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Virtual production is transforming the film and television industry

We are designing a Virtual Production model curriculum and making this available across the region as a collaborative program.

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This project will support the creation and implementation of a Regional Virtual Production Academy by defining a virtual production model curriculum using existing courses and certificates and delivering a suite of collaborative credentials including stackable certificates, an associate degree, and possibly a baccalaureate degree.

This project will support the creation and implementation of a Regional Virtual Production Academy by defining a virtual production model curriculum using existing courses and certificates and delivering a suite of collaborative credentials including stackable certificates, an associate degree, and possibly a baccalaureate degree.

Blurring the line between the Digital Media and the ICT sectors, VP includes multiple phases of film development with the goal of creating a real-time virtual scene using game engine content and real physical props and actors in front of a green screen or LED wall.

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Core Courses (6 courses, 18 units)BCCDVCLaneyMissionOhloneSRJC
3D AnimationMM/AN 20AARTDM 160GDS 039ADAID 122APTECH 43
Intro to digital imaging (photoshop)MMART 3ARTDM 105GRART 036GDS 064DAID 103CS 70.11A
Intro to Film ProductionMM/VI 9AFTVE 160 or ARTDM 149Media 104GDS 074DAID 111MEDIA 20
Intro to Game Design & DevelopmentMM/AN 40AARTDM 180DAID 118CS 42
Intro to visual effects (VFX)MM/AN 22BARTDM 141DAID 128APTECH 162
Intro to Virtual Production ARTDM 192Media 044ADAID 129CS 77.11

Berkeley City College

Diablo Valley College

Laney College

Mission College

Ohlone College

Santa Rosa Junior College

Spring 2024

🖥️ online, 🎥 in-person

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Project Timeline

Planning & Initiation

7/1 - 8/28/22

Working Sessions

9/9 - 4/26/23

Implemention

4/1/23 - 6/30/23

Promotion

Fall 2023

Launch

Fall 2024

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Virtual production is a catch-all phrase for all film production with a virtual or CGI-based element. VP is a cinematographic technique that seamlessly combines physical and virtual elements using a suite of software tools. Studios can film on a stage and view virtual graphics together in real-time. Changing locations is as simple as swapping out a background. Directors, actors, and other stakeholders can see the final film assets and instantly make changes.

The Bay Area Regional VIrtual Production Academy (RVPA) is a collaborative program. A collaborative program is one in which one or more colleges rely on another college or

colleges to offer some of the coursework required for an approved degree or certificate.

Collaborating colleges may either be in reasonable proximity to permit students to take

classroom-based courses or the courses may be offered online through distance education local or shared platforms. Collaborative programs are an ideal option for colleges who find themselves unable to add a specific ADT or a CTE degree or certificate to their offerings as a consequence of their inability to offer the entire breadth of required courses. Collaborative programs also increase student accessibility to programs and allow colleges to fill their offered courses.

  • Model curriculum using existing and enhanced curriculum, informed by industry and employers
  • Articulation of model curriculum across Academy member college
  • Approval of stackable certificates utilizing the model curriculum
  • Implementation of collaborative program requirements
  • Connection with internship, pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs
  • Academy marketing and communications (internal and external)
  • Academy launch: Fall 2023
  • Technical Artist is the most in demand occupational title. However, the title of Technical Artist is extremely broad and covers a number of different specializations within the lifecycle of virtual production such as modeler, motion graphics design, rigging, visual effects/animation and lighting..

    There are multiple jobs under the category of film productions, such as videographer, camera operator, video editor, and on-set Lighting/electrical,and story development.

  • Multimedia Arts
  • Animation
  • Game Design & Development
  • Graphic Design & Digital Media
  • Digital Filmmaking & Production
  • Film, Television & Electronic Media
  • AR/VR/XR
  • Video & Motion Graphics

New colleges may join the Academy after the model curriculum has been articulated across member colleges and the collaborative program is approved by the Chancellor’s Office, which is part of the implementation phase. At that point, related programs at other colleges can begin the process of a) articulating their courses to the model curriculum, b) developing Academy MOUs, and c) adding collaborative program enrollment requirements.

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