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Our small course sizes ensure individual attention and hands-on instruction

Public Access stations are important to members of the community because they provide a forum to all. The key to our success is the public interest and the involvement of residents in the community. Whether you’re interested in television production, hosting your own radio show, or just expanding your knowledge and skills with contemporary media and cutting edge technology, FPA will provide you with access to the tools you need in pursuing your goals.

Class registration is available for all active FPA members.  Our courses vary in length from a single 3-hour session to workshops lasting 10 sessions.  Prices range from $35 to $500 dollars. However, most are in the $100 to $300 range.

For more information or to register for a class please contact the Training Department at 571.749.1102 or at jerausquin@fcac.org.

 

 

Course Flow Chart

CORE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

For those with a production background interested in learning FPA’s newest field equipment, this workshop teaches the essential operation features of the JVC HM600, 650 & 850 cameras. Capable of recording in either SD or HD, the class is designed to teach students hands-on use of these cameras and their related field accessories such as tripods, mics and light kits.  

(Beginner students interested in learning both the field camera equipment and proper field production planning procedures should consider registering in the Field Package course instead).

Prerequisite: Studio Camera  

Required: Purchase of SD card

3 sessions: 3 hours each

Min students: 3 / Max students: 8

Formerly called Production Assistant, this intro class provides hands-on training in the operation of FPA's studio cameras and a basic overview of Studio B.  By attending this course the participant becomes proficient enough to volunteer as a camera operator on studio shows produced at FPA and can begin to earn production experience.  At the completion of the class and volunteer requirement, you will be certified as a camera operator for Studios A & B. 

This course is a prerequisite for most TV Production classes.

Prerequisite: Orientation

1 session: 3 hours

Certification requires the completion of volunteering on 1 FPA show.

Min. Students: 3

Max. Students: 9

For those interested in producing their own television shows using our facilities and/or equipment, this 6-hour class teaches the participants the pre‑production, production and post‑production responsibilities of an FPA TV Producer.  The class covers all key policies and procedures, along with crew planning needs, which students need to learn and prepare for in order to successfully produce their own programs. Completion of this class is a requirement for approval of an FPA television program proposal.

Prerequisite: Studio Camera

Certification requires passing the producer test.                          

2 sessions: 3 hours each

Min students: 2

Max students: 9

Studio Package is an eight week, 24 hour course that provides hands-on training in all the equipment elements needed to help produce a television program at FPA.  Key crew positions covered include camera operations, lighting, set-design, audio operations, character generator/Deko, chroma key/green screen, technical directing and proper tape planning.  If you would like to know how to create a show in studios A or B–whether it’s a talk show, sports, news or interview segments, then this is the class for you.  By the end of this course you will be certified in the use of all the studio and control room equipment and authorized to volunteer in equipment positions for studio A/B.

Prerequisite: Studio Camera

8 sessions: 3 hours each

Certification requires the completion of 1 volunteer session in a control room equipment position.

Min students: 3

Max students: 8

Learn the key concepts of electronic field productions - from pre-production planning to on-site preparation - all while learning the use of the latest field television camera equipment at FPA.  The class uses a mix of lectures with hands-on demonstrations to teach items such as proper camerawork, lighting, and audio recording techniques. This is a key course for those FPA students interested in using FPA field equipment to produce a show outside a formal television studio in order to record field interviews and/or documentary style projects.  Upon completion, students are certified in the use of FPA’s field camera equipment and accessories. Use of this equipment is authorized for volunteer purposes or for those working on their own approved FPA program.

(Class fee includes course textbook)

Prerequisite: Studio Camera

Required: Purchase of 1 SD Card

8 sessions: 3 hours each

Certification requires the completion of class project.

Min students: 3 / Max students: 8

This class is designed to teach students how to operate our latest state of the art “virtual set” studio and become certified in all major technical crew positions found in Studio C (Technical Director, Audio Operator, CG/Graphics and Teleprompter operator. Learn all the components of Studio C and take advantage of creating a show in a virtual setting.  Such advantages include a faster set up time, small crew requirements and creating picture-in-picture effects.

