Course Syllabus

Welcome to Intro to TV Video

Course Description: This course will teach students the basic use of video cameras, tripods, microphones and other video equipment. Further objectives include learning video composition techniques, learning video editing software (Adobe Premiere Pro), analyzing different media sources and supporting the school community through service.

Students will work individually and in groups throughout the semester. While most of our work will be done within the class period, there will be times when you will need to complete projects in your free time. You may check out equipment after school or on weekends if you have proved your competence with the equipment.


Grades will be based on the following criteria:   

  • Quality: The quality of your work and the effort you put into each assignment.
  • Conduct: Student are expected to follow all rules in the class such as using appropriate language in videos, asking permission to film others, care of equipment such as not having food/drinks near any equipment or computers and cooperation and respect for classmates. Conduct in class, along with what you film, should be consistent with Wellesley’s core values. Violation of any of the above rules may result in the removal from this class.
  • Effort: If you are respectful to others, follow rules, ask questions, take care of equipment and attempt to be creative and complete your projects, you will do well. 
  • Morning Announcements/Community Service: We expect you to meet your obligation to assist with the morning announcements filming at 7:30 on Thursdays or film a minimum of one sporting or school event per semester. School events include filming in-school assemblies, after-school meetings, performing arts events or any other opportunities approved by Mrs. Spilka. 

Equipment use: Equipment must be used with care and computer directions MUST be followed. This includes not changing the desktop or items on the desktop, not touching other students’ projects and not deleting projects. Computers are for editing and not games or YouTube videos that are unrelated to the class. Not following these directions or misusing the equipment will prevent future use and may result in removal from the class.

Equipment checkout & return: Any equipment that leaves the studio must be checked and approved by the teacher. You must record the type of equipment on the clipboard. In order to continue to borrow equipment, it must be returned the following morning.