Videography and Motion Graphics


If you are interested in design and moving images, a career as a motion graphics artist or video producer could be right for you. At ECC, you'll experience hands-on learning in small classes from exceptional, industry-seasoned faculty in up-to-date facilities. Using industry-standard software, the program teaches students basic graphic design principles, videography, special effects, and motion graphics. The Communication Design program offers a series of certificates, including the Basic Vocational Specialist certificate for Adobe® Creative Suite®, Videography, and Web Design – courses which may be applied towards the Videography & Motion Graphics – Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) degree program, if you're interested in starting a career in videography. Our Videography & Motion, Graphics AAS degree helps you train and enter the workforce or transfer to an undergraduate program to continue your education. Learn new video production and post-production skills for various applications, including broadcast, web, social media, commercial work, and other emerging platforms.

Planning to transfer? Learn more about earning a Bachelor's degree, summer transfer credits, or dual university admissions by speaking to an academic advisor. 

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Prepare for Immediate Employment

The future employment outlook for Video and Motion Graphics designers is positive. This growth is attributed to an increase in the need for professional videographers to support marketing departments and act as technicians and camera operators on TV and movie projects and post-production editors creating animated graphics.

The median salary for an audio and video technician in the U.S. is about $47,000. Average pay ranges between $47,000 and $54,000 depending on experience level and location. Refer to Career Coach for more information regarding similar occupations and compensation.

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Plan of Study and Course Descriptions

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Associate of Applied Science

Basic Certificate

What does a video producer do?

A video producer is responsible for overseeing the creation of video content. This includes developing a creative concept, budgeting, scripting, casting, directing, shooting, editing, and final video delivery. You’ll work on a team responsible for ensuring that the finished product meets the desired quality standards, stays within budget, and meets the agreed-upon deadline.

What will I learn in school to work in video production?

In school for video production, you will learn technical skills such as operating cameras, lighting equipment, sound recording devices, and editing software.

Additionally, you will gain knowledge of visual storytelling, including how to use design principles and film conventions to help convey a narrative. The pre-production process will also include developing ideas, creating content, and planning production. You will be taught to shoot and record video, audio, and still images during production. In post-production, you will learn editing and assembling techniques, sound design, color grading, and how to add special effects. Effective communication and collaboration with a team of actors, writers, directors, and other production personnel are also emphasized to achieve the desired outcome.

What degree do you need for a career in video production?

A degree in video production or a related field such as film, communication, or media studies is commonly pursued if you seek a career in video production. However, a bachelor’s degree is not always necessary, as many employers value hands-on experience and technical skills over education. It is possible to enter the field through an apprenticeship, a technical training program, or by building a portfolio and gaining experience on your own. Ultimately, the most important factor for success in video production is a strong portfolio that showcases your skills and experience.

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Certificate Option

You can enroll directly in the videography certificate program with a bachelor's degree. This option eliminates the general education requirements of the AAS degree and allows you to focus purely on videography training. Students who do not have a degree will need to choose an Associate Degree Option.

Associate of Applied Science Degree

The Associate of Applied Science in Video & Motion Graphics prepares you to enter highly-specialized creative fields as skilled and knowledgeable in developing narratives as a cinematographer, editor, producer, or motion graphics artist, to name a few career paths.

Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators Are In Demand.

Why choose a career as a film and video editor?

Videography and Motion Graphics education at Elgin Community College emphasizes hands-on, practical applications that will prepare you to enter communication design occupations using videography and motion graphic skills.

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