Digital Media Production

Do you have a passion for communication through storytelling? By studying at Dordt, you’ll be prepared to enter the workforce as a visual communicator—in Hollywood, advertising, public relations, or a non-profit platform.

As a digital media production major, you’ll gain skills in lighting techniques, script writing, capturing and editing audio and video, conceptualizing ideas, and writing scripts.

You’ll learn how to sharpen your skills and live as a Christian in one of the most influential fields: the world of media.

 

 

Program Options

Learning by doing is a major component of the digital media production program at Dordt. Students in the program are introduced to digital nonlinear editing technology in Introduction to Film and Video Production. You will begin shooting and editing after a few weeks of practice on the lab's state-of-the-art cameras and post-production workstations.

Students work on semester projects in groups of two, with each person editing at his or her own work station. Each team has access to hundreds of gigabytes of drive space for the creation of video projects.

Advanced students can work with Dordt's production company, Prairie Grass Productions, on projects for corporate and non-profit clients, earning hands-on experience in producing video according to customer specifications.

The program also offers cross-disciplinary opportunities in courses like Acting for Film, Script Writing, and more.

Built on Dordt's excellent Core Program, graduates leave Dordt with marketable visual communication skills, a reel, and a Christian foundation that will help them make a positive contribution in the world of digital media production.

Opportunities

With its Avid and Premiere lab, Dordt has one of the premiere post-production facilities in this part of the nation. Avid is the industry standard for cutting and editing film and video; 90 percent of what you watch on TV and in theaters is cut on Avid.

Instead of having each Avid editing system locked to one computer and hard drive, Dordt's Avid editing stations are all tied into an Avid ISIS, with 64 TB of storage space, providing the ultimate in collaborative filmmaking. For example, if a team shoots 15 hours of raw footage, the video is saved on the ISIS, allowing each team member on each Avid editing system to draw from the same footage and all work on the same project at the same time. That's how Hollywood does it, and that's how you'll learn at Dordt, unlike at most major colleges and universities.

We also use the full Adobe suite of products, including Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, Audition, plus Sonic Fire Pro, Sorenson Squeeze, Final Draft, and more.

We reserve our Digital Media Lab only for digital media and graphic design students. As one of those majors, your electronic key (fob) gives you access 24/6—so you can work to your heart's content. Couches, big windows, even a fridge compliment the lab, making it your home away from dorm!

In addition, a tech-enabled instructor's podium is linked to ceiling-mounted HD projectors with a 16-foot screen and 7:1 surround sound, allowing students seated at either PC or Mac workstations to watch the instructor in action. The Adobe suite of products, which allow for animation, graphic design, professional DVD production and web design, give students complete control of every aspect of media production.

Dordt's Digital Media Production department believes in preparing students for the real world, which means we have the best gear out there. HD cameras with interchangable lenses for that total cinematic look are standard here. So is shooting in 4.6k on the latest cameras available. Dollies, LED light kits, jibs, sliders, shotgun mics, wireless mics, heavy tripods-everything you need to make award winning films-is here.

We routinely travel with our gear to location shoots far and near. "Near" might include shooting a commercial or promotional film for a business right here in the Midwest. "Far" might include a shoot in South Africa, Mexico, Guatemala, or India. You can't learn this to be a film maker by just talking about it. The more media products you make, the better you become. The better you get, the more marketable you are.

Learn More

Check out our program strengths and get to know our facilities.

Bruce Kuiper

Bruce Kuiper
Associate Professor of Communication

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(712) 722-6259
Bruce.Kuiper@dordt.edu

Mark Volkers

Mark Volkers
Digital Media Production Instructor
Department Chair

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(712) 722-6231
Mark.Volkers@dordt.edu

Kae Van Engen

Kae Van Engen
Assistant Adjunct - Communication

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(712) 722-6258
Kae.VanEngen@dordt.edu