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Deactivation pending SACSCOC approval. Enrollment is closed to new students. The Film/Video and Special Effects Specialization is a cutting-edge, hands-on program combining video production with computer-generated special effects. Students learn to create digital video for all types of formats using high definition (HDTV) or standard definition video: single-camera video, broadcast, live studio, internet streaming video, podcasting and DVD authoring. Students completing the AAS degree will be ready for employment in many types of productions including movies, commercials, documentaries, church productions, news, talk shows, live sports, instructional videos, and corporate videos.
Students prepare for a career in film production by acquiring hundreds of production hours. Courses include video and 16mm film cinematography, general production and lighting. All courses in this certificate apply towards the AAS in Filmmaking.
Students wishing for a complete education in film production without the academic courses required by an associate degree should pursue this certificate. All courses in this certificate apply towards the AAS in Filmmaking.
Students interested in a career in screenwriting should choose this option since it emphasizes skills used when writing scripts for film and video productions. All courses in this certificate apply towards the AAS in Filmmaking.
The Fire Protection program provides courses leading to an AAS degree in Fire and Arson Investigation Technology. The AAS degree in Fire and Arson Investigation Technology provides advanced training and education in fire and arson investigation techniques and topics. The curriculum includes courses from the Criminal Justice program.
The Fire and Arson Investigator Occupational Skills Award (OSA) provides students work in a public or private organization to investigate fires and determine the cause and origin. It also provides the certification to give credibility to testimony of cause and origin of fires. Students completing the OSA will be able to list possible motives for fire setters and describe the elements of investigation practices.
The Fire Inspector Occupational Skills Award (OSA) provides students with work inspecting buildings and occupancies for fire hazards. It also provides certification for individuals to enforce building and occupancy codes to prevent loss of life and prevent fires. Students completing the OSA should be able to utilize the appropriate codes, list types of construction and occupancy classifications, identify building service equipment, processes and hazards, list different types of fire protection systems, water supply and be able to review blueprints and make corrections that comply with current codes.
The series of three courses provides training required to apply for the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) Fire Instructor I, II, and III certifications.These courses also provide a three-course certification step to becoming a Training Program Manager.
The Fire Officer I certificate is offered to fire fighters who complete the required courses and who reach the level of competency described by NFPA standard 1021. These six courses allow fire fighters to take the Fire Officer I test from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.
Students seeking a career in the Fire Service can receive a certification required to work as a fire fighter in the State of Texas. By completing this AAS degree, students are eligible to take the State exam. The demand for firefighters is increasing, and those with certification and an associate degree have an educational advantage over those with a basic certification. These awards meet the educational need for advanced certification from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.