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Successful video professionals are entrepreneurial, creative, adaptable and detail-oriented, with wide-ranging interests. Most entry-level jobs require a bachelor's degree.

Hood College offers a broad-based, future-oriented communication arts degree program with a concentration in video that will build skills in video and digital technology, as well as written and spoken communications. Students have opportunities to create a portfolio of professional work through internships and volunteer assignments. Hood's goal is to prepare students to adapt and thrive in the converging media environment of the 21st century.

Course of Study

The communications field today demands that professionals be prepared to integrate visual, spoken and written messages in an evolving mix of media. The central emphasis of Hood's communication arts major is to teach every student how to tell compelling stories using all of these media platforms.

The communication arts major/digital media concentration offers a video track, with courses in visual media production, graphic design, digital photography, writing and editing, speech communications and related skills. Courses also delve into communications theory, the history of the communications field and the ethical questions and concerns communi- cations professionals face daily.

Students acquire video skills, from scripting and shooting to field editing, and produce news, documentaries, "webisodes" and other video products. Practical experience, with an emphasis on working in teams, is a hallmark of Hood's video program and essential in ensuring that students are well prepared to succeed in the real world.

Hood faculty members are excellent teachers who have extensive experi- ence as successful communications professionals. They provide individual attention and direction, helping students develop personal and profes- sional strengths and more clearly define career goals.

Opportunities for Practical Experience

Internships are required, and Hood students have found opportunities in the Frederick-Baltimore-Washington, D.C., region, as well as in other areas of the U.S. and even abroad. An intern may serve as a production assistant or have the chance to undertake an independent project.

Hood video students have completed internships at such organizations as Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, Md.; the Hood College Athletics Department; and the Frederick County Department of Transportation. Students recently produced a public service video promoting the local Habitat for Humanity program and worked on in-house broadcasts for the Frederick Keys, a minor league baseball team.

There also are many volunteer opportunities on the Hood campus to apply what is learned in class to practical situations. These include assist- ing a student group with a video for its website, promoting events or raising awareness of its mission; working with Hood's sports information office to stream athletic events on the Internet; or assisting students in various majors who are preparing to graduate and want help in develop- ing a digital résumé. Faculty members and Hood's career center staff work with students to find placements that match their interests and goals.

Job Outlook

Video professionals work in the motion picture or television broadcast industry, as well as for private companies, nonprofits and public agencies. At least 35 percent are self-employed. Hood's communications faculty anticipate a growing demand for video professionals who also are strong writers and familiar with other digital media and design.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median pay for film and video editors and camera operators in 2020 was $45,490 a year (a figure that reflects salaries of experienced as well as entry-level professionals). The BLS predicts that jobs in these categories are expected to increase four percent by 2020. Producers and directors of video, film and live theater earned a median wage of $68,440 in 2010 (reflecting all levels of experience). Growth in these job categories is expected to rise 11 percent by 2010.

Resources for More Information about Careers

The Digital Video Professionals Association ( is an international trade association for visual communicators using digital media including producers, directors, educators, animators, videographers, editors, motion graphic artists, film groups, production managers, video game developers, advertising agencies, television stations and design studios. The Radio Television Digital News Association ( is the world's largest professional organization exclusively serving the electronic news profession.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012- 13 edition ( eo-editors-and-camera-operators.htm) provides an overview of jobs in the field and the employment outlook for the coming decade.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why prepare for a video career at Hood rather than a school that specializes in film or videography?

There are several advantages of preparing for a career in video at Hood College. A professional entering the rapidly evolving communications field must be prepared to adapt to changes we cannot now envision. Hood's academic program is designed to prepare students for success today and in the future.

Hood's communication arts major provides a broad-based preparation so that students develop skills not just in video but also in writing, graphic design and the spectrum of visual and digital communications. They also gain historical and theoretical understanding of the field. Students are required to complete a carefully selected core of courses and choose electives―in communication arts and other departments―that match their particular interests and career goals. Hood also offer a variety of practical, hands-on experiences so that students have exposure to working in differing settings within their chosen field and can build a portfolio of professional work.

Hood also provides an exceptional level of individual attention in small classes taught by faculty members who have significant experience in their fields.

What kinds of jobs are available for entry-level video professionals?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that film and video editors and camera operators may work in movie or television studios, on electronic news-gathering teams, at special events or for corporations. According to the BLS, 35 percent of film and video editors and camera operators run their own business or do freelance work.

What's the future job outlook for video professionals?

Hood faculty members believe that self-employment for video professionals will continue to grow and that jobs for video professionals will increasingly require expertise in writing, graphics and other digital communications. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for film and video editors and camera operators are expected to increase four percent by 2020. Employment opportunities for producers and directors of video, film and live theater are predicted to increase 11 percent by 2020.

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