Film & Digital Video

Why choose NPC?

Mark Ford
Mark Ford

Today, digital media is everywhere and film and sound production are no exception. That’s why Northland Pioneer College is creating a new Film and Digital Video program taught by international award-winning filmmaker Mark Ford. He has traveled extensively and filmed documentaries in the United States, China, Japan, India, Cambodia, New Zealand and Great Britain. His accolades include:

  • nominations for the Golden Bell, Taiwan’s Emmy and for the Golden Horse, the Pan-Chinese Oscar
  • winner of the 2002 Humboldt International Film Festival for the short film
    Run Away Home
  • producing the 10-part documentary series Taiwan Fans, released in 2008
  • production of the feature-length documentary Ripples Apart, which screened internationally
  • worked extensively with filmmaker Lee Chi-Yuan
  • was on the creative team for Tsai-Ming Liang’s Stray Dogs, winner of numerous international awards in 2013

Under Ford's excellent instruction you'll learn the skills necessary to produce great videos — from narrative to documentary to corporate or personal videos.

Degree/Certificate Options

  1. Associate of Applied Science in
    Film & Digital Video (64 credits)
  2. Certificate of Applied Science in
    Film & Digital Video (30 credits)
  3. Certificate of Proficency in
    Film & Digital Video (24 credits)

Why Study Film & Digital Video?

Are you interested in a job producing commercials, web videos or TV and movie production? Or maybe you're just interested in video as a hobby? Then you need to build your knowledge and skills in video production techniques such as audio, lighting, camera, video recording, graphics and sets, producing, directing and field production. NPC can help you reach your goal.

  • In the introductory course, students explore the history of film and filmmaking from a viewer’s perspective.
  • Film Aesthetics looks at the techniques used by the director.
  • The hands-on courses teach video production, editing, audio – both capturing and post-production – and screenwriting.
  • In the application courses, students learn about pre-production and budgeting, and work either individually or as a group on production and post-production of a
    film project.
  • Students enrolled in NPC’s program will learn and work with Adobe Premiere Pro video editing software.

Career Opportunities

You don’t have to move to Hollywood to be successful in the film and video industry. Today, videomaking is more accessible than ever with the relatively low cost of technology. As the equipment gets smaller and less expensive, there’s more opportunity to create high-quality videos for a local band, business, wedding or event. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary for a camera operator is $42,610, while a film or video editor averages $52,700. The Phoenix area is the eighth largest employer of camera operators for television, video and motion pictures.

Course Information

Instructor recommends the following course sequencing:

Semester 1: FDV 150, FDV 210, FDV 130, FDV 140, FDV 160 (Total 15 credit hours)

Semester 2: FDV 220, FDV 222, FDV 232, FDV 242, (Completes CP Requirements), ENL 101, a MAT course (Total 15 credit hours) Completes requirements for CAS.

Semester 3: a Physical & Biological Sciences course, a Social & Behavioral Sciences or Arts & Humanities course, electives (Total 17 credit hours)

Semester 4: 17 credit hours of electives. Completes requirements for the AAS.

Contact Us

Mark Ford

Film & Digital Video Instructor
NPC Snowflake/Taylor Campus
Performing Arts Center
Snowflake, AZ 85937

(928) 536-6247
(928) 536-6212

Gainful Employment

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We hope this information is helpful to our current and prospective students as you make your career and educational choices. For more information on Gainful Employment requirements, please read this letter from the U.S. Department of Education (7-page PDF).