BPT 231. Video/TV Production I. 4.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the language of film/video, shot composition, set design, lighting, production planning, scripting, editing, and operation of video and television production equipment. Emphasis is placed on mastering the body of knowledge and techniques followed in producing all forms of video and television production. Upon completion, students should be able to produce basic video and television productions in a team environment.

BPT 232. Video/TV Production II. 4.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course covers advanced video and television production. Emphasis is placed on field production, post-production, digital video effects, graphics, and multi-camera productions. Upon completion, students should be able to create productions that optimize the use of studio, field, and post-production equipment.

Prerequisites: Take BPT 231

Film and Video Production Courses

FVP 114. Camera & Lighting I. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the basic principles of video camera and recorder operations in professional formats, crew protocol and safety, and basic lighting theory and application. Emphasis is placed on terminology, the characteristics of light, basic lighting procedures, and proper procedures of field recording with video equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the basic technical terms of camera operation, video recording and lighting equipment.

FVP 115. Camera & Lighting II. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course offers advanced principles of video camera and recorder operations and introduces students to film formats and equipment as well as advanced lighting theory applications. Emphasis is placed on terminology, lighting for effect, and color correction. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of camera terms and equipment, lighting theory and applications, and assist on studio and location shoots.

Prerequisites: Take FVP 114

FVP 220. Editing I. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers film and video editing from traditional methods to digital non-linear systems and basic film lab and transfer facility procedures. Topics include terminology, technologies, aesthetics, basic picture-only editing skills; and the editor's role augmented by hands-on experience. Upon completion, students should be able to use editing equipment and basic digitizing, logging, and picture only editing skills.

FVP 221. Editing II. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers editing in the digital environment, starting from the camera negative through the transfer, the non-linear digital edit and going back to negative matching. Topics include terminology, technologies, aesthetics, advanced sound and picture editing skills, and the editor's role augmented by hands-on experience.

Prerequisites: Take FVP 220

FVP 250. Production Specialties I. 3.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course provides education and training through contextual learning in the film production areas of art department, camera, sound, grip, electric, locations, script, and continuity. Emphasis is placed on successful professional level interaction with other students and industry and professionals through pre-production and initial production of an actual film/video project. Upon completion, students should demonstrate an understanding of the film/video pre-production and initial production process, and the relationship among the departments in these areas.

FVP 251. Production Specialities II. 3.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course provides education and training through contextual learning in the film production area of concluding photography and post-production areas of sound and picture editing. Emphasis is placed on successful professional level interaction with other students and industry professionals through concluding production and post-production of an actual film/video project. Upon completion, student should demonstrate an understanding of film/video production from concluding photography to the post-production areas of sound and picture editing.

Journalism Courses

JOU 110. Introduction to Journalism. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course presents a study of journalistic news, feature, and sports writing. Emphasis is placed on basic news writing techniques and on related legal and ethical issues. Upon completion, students should be able to gather, write, and edit news, feature, and sports articles. This course is a Writing Intensive elective for UNCC.

Prerequisites: Take ENG 111 with a minimum grade of C

JOU 216. Writing for Mass Media. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course is an introduction to news writing for newspapers and other print media including the techniques of news gathering, reporting, and interviewing. Emphasis is placed on basic methods of gathering information, conducting interviews, organizing a story, writing leads, writing clear, concise copy, and upon developing research skills. Upon completion, students should be able to write clear, concise, accurate, complete, balanced and readable news stories according to guidelines set by industry standards.

Prerequisites: Take DRE 098 or ENG 111 with a minimum grade of C

JOU 217. Feature/Editorial Writing. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the basics of persuasive writing for community newspapers and other print media. Emphasis is placed on writing features, reviews, and editorials including audience analysis, appropriate language, effective supporting details, completeness, and accuracy. Upon completion, students should be able to write effective feature stories, reviews, and editorials.

Prerequisites: Take JOU 110
Take DRE 098 or ENG 111 with a minimum grade of C