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Career Facts

What They Do:

A career in Digital Media, Audio, and Cinema can take many directions, ranging in focus from cinematography and video editing to audio recording and sound design. In most cases, professionals in this field work in the area of production and post-production. That is, they work behind the scenes to help shoot, light, and edit, television shows, short films, commercials, music videos, documentaries, and cinematic features and or record, mix and produce audio CD's, musical scores, sound tracks, foley effects, dialogue, etc.

Professionals in this field are very hands-on and work with a variety of tools. A typical day "on the set" or in the "post house" will find people pulling and patching cables, moving lights, operating cameras, computers and mixing consoles, setting up mics, climbing ladders, pushing dollies, laying track, holding boom poles, and much, much more. In the end, they do what has to be done to get the job done!

What Types of Skills Are Required:

A career in Digital Media, Audio, and Cinema demands a strong commitment to team based collaboration, effective communication, and maintaining a strong and positive mental attitude. Furthermore, successful professionals are patient, accurate, detail oriented, and work well with others; including co-workers, actors/talent, and clients.

The industry also requires a firm foundation in general computer skills (operating, troubleshooting, maintaining) and software applications relating to non-linear video/audio editing, CD/DVD authoring, video/audio compression, etc.

Where Employed:

Professionals in the Digital Media, Audio, and Cinema industry are employed by independent television stations, local affiliate stations of television networks or broadcast groups, large cable and television networks, or smaller independent production companies. About 17 percent of camera operators and film editors are self-employed. Many self-employed camera operators/editors contract with television networks, documentary or independent filmmakers, advertising agencies, or trade show or convention sponsors to work on individual projects for a set fee, often at a daily rate.

Most of the salaried camera operators and editors are employed by television broadcasting stations and or motion picture studios. More than half of the salaried film and video editors work for motion picture studios. Most camera operators and editors work in large metropolitan areas.

How Many Jobs Available:

Television, video, and motion picture camera operators and editors held about 47,000 jobs in 2006. About 27,000 were camera operators and film and video editors held about 21,000 jobs.

What degrees are offered at LCC?

The Digital Media, Audio, and Cinema program offers a variety of degrees and certificates including (2) A.A.S. Degrees, (4) Certificate of Achievements, and (4) Certificates of Completion. Visit the DMAC curriculum page for more information.

Associates in Applied Science

Digital Media Specialist, AAS
Digital Media Technology, AAS

Certificate of Achievement

Digital Media

Certificate of Completion

Audio Production
Desktop Media
Post Production

For more detailed information, contact the Dept office at 483-1546.

Digital Media, Audio and Cinema at Lansing Community College

Communication, Media and the Arts Department
Gannon Bldg, Room 1222
Phone: (517) 483-1546
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