QATV Course Offerings

The QATV training program is now organized into two tracks: Studio Production and Field Production. Based on areas of interest, students can take the entire track or select areas of interest within the track.

To register for a class, please call 617-376-1440.

Orientation to Television - A one-session introduction to QATV and the services offered, including responsibilities of membership. This class will introduce you to public access television and give you the “rules of the road.”
Monday, March 2nd at 6:30pm
Wednesday, March 4th at 6:30pm

Orientation to TV is a Prerequisite for all classes

Studio Production - Studio production will ntroduce you to the basics behind producing a studio production.  Participants will be instructed in the basic pre-production (storyboarding, script writing) and production (set design, lighting, camera, audio, graphics, etc) techniques.  The course will culminate with a 30-minute studio production that will air on QATV-8.
Prerequisite: Orientation
Wednesday, March 11th, 18th, 25th, April 1st & 8th

Camcorder - Participants will learn the basics of using a camcorder in the field.  Techniques covered will include how to set up a tripod, mounting a camcorder on a tripod, panning/tilting, and other basic functions on the Canon XF 100 and Canon XF200 (the camcorders available to members of QATV).  The course also covers recording audio with the built-in camcorder microphone and with external microphones (wired and wireless).
Prerequisite: Orientation
Monday, March 9th & 16th

Editing - This class will introduce and acquaint participants with the non-linear editing software used at QATV, Final Cut Pro X.  Skills taught over the 4 sessions include: correct project settings, capturing/importing, trimming, video/audio transitions, basic titling, audio levels, and mastering to a DVD.
Prerequisite: Orientation
Monday, March 23rd & 30th

Podcasting 101 - Create your own podcast using QATV's audio suite!  Learn the basics of the audio board, how to take phone call and add music from a CD, SD Card or your phone.  Participants will also learn interview skills to help get the most out of your guest!
Prerequisite: Orientation
Monday, April 6th & 13th

iPhone Video - Looking to shoot some video on the go, but find yourself without a camcorder?  Just use your phone!  Learn some tips and tricks to shooting video with your iPhone or iPad, learn how to use external microphones, and use some cool lenses to give that extra flare!
Wednesday, March 25th
Wednesday, April 29th

Advanced Lighting Techniques - You've produced a show but want to add some extra flare to your studio set? Out in the field and your talent just doesn't look right? Find out more tricks of the trade in this class!

Documentary Fundamentals - This workshop will include pre-production techniques (including concept development), production options and post-production editing tips.  Emphasis will be placed on project branding and continuity.
Prerequisite: Orientation

Lighting and Set Design - Learn about set design through the use of light and dark, colors and the arrangement of set pieces.  Explore other techniques involving the use of cookies (stencils attached to lights) and blue screen options.
Prerequisite: Studio Production

How to Use Facebook and Instagram - Learn the basics of the most popular social media platforms.  Connect with friends, share pictures, add filters, and update your privacy settings.
Prerequisite: Orientation

Advanced Editing - Participants will be taught advanced methods of Final Cut Pro X, including keyboard shortcuts, working with key frames, video and audio effects and more.
Prerequisite: Basic Editing and a good working knowledge and understanding of Final Cut Pro X.

Sports Production - Learn the basic techniques to covering sports (football, volleyball, basketball and more) that are needed to get the game on the air.  Also, learn how to isolate your son/daughter and create a highlight reel that college athletic programs may be looking for.

Digital Photography - A class covering basic camera operations: shutter speed, aperture and exposure, moving into composition, and the rules of photography.

Photoshop Basics - Learn the basics of the most popular photo editing software.  Cropping, image adjustments (brightness, color, etc).

All About Audio - Need to know what microphone to use? How about where to place the microphone? Does the audio board look too confusing? This class will cover these topics and other including wireless audio equipment and the different types of audio signals and how they work together to produce the best sound.

Interview Skills - Learn how to conduct an interview with anyone from your best friend to your favorite sports star to a high ranking government official in this class.  We will focus on how to prepare for an interview, the "do's and don'ts" of interviewing and the best questions to ask to make an impact for your viewers.

** All classes can potentially be taught as one on ones, if you are interested in taking any of the unscheduled classes above, please call us at  617-376-1440 to schedule.