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Release: May 21, 2002

Course offers teachers tips on teaching video/film production

The University of Iowa is offering a course next month to junior high and high school teachers interested in teaching video and film production.

Theory & Practice Film/Video Production, offered through the UI Center for Credit Programs, will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays June 11-27 in Room 300 of the Becker Communications Studies Building at the UI.

Participants must have some teaching experience. However, experience in video production is not required. After a series of initial exercises, participants -- led by instructor Leighton Pierce, a professor with appointments in the UI Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature and in the Department of Communication Studies -- will work collaboratively on designing and executing short video assignments. Training in relatively inexpensive and accessible technology, such as DV cams and Apple Final Cut Pro, is provided. Assignments include three short writing and video exercises.

The course, one of the UI's Saturday & Evening Courses offerings this summer, is worth three semester hours of undergraduate or graduate credit. In addition to regular tuition charges is a course fee of $40.

Students who wish to register or find out more may visit the Center for Credit Programs, 116 International Center, University of Iowa or phone 1-800-272-6430 (toll-free) or 319-335-2575.