State-of-the-Art Screening Room Coming to Video Production Program

Lawrence Lerner

NCAS’ Video Production Program is getting a drastic makeover with the addition of a new state-of-the-art video-screening room/classroom.

The space, which underwent construction over the summer, repurposes the former control room for the program’s video production studio. It will be equipped with a high-definition projector and screen, a central workstation through which students can show their videos, an upgraded electrical system, and modern sound system.

Equally important, it will relieve pressure on the program’s video-editing suite, which has been doing double-duty as the main classroom/screening room.

“The demand for video-production classes across campus has been rising, but our goal has been to keep production classes small,” says Professor Edin Velez, coordinator of NCAS’ Video Production Program. “This new space allows us to expand the number of classes offered and sections taught to make our program more accessible—all while feeing up slots in the video-editing suite for our students.”

Velez says there are plans to expand not only production but also theoretical film-study classes so students come away with a firm grounding in both technical skills and film theory and history. That is especially important for NCAS students to help them compete on the job market once they graduate.

He also stresses the accessibility factor, citing the number of non-majors from other schools on campus who have come to him, wanting to take video production classes, but who couldn’t because of space constraints, financial hardship, or parental pressure.

He says that NCAS’ new curriculum requirements—students now need a major and minor, or two majors, to graduate—plus the program’s expansion, means that he’ll now be able to accommodate more non-majors.

“Everyone gets how central video is to our culture now. Now these non-majors—many of whom take our classes very seriously, by the way—have good reason to follow their dream because of the new NCAS curriculum requirements,” says Velez.

He says the best-case scenario is that the video production program will become a popular second minor while continuing to be an important major program, adding that the last two NCAS administrations have enabled the Video Program to flourish and grow.

“[NCAS] Dean Jan Lewis has been wonderful in her support for our program,” says Velez. “She understands the need for a high-quality video program to benefit the entire campus. We couldn’t have done this expansion without her.”