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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.

Information regarding free workshops for FPA members can be found here.

Course Flow Chart

CORE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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 public access TV show at FPA, this 6 hour class provides the participants with information regarding the pre-production, production and post-production responsibilities of an FPA TV Producer.  The class covers all key policies and procedures along with crew requirements which students need to learn in order to become certified prior to any program submission. 

Prerequisite: Studio Camera

2 sessions: 3 hours

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 field television production from pre-production planning to on-site preparation, all while learning the use of the latest field television camera equipment at FPA.  This class uses a mix of lectures with hands-on demonstration to teach students proper camerawork, lighting and audio recording techniques. This is a key course for those FPA students interested in using FPA field equipment to produce on location shows, field interviews and/or documentary projects.  Upon completion students are certified in the use of FPA's field camera equipment and accessories, including our Panasonic DVX 100B and JVC HM600 HDPro cameras. Use of this equipment is authorized for volunteer purposes or for those working on their own approved FPA program.

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

Prerequisite: Studio Camera

Required: 1 Mini DV tape and 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 PCs or MACS).  During this 3 hour audio editing workshop, you will learn to develop your audio creativity by recording, editing, and mixing music, voice, and sound effects with this easy-to-use graphic multitrack editor. You will also learn how to apply special effects such as reverb, echo, and frequency equalization. You’ll also learn how to use the available microphone adapters in Edit 1 to record voice over work.

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: 5

In this workshop you will learn the basics of digital recording, editing, and processing, as well as mixing voice with sound effects and music, on Adobe Audition 5.5. These are key skills necessary to edit radio shows or creating audio promos. Plus you’ll gain the ability to record voice over projects in Edit 1 using our microphone adapters or our WRLD recording studios.  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 to 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.

 Prerequisite: Orientation & Knowledge of computer concepts.

6 sessions: 3 hours each

Min students: 3

Max students: 5

Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 is a real-time computer video editing software application which is practical for both beginner enthusiasts and those working in the professional field.  Our Adobe Premier 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/audio, project management, trimming sequences, video generating, creating titles, and final outputting, including laying back to videotape.

(Book included: Premiere in the Classroom)

Prerequisite: Orientation & knowledge of basic computer concepts.

Certification requires the completion of class project.

6 sessions: 3 hours each

Min students: 2

Max students: 5

Avid Media Composer 6 provides students with exposure to the core skills, workflows, and concepts involved in using this high-end professional nonlinear 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 this field a familiarity with computers and basic knowledge of editing is recommended.

 Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Orientation session.  Knowledge of basic computer non-linear video editing is recommended.

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

8 sessions: of 3 hours each

Certification requires the completion of class project.

Min students: 2

Max students: 5

Similar to the Panasonic DVX course, this seminar teaches the essential operation features of the latest FPA field camera. Capable of recording in either SD or HD, the class is designed to teach students hands-on the use of the JVC camera and all its related field accessories.  

Note: Beginner students interesting in learning both sets of FPA field cameras and proper field production planning should consider registering in the Field Package course.

Prerequisite: Studio Camera  

Required:  Mini DV and/or SD card

3 sessions: 3 hours each

Min students: 3

Max students: 8


ADDITIONAL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

This CG Deko for Beginners & Teleprompter class focuses on the basic practical application of the character generation using the Avid Deko 1000. This two- session course will provide hands-on training specifically designed for the operation of the studio graphics software and related graphics components. Students will be taught CG theory, file structure, graphics (creating graphics, composition, editing, centering, plus credit rolls) and sequencing (creating sequences, editing sequences & sequence shortcuts). This course allows students to become proficient enough to volunteer as graphic operators on any FPA show produced in Studios A or B.

At the completion of the class, you will be certified to volunteer as CG Operator in Studios A, B & C.

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

2 sessions: 3 hours each

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

Min students: 3

Max students: 5

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 Adobe Photoshop.

(Book included: Photoshop CS for Dummies)

Prerequisite: Orientation & knowledge of basic computer concepts.

Certification requires the completion of class project.

6 sessions: 3 hours each

Min students: 2

Max students: 5

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

Behind every great radio or TV broadcast, is great writing. This Writing & Interviewing for Radio & TV class will instruct students on the proper skills needed to conduct successful live or taped interviews, crafting the language for your program in ways that will maximize quality. By working with actual examples, students will learn to write effective introductions, and interview questions for use in their programs. 

Note: It is mandatory for students to bring in interview topics they would like to use for their radio or TV shows. Class will work together with the instructor to re-write and improve the samples.

