IAM students become highly proficient digital storytellers by taking courses with award-winning filmmakers, producers, journalists, and practicing artists. The courses are formatted as intensive training tracks with real-world projects so that each student can get the most from their classes.
Our students have the opportunity to produce videos and other projects at Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network, which include work in the CPTV studios and in off-site productions with CPBN Education.
We offer courses in Video Production and Editing, Illustrator, Graphic Arts and Digital Design, and Documentary Storytelling.
Please check course listings below for more information.
The deadline to enroll for Graphic Arts and Digital Design (GADD), Project Management (PM), Video Production (VP) and Video Editing (VE) is February 1, 2018.
Thursdays, 6-8 PM (12 Weeks)
Two Senior Project Managers administer these seminars to prepare post 9/11 veterans, spouses, and caretakers for the CAPM/PMP exam. Graduates will be reimbursed for the exam price ($300-$450).
Seminars are free and they begin February 8th and end on April 26th 2018. One (1) absence is allowed and work must be made up. February 1st, 2018 is the deadline to enroll: paperwork/application completed and sent to Jennifer Worhle; firstname.lastname@example.org or 1049 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105.
A tangible project is planned and executed by our PM students. When you’re not in class, we recommend setting aside 3-5 hours of studying, reading, researching, emailing, and making phone calls with your team members, the instructors and staff every week.
PM books used (no cost):
1. CAPM Exam Prep 3rd Edition
2. PMBOK Guide 6th Edition
3. Rita Mulcahy’s Hot Topics 8th Edition
4. CAPM 150 Question Sample Exam (John Tracy)
Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-8:30 PM (8 Weeks)
Eight (8) weeks of camera composition, lighting techniques, visual storytelling, and audio skills to shoot video projects with DSLR cameras. Class runs every Monday and Wednesday from 5:30pm-8:30pm and lab opens at 3pm. Start date is March 5, 2018.
The primary goal of this course is to prepare students to use the audio and video medium to create compelling, abstract stories. Students will learn about the different aspects of Visual Storytelling. They will understand the fundamentals of good visual composition and develop the ability to properly shoot video in the field.
- Tell simple stories using audio and video medium
- Understand the fundamentals of good visual composition
- Be able to demonstrate a grasp of basic composition techniques
- Develop an ability to properly shoot video and gather audio in the field
- Think analytically about image making in conjunction with storytelling
Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-8:30 PM (8 weeks)
Eight (8) weeks of digital editing on Adobe Premiere Pro (option to sit for exam to earn ACA certification). Class runs every Monday and Wednesday from 5:30pm-8:30pm and lab opens at 3pm. Start date is April 30, 2018.
The primary goal of this course is to prepare students to use the audio and video medium to create compelling, abstract stories. Students will learn to perform basic to intermediate editing tasks on a professional, digital, non-linear system. Students will explore storytelling tools such as pacing, tone, rhythm, unity and juxtaposition, as well as technical aspects such as cleanly cutting, synching, normalizing, organizing, and compressing. Students, from this course, will learn skills needed to complete Premiere Adobe Certified Associate certification exam.
- Tell simple stories using audio and video medium
- Perform basic to intermediate editing task on a digital non-linear editing system
- Organize files on projects of various scales
- Identify various media file types and their uses
- Manipulate existing assets to create deeper meaning
- Think analytically about image manipulation in conjunction with storytelling
Embedded within the Video Production and Video Editing classes, students practice and apply the applications learned by developing a portfolio of professional projects. Additionally, the Video Lab will include guest lectures and critique sessions with professionals. Job shadowing, internships, and other professional experiences are additional experiences available to students through a competitive process.
Graphic Arts and Digital Design
Tuesdays, 5:30-8:30 PM (16 weeks)
Sixteen (16) weeks of training in Adobe Photoshop and InDesign to create and edit digital graphics for web and print. This course prepares students for the Adobe Certification and professional portfolio development. Class runs every Tuesday from 5:30pm-8:30pm and lab opens at 3pm. Start date is March 6, 2018.
Goals and Objectives:
This course is intended to provide intensive training in the creation and editing of digital graphics for print and web in the industry-standard applications of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign. Students will be able to apply creative, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills across computer media by demonstrating a working knowledge of the applications, demonstrating an understanding of design and composition, understanding how creative processes are integrated in the production of digital graphics, and demonstrating an appreciation of digital graphic design as an art form and a means of communication.
Students will be proficient in the use of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign, and have a working knowledge of the integration of these applications in the graphic design process. Students will know how to problem-solve and be creative and critical thinkers as they create graphics and communicate ideas using their acquired skills and vocabulary in each of these applications and as they utilize a working knowledge of design and composition.
Digital Arts Lab:
Embedded within the Digital Arts, students practice and apply the applications learned by developing a portfolio of professional projects. Additionally, the Digital Arts Lab will include guest speakers and project critique sessions. Job shadowing, internships, and other professional experiences are additional experiences available to students through a competitive process.
Students will be prepared for the Adobe Certified Associate in Visual Communications using Photoshop. Students will have a portfolio of work and be qualified for entry-level jobs in the graphic design and media industries.
Open Critique Day
Available by appointment only
Graphic Design reviews: The first Monday of every month between the hours of 4:30pm – 6:30pm; 15 minute reviews for 1 (one) graphic design project and 30 minute reviews of a completed portfolio of at least 6 pieces.
Present a completed graphic design project for a 15 minute critique to assess the effectiveness of your visual communication; you may present anything from posters to flyers to web pages. Bring a portfolio of at least 6 finished pieces and have your digital files handy on a flash drive.
Video Production reviews: The first Monday of every month between the hours of 4:30pm – 6:30pm; 15 minute critiques.
Bring completed or draft projects in for a 15 minute critique of story and technique or to answer a specific technical question submitted beforehand.All projects should be exports of the current project state in an MP4 format. Any videos longer than 3 minutes should be provided to the instructor via web transfer at least 24 hours before the meeting. Project files and assets should be brought only if there is a specific technical question. Longer meetings may be requested when appropriate, but must be approved by the instructor prior to critique day.
Career Services reviews: The first Monday of every month between the hours of 1:30pm – 3:30pm; 15-30 minute in-person and phone appointments for the following:
- Resume/cover letter review – must be completed and emailed 24 hours prior to scheduled appointment
- Social media profile reviews – profile/s must be created prior to scheduled appointment
- In person and phone mock interviews – Treated like a real interview; we do not know each other
- Goal setting – A plan will be created. Goals must be emailed 48 hours prior to scheduled appointment
- Networking/Job searching techniques – How to start/keep track/ build/follow up