Prerequisite: Studio Camera

6 sessions: 3 hours each

Min students: 3

Max students: 5

This course is designed to teach the basics in radio operations: operating the radio board, the use and mixing of multiple sources and the proper on-air presentation. You will also learn how to develop a 30 sec promo. You will be required to prepare a few mini-radio shows and present them live, on-air as the class progresses. Upon completion of the class students are certified as FPA Radio Producers and will be able to start show of their own.

Prerequisite: Orientation & knowledge of basic computer concepts.

6 sessions:  3 hours each

Certification requires the completion of class project.

Min students: 3

Max students: 5

Audacity is a free software program that will let you edit your audio files quickly - available for both PC’s or MACS.   During this 3 hour audio editing workshop, you will learn to develop your audio abilities by editing audio files, mixing music, voice, and sound effects while learning the operations of this easy-to-use multitrack editor. You will also learn how to apply special effects such as reverb, echo, and frequency equalization. This program can be downloaded from http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/). Students will need to have an external storage device such as flash drive to save the class project.

Pre-requisites: Orientation & Knowledge of basic Computer concepts.

1 session: 3 hours

Min students: 2

Max students: 6

In this workshop you will learn the basics of digital recording, audio editing, and processing -as well as mixing voice with sound effects and music- using the industry standard Adobe Audition CC program. The class is designed to teach the necessary skills to edit radio shows or creating audio promos. Furthermore, you’ll gain an understanding on how to prepare audio files for podcasting or web purposes.  Upon completion of this course, use of this equipment is authorized for volunteer purposes or for those working on their own approved FPA program.

We highly recommend beginner students take our Radio Production course first to learn all the capabilities available in our Radio Fairfax and WRLD Radio studios prior to registering in this class.

(Class fee includes course textbook)

Prerequisite: Orientation & Knowledge of computer concepts.

6 sessions: 3 hours each

Min students: 3

Max students: 6

Avid Media Composer 8 provides students with exposure to the core skills, workflows, and concepts involved in using this high-end professional non-linear video editing program. It covers the new timeline direct tools, layouts and interface, mixing frame sizes and aspect ratios, video capturing and project management. Sessions are divided between demonstration and hands-on practice, with dedicated lab time in order to complete a short final project. For those that are interested in learning this program whether it’s for personal use, for work, or to help them in the professional field a familiarity with computers and basic knowledge of editing is recommended.

(Class fee includes course textbook)

Prerequisite: Orientation

8 sessions: of 3 hours each

Required: Students must have their own external hard-drive for the course

Certification requires the completion of class project.

Min students: 2 / Max students: 6

Beginners in video editing might prefer to start with our Adobe Premiere class instead.

Adobe Premiere Pro is a real-time computer video editing software application applicable to both beginner enthusiasts and those working in the professional field.  Our Adobe Premiere class has been designed for new students in mind in order to teach them the essential editing techniques and functions of this program. Some of the items that will be covered in the class include the basics of capturing video and audio, project management, trimming sequences, video generating, creating titles, and final outputting - including laying back to videotape.  Note: some class time will be dedicated to review the FPA computer lab rules and procedures.  

Class fee includes course textbook

Prerequisite: Orientation & knowledge of basic computer concepts.

Certification requires the completion of class project.

6 sessions: of 3 hours each

Min students: 2

Max students: 6


ADDITIONAL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Adobe After Effects is an industry standard digital post-production program that provides a comprehensive set of 2D and 3D tools for creating graphic animations and effects used for broadcast television, web, and other video production needs.  Using the program, you can composite layers in various ways and apply and combine sophisticated visual effects to enhance a presentation, image, or particular video project. Through the use of class demonstrations and practice sessions, this course is designed to teach the essential functions of this program to beginners and those with editing experience alike. 

Class fee includes course textbook

Prerequisite: Orientation session.  Knowledge of basic computer non-linear video editing is recommended. We also recommend each student to bring their own external hard-drive as part of the course.