Pre-requisites: FPA Radio or TV Producers

2 sessions: 3 hours each

Min students: 3

Max students: 5

The class will cover FPA’s rules and policies for program underwriting, targeting potential underwriters, writing proposals and letters to potential funders, budget creation, in-kind donations vs. cash, underwriting credits and follow-through.

Prerequisite: FPA certified TV or Radio Producers

1 session: 3 hours

Min students: 3

Max students: 8

A portable unit ideal for field produced programs.  The flypack is designed to perform the same functions as a TV studio control room, giving producers the ability to use up to three switchable cameras, add graphics and create full audio productions in the field.

Prerequisite: Field Package or JVC HM600 Seminar

2 sessions: 3 hours each

Min students: 2

Max students: 4

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

A key position needed for any TV studio production is that of the Technical Director. This class will concentrate on the basics of the switcher for Studios A and B (for Studio C please refer to the Studio C course). The participant will also learn how to properly operate the switcher, become acquainted with the terminology and duties associated with the crew position and learn the group dynamics involved in working with the Director/Producer.

Prerequisite: Studio Camera

2 sessions: 3 hours

Certification requires the completion of 1 volunteer TD assignment.

Min students: 3

Max students: 5

The ability to appear in front of a camera looking one's best is crucial to the success of any production.  Appearance is the most influential factor in the audience's initial decision concerning the credibility of the perfomer!  To look effective on camera, make-up application will not only enhance your production, it will give the performer the added confidence they need. 

Prerequisite: Orientation

2 sessions: 3 hours each

Min. Students: 2

Max. Students: 8

Social media is a broad term and this particular workshop is designed to help our current and future producers find ways to use the host of 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: 3 hours each

Min students: 2

Max students: 5

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, apply and combine sophisticated visual effects to enhance a presentation, image or a particular video project.  Thru 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. 

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

Certification requires the completion of a class project. 

6 sessions: 3 hours each

Min students: 2

Max students: 5


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

TV101 introduces youths from ages 12 to 18 to all aspects of Television Production. Join us for this exciting 2 week course to see what fun the world of television can be! There is a lot of work involved in putting together a program, so you'll be an integral part of the team. Your show will only be as good as each crew member, so be prepared to bring your talents & creativity.

Download the Summer Camp Registration forms here.

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 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: particpants will get hands on training using the Panasonic DVX 100B field cameras and learn how to conceptualize a field project by working in teams of 2.  In addition you will learn how to create a PSA, add lighting, audio elements, narrations, and music to your project.  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 fee includes 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 form and parental consent from. 

FPA is offering a 5% early registration discount for our 2014 Television and 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 30th, 2014. 

-TV 101 Discount Fee = $475.00

WRLD Radio Camp: student groups will write, produce, direct and edit a Radio show.  Class time is non-traditional (a mix of hands on workshops and in class discussions) covering various components from operating the radio board, the use and mixing of multiple sources, and the proper on-air presentation.  Furthermore, students will learn the basics of digital recording and editing using Adobe Audition 3.0.  As they complete these projects students will rotate and share key production roles in order to create their own radio show that will air on Channel 37! 

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

*Additional information: 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. 

Parents 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 is offering a 5% early registration discount for our 2014 Television and 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 30th, 2014.

-WRLD Discount Fee = $332.50


REFRESHER & RECERTIFICATION WORKSHOPS

If you have taken prior courses at FPA (within a year or two) but life's busy schedule has kept you from using the equipment frequently our refresher and recertification workshops are ideal for students that 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 1-2-hour review and recertification sessions.

Prerequisite: previously been certified in this class  

1 session: 1-2 hour

Workshop scheduled by appointment with Training Dept.

Price: $75

Prerequisite: previously been certified in this class  

1 session: 1-2 hour

Workshop scheduled by appointment with Training Dept.

Price: $75

Prerequisite: previously been certified in this class  

1 session: 1-2 hour

Workshop scheduled by appointment with Training Dept.

Price: $75

Prerequisite: previously been certified in this class  

1 session: 1-2 hour

Workshop scheduled by appointment with Training Dept.

Price: $75

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

1 session: 1-2 hours

Workshop scheduled by appointment with the Training Department

Price: $75


TECHNCIAL PROFICIENCY TESTS

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.  

Prerequisites: None

1 session: 1-2 hours

Schedule test by appointment with Training Dept.

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: 1-2 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: 1-2 hours

Schedule test by appointment with Training Dept.

Price: $75

Students with prior video editing experience can register to be tested on our non-linear equipment (our computer lab is currently set up with Final Cut Pro version 7, Adobe Premiere 6, and Avid Media Composer 6).  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 on our stations. 

Prerequisite: None

1 session: 1-2 hours

Schedule test by appointment with the Training Department

Price: $75