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Communication is a growing field and there are more
opportunities arrising from it every day. Those who choose the TV/Multimedia
concentration are likely interested in the visual arts, story telling,
camera work, and the computer side of communication. Here there are many
opportunites, far more than can be summarized here. What follows are a
few broad areas where many of these students may expect to find opportunities
Not all films are made in Hollywood by massive film companies. With the
rise of inexpensive digital video equipment and computer-based editing,
the craft of story telling and cinematography has become much more available
to everybody. Many smaller film companies have opened up all over the
world where independent films are being made. In fact, there are significant
opportunities in North Carolina. Story tellers can expect to find like-minded
artists in a number of social media networks utilized by our department.
Opportunities to learn abound and there are even several local NC film
festivals in which you may gain recognition. The great film makers of
every generation had to start somewhere, and none of them were born as
film makers. Perhaps we can help.
Local and National Television
Television was simpler when it was a question of only a few major networks,
but the opportunities were far more limited as well. Today there are many
more ways of defining what television actually means. Aside from the national
broadcast networks we also have cable networks. Beyond this we also have
Internet-based broadcasting and even broadcasts designed to be delivered
to your smart phone. All of these have one thing in common. They still
need people to operate cameras, write scripts, handle lights, and edit.
As long as there is television, there will be careers in television, both
in front of and behind the camera. Why not get your start here?
Corporations have long used video as a means of communicating both internally
and with their various audiences. Training videos are nothing new, but
multimedia has breathed new life into this artform. As a corporate communications
expert, you can use your skills to design messages for corporations. Processed
can be demonstrated through video and animation in an interactive format
that could appear on DVD or on the web. Using basic desktop publishing
skills, you can also design reference material and corporate journalism.
The potential is virtually endless.
Advertising and Desktop Publishing
Video and multimedia are useful components for any type of communication
stratagy, but they are not the only ones. Simple photography can sometimes
be far more useful and cost effective. In the context of desktop publishing,
all the skills you learn in the area of 2-D design can be applied to print
in the form of advertising messages and other useful purposes. Somebody
who can design an efficient visual argument will be a marketable person
in the advertising world. A basic understanding of desktop publishing
will be a valuable basis for such a career.
Web Page Design
The Internet is perhaps the greatest frontier of all for multimedia work,
which is to say that everything found on the Internet can be considered
multimedia. Everything from animations to web-based videos to interactive
messages found on every website are all created on computers with relatively
simple programs. A multimedia designer can easily take one design and
apply it to many different applications. Multimedia designers can become
web masters, web page designers, animators, and any number of other professions.
Looking ahead to the rise of smart phones and virtual reality, these skills
become far more essential.