Certification requires the completion of class project

6 sessions: 3 hours each

Min students: 2

Max students: 6

FPA’s HD flypack unit is now ready and available for use for various types of field productions. The flypack is designed to perform the same functions as a typical TV studio control room; giving producers the ability to use two or more switchable cameras with the added benefits of controlling all audio and creating or inserting key graphic elements, such as transitions or lower third graphics in real time, all during the actual on-location shoot.

Note: To conduct a successful field production using the flypack the understanding of field camera productions and studio technical directing procedures is recommended. 

Prerequisite: Field Package, JVC Seminar, Studio C or Studio Package

3 sessions: 3 hours each

Min students: 2 / Max students: 5

Social media is a broad term and this particular workshop is designed to help our current and future producers find ways to use the multitude of available online tools to properly promote and market their program.  The course will touch on items such as branding, using open web sources to create startup sites, and locating resources online to network and establish a following.

Prerequisite: Orientation & Knowledge of basic computer concepts.

Recommendation: Students should be FPA TV or Radio producers with active shows

2 sessions: of 3 hours each

Min students: 2 

Max students: 6

Great looking shows must incorporate great audio to be successful.  This course is designed to help achieve that by teaching fundamental ways to improve studio audio productions.  Learn professional techniques of selecting microphones, positioning them on the set and talent, testing microphones in sound checks, and monitoring audio during production. 

Prerequisite:  Studio Camera

Certification requires the completion of 1 volunteer audio assignment.

2 sessions: 3 hours

Min students: 2

Max students: 5

Learn about the use of both the technical director switcher system and use of the teleprompter equipment for studio A and B productions.  TD is a key position needed for any TV Studio Production (for studio C, please refer to the Studio C course). Students will learn how to properly operate the switcher, become acquainted with the terminology and duties associated with this crew position, and learn the group dynamics involved in working with the Director & Producer. As an added item, the class will also review the basic operation functions of the teleprompter system.

Prerequisite: Studio Camera

Certification requires the completion of 1 volunteer TD assignment.

2 sessions: 3 hours each

Min students: 3

Max students: 6

Appearance is one of the most influential factors in the audience’s initial decision concerning the credibility of the performer!  Learn all about the essential makeup application techniques and supplies and tools needed to help on-air talent personalities look their best.   To look effective on camera, makeup application will not only enhance your production, it will give the performer the added confidence they need to help make the show a success.

Prerequisite: Orientation (beginner level course)

3 sessions: 3 hours each

Min students: 2

Max students: 8

Learn about the character generator graphic system and how to prepare graphic templates for studio A and B productions. Students will be taught CG theory, file structure, graphic creation (compositions, lower third graphics, and opening & closing credit rolls), along with sequencing (creating sequences, editing sequences, & sequence shortcuts). This course allows students to become proficient enough to volunteer as character generator graphic operators in A and B studio productions.

Pre-requisite: Studio Camera & Knowledge of basic computer concepts.

Certification requires the completion of 1 volunteer CG/Teleprompter assignment. 

2 sessions: 3 hours each          

Min students: 3

Max students: 6

Do you want to create exceptional images, design a logo for your program, or alter and improve a photograph? This class is designed to teach you raster graphics and masking, improved layer controls, layer styles, typographic control, drawing tools, text warping, and image distortion tools. Join us and learn more about the benefits of using Adobe Photoshop to create or enhance your graphics.

(Class fee includes course textbook)

Prerequisite: Orientation & knowledge of basic computer concepts.

Certification requires the completion of class project.

6 sessions: of 3 hours each

Min students: 2

Max students: 6

Learn the basic fundamentals of Apple Motion by designing and customizing animated effects for your video projects. Record motion and changes in real time and apply behaviors to objects without tedious key framing.  Motion revolutionizes motion graphics the way Final-Cut Pro revolutionized non-linear editing.

(Book included: Motion 5)

It is highly recommended that students be familiar with video editing prior to this class.

