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Television and Video Production

  • Available as a concentration
    The small screen offers big possibilities for those who aspire to change the world. With a career in television or video production, you will have the power to reach millions with the messages they need to see to believe.
  • At Olivet, you will receive the training and experience to set you up for a successful career in TV or video production.

    Television/Video Production is a concentration within Multimedia Communication.

    At Olivet, you can:  

    • Learn the fundamentals of television production – cameras, audio, lighting, studio work, field work and editing.
    • Produce short films, music videos, news programs and other creative projects. 
    • Learn how to write a script and organize a production, shoot it, and edit the final version. 
    • Work for Access ONU, our campus news magazine: producing, reporting, anchoring or as a behind-the-scenes director, technical director, editor or production assistant.
    • Use cameras from our fleet of high-end equipment, including HD, DSLRs and GoPro cameras, beginning your freshman year.
    • Work in editing suites equipped with the industry-leading software packages, Adobe Creative Cloud,  and Final Cut software. 
    • Take photography courses to enhance your training. Work in the on-campus still photo studio. 
    • And so much more

    Benefit from the skills and knowledge of professors who are already successful in the professional world. 

    • Professor Mark Bishop has worked as a weather broadcaster for TV networks in Chicago; Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska; and Rockford, Illinois.
    • Dr. Heather (Attig) McLaughlin is an award-winning video producer certified in Final Cut Pro 7 and Color, well-versed in Adobe products, CMS, and proficient in the operation of HD video and still cameras.
    • Professor Jerry Cohagan has performed in theatre productions and commercials nationwide.

    Additional Opportunities

    Spend a semester in Los Angeles at the L.A. Film Studies Center (LAFSC), earning credit toward your Olivet degree. Take film courses and intern on a movie set, television show or at an animation center.

    Become a member of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association’s official honor society.


    This major requires you to complete an internship. Check out our recommendations or find your own exciting opportunities.

    Previous internships include:

    Chicago: Towers Productions, an Emmy-award winning production house; ABC News; Fox News; Chicago Bears; CLTV (Chicagoland Television News); SRN (Sports Radio Network); TLN (Total Living Network); O’Connor Casting Agency; Comcast Sports Network; and others.

    Hollywood: Warner Brothers; Paramount Pictures; Sony Pictures Imageworks; Ridley Scott & Associates; Sander Moses Productions; International Creative Management; Starz Media Group-Film Roman; Trailer Park; “Driving Force” (A&E); Greenhouse Productions; Hollywood Connect; Hollywood Prayer Network; New Link Media (; Special Effects Unlimited; American Humane Association; and others.

    Across the country: ABC News, Boston, Dallas and Champaign, Ill.; CBS News, South Bend, Ind., and Champaign, Ill.; Indianapolis Motor Speedway Productions; Fox Sports Network and Fox News, St. Louis; CMT (Country Music Television), Nashville; NBC News, Milwaukee and Cincinnati; Camp TV, Carrollton, Texas; PBS, Indianapolis; and others.


    This program is for you if you:   

    • have a strong desire to express your ideas through multimedia. 
    • want to work in a vast and growing media industry.
    • see yourself being on camera as an reporter, anchor, host or commentator.
    • are interested in the technical production side of television and video.
    • enjoy video editing.

    Possible television/video production careers: general manager, station manager, operations manager, program director, engineering director, news director, marketing director, production manager, business manager, traffic manager, art director, research director, human resources director, operation technician, maintenance technician, technician director, floor director, film/tape editor, film director, news anchor, news producer, news reporter, news photographer, sportscaster, weathercaster, assignment editor, production assistant, production director, staff artist, traffic/computer operator, broadcast engineer, mixer, media resource manager, public services manager, scriptwriter, AV writer, graphics coordinator, video specialist, production sound mixer, floor manager

    Television/Video Production is part of the Department of Communication within the College of Arts and Sciences

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