Prerequisite: Orientation

6 sessions: 3 hours each

Min students: 2

Max students: 5

Refine your skills as a presenter and interviewer.  Learn how to create the best “you” and the best environment for you. Maximize your on-camera impact. Learn how to present your best self, vocally and visually, and how to evaluate the set and make it work for your program objectives. Learn how to pre-interview your guests.

Prerequisite: Orientation

4 sessions: 3 hours each

Min students: 2

Max students: 8

In this Voiceover class, you will begin to build the skills needed to obtain greater command of your on-mic voice in order to create compelling voice-overs. By the end of the class, students will have practiced the art of cold readings and effective reading skills for voiceovers.  Students will learn the art of narration, commercials, political spots and what constitutes a good demo in this fast paced class.

Prerequisite: Orientation

4 sessions: 3 hours each

Min students: 2

Max students: 5

This workshop is geared for the motivated producer interested in learning the essential elements and importance of script writing as a way to develop their television show ideas. Topics covered include conceptualizing the idea, understanding script formats’ terms and concepts, and an overview of the role of script writing in the industry.

Prerequisite: Studio Camera & it is recommended for students to complete the Producer’s Workshop prior to this class

4 sessions: of 3 hours each

Min students: 2 / Max students: 6

This course is designed as a continuation to our Adobe Premiere Essentials course and is intended to highlight some of the more advanced features of the program.  Students will also learn time-saving tips and ways on how to streamline their workflow. Topics that will be covered include cuts and transitions, keyframing, video and audio filters, chroma key, alpha channels, and multi-camera editing.

Prerequisite: Adobe Premiere CC Essentials

4 sessions: of 3 hours each

Min students: 2

Max students: 6

This is a combined demonstration and lecture workshop designed to cover the proper setup and functions of the lighting grid for those producing a program in Studio B. Topics include: usage of the lighting console, equipment essentials, planning a lighting scheme, 3 point lighting systems, routine safety practices, plus the use of barn doors and color gels. The overall goal is to improve the visual quality of shows using this studio.

Prerequisite: Studio Camera

Certification requires the completion of 1 volunteer lighting assignment.

1 sessions: 3 hours

Min students: 2

Max students: 6

Min students: 3 / Max students: 8


FPA SUMMER CAMPS FOR TEENS (ages: 12-18)

Do you want to be on television and learn all about the behind-the-scenes secrets?  Join us and see how much fun it can be! TV101 introduces youth, from ages 12 to 18, to all aspects of television production. There is a lot of effort involved in putting together a production; teamwork and preparedness are key to producing a successful show.  Each program created as part of the camps will only be as good as the crew involved, therefore, we are looking for the best, most dedicated students interested to learn about this exciting media.

Download the Summer Camp Registration forms here.

Choose between the two different camps.

TV 101 Studio Camp: includes instruction in pre-production, scriptwriting, teleprompter, lighting, camera, set design, on-air talent, computer graphics, technical directing and non-linear editing. Learn the basics of how to create a studio TV production and create a half-hour program that will air on Channel 10!                          

(This is a 2 week camp: Monday thru Friday, 8am-12pm)

 

TV 101 Field Camp: participants will get hands on training using the JVC HD Pro field cameras and accessories while learning how to conceptualize and produce an electronic field production project. Classroom facilities will be booked for each session, however, a great deal of time will be spent outdoors gathering the footage for the show. During post-production students will learn the basics of non-linear edit and create a half-hour program that will air on Channel 10.                                                       .                                                              .

(This is a 2 week camp: Monday thru Friday, 9am-1pm)

*Additional information:

The TV 101 Studio and Field camp fees include a 1 year FPA membership.

(Book included: The Bare Bones Camera Course for Film and Video)

Prerequisites: Orientation

Students will cover 10 sessions of 4 hours each day and completion of a class project. 

Parent's permission required for youths between 12-18 years old. 

To register please contact the Training Department or mail in the appropriate camp registration and parental consent forms. 

FPA offers a 5% early registration discount for our 2016 Television Teen Summer Camps.  In order to qualify for the discount all paperwork including registration forms, parental consent forms and payments must be received by May 31st, 2016. 

TV 101 camp discount Fee = $475.00

Since its inception, radio has had a great impact in the culture of the world. Music, news & conversation, storytelling & humor; radio has an impact in all things and continues to do so. 

In our WRLD Radio Summer Camp students will write, produce, direct, edit promos, and work towards creating their very own radio show. Class time is non-traditional with a mix of workshops, in class discussions and hands-on training.  During the camp, students will understand the needs of each radio show genre and review the specific requirements for each.  In addition, students will know how a radio studio works, take part in workshops devoted to the use of the radio board, develop scripts for radio news, weather report, and/or produce voice-over segments.  Students will also learn how to interview their peers and review the art of audio editing using Adobe Audition. During the camp, students will rotate and share key production roles as they bring these projects together and create their very own radio show.

(This is a 1-week Camp: Monday thru Friday, 9am-1pm)

*Additional information:

The WRLD radio camp fee includes a 1 year FPA membership. 

Prerequisites: Orientation

Students will cover 5 sessions of 4 hours each day & completion of a class project. 

Parent’s permission required for youths between 12-18 years old. 

To register please contact the Training Department or mail in the appropriate camp registration form and parental consent form. 

FPA offers a 5% early registration discount for our 2016 WRLD Radio Teen Summer Camps.  In order to qualify for the discount all paperwork including registration forms, parental consent forms and payments must be received by May 31st, 2016. 

WRLD Radio camp discount Fee = $332.50


REFRESHER & RECERTIFICATION WORKSHOPS

If you have taken prior courses with us at FPA but life’s busy schedule has kept you from using the equipment frequently, our refresher and recertification courses are ideal for students who wish to familiarize themselves with the equipment once again.  Students receive a 1-on-1 hands-on review with the instructor in each of these 2-hour review and recertification sessions. Fee $75 each.

Prerequisite: Previously been certified in either Final Cut Pro, Premiere or Avid.

1 session: 2 hours

Workshop scheduled by appointment with the Training Department

Price: $75

Prerequisite: previously been certified in this class  

1 session: 2 hours

Workshop scheduled by appointment with Training Dept.

Price: $75

Prerequisite: previously been certified in this class  

1 session: 2 hours

Workshop scheduled by appointment with Training Dept.

Price: $75

Prerequisite: previously been certified in this class  

1 session: 2 hours

Workshop scheduled by appointment with Training Dept.

Price: $75

Prerequisite: previously been certified in this class  

1 session: 2 hours

Workshop scheduled by appointment with Training Dept.

Price: $75


TECHNCIAL PROFICIENCY TESTS

Students with prior video editing experience can register to be tested on our non-linear editing equipment (our computer lab is currently set up with, Premiere CC and Avid Media Composer 8). Once certified, you will be allowed to use our Edit 1 lab computers to work on your FPA show or other projects that will air at our station.

Prerequisites: None

1 session: 2 hours

Schedule test by appointment with the Training Department

Price: $75

Are you looking to become a certified FPA Studio Producer? If you have prior experience and wish to quickly be certified in the use of our equipment, then this opportunity is for you. Our proficiency test consists of a hands-on studio equipment test and a short written exam.  Note: FPA has a separate tests; one test for Studios A & B, and a separate test for Studio C. Students must select which one to complete.

Prerequisites: None

1 session: 2 hours

Schedule test by appointment with the Training Department.

Price: $75

Are you looking to become a certified FPA Field Producer? If you have prior experience and wish to quickly be certified in the use of our equipment then this opportunity is for you. Our proficiency test consists of a hands-on Field equipment test and a short written exam.  

Prerequisites: None

1 session: 2 hours

Schedule test by appointment with Training Dept.

Price: $75

Are you looking to become a certified FPA Radio Producer? If you have prior experience and wish to quickly be certified in the use of our equipment then this opportunity is for you. Our proficiency test consists of a hands-on radio studio equipment test and a short written exam.  

Prerequisites: None

1 session: 2 hours

Schedule test by appointment with Training Dept.

Price: $75