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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.

VP Production Fundamentals Certificate is comprised of 6 Core Courses and 1 Elective, Course Sequence here.

CoursesBCCDVCLaneyMissionOhloneSRJC
3D AnimationMM/AN 20AARTDM 160GDS 039ADAID 125APTECH 43
Intro to Digital Imaging (Photoshop)MMART 3ARTDM 105GRART 036GDS 064DAID 103CS 70.11A
Intro to Game Design & DevelopmentMM/VI 9AARTDM 180 Media 104GDS 040DAID 111MEDIA 20
Intro to Film Production MM/AN 40AFTVE 160 or ARTDM 149GDS 074DAID 118CS 42
Intro to Visual Effects (VFX)MM/AN 22BARTDM 141Media 139GDS 086DAID 128APTECH 162
Intro to Virtual ProductionARTDM 192Media 044AGDS 087DAID 129CS 77.11
Pick 1 Elective*
Motion Graphics*MMART 5AARTDM 140Media 140 GDS 081DAID 112
Video Editing*MM/VI 20A + 20LAFTVE 165Media 136CS 74.22
Animation 2D*MM/AN 1AARTDM 165DAID 115
3D Animation / Modeling*MM/AN 21AARTDM 161DAID 122APTECH 63
Internship*MMART 468 ARTDM295 Media 460A WEX195

Specialization: Animation

CoursesBCCDVCLaneyMissionOhloneSRJC
Scripting for Games / Intro to Blueprinting etc.MM/AN 41AARTDM 181DAID 142CS 42
2D AnimationMM/AN 3AARTDM 166GRART 150DAID 115CS 75.12
3D Character AnimationMM/AN 20BARTDM 240GDS 043ADAID 125APTECH 64
Motion Capture / Performance AnimationMM/AN 24Media 44DDAID 143
Motion GraphicsMMART5AARTDM 140GDS 081DAID 112CS 74.33
Layout and LightingMM/AN22AMedia 44CDAID 141
PythonCOMSC 140CIS007CNET 142CS 81.41A
Virtual Production BART 230Media 44BDAID 150
Studio Practice (1 unit) or Internship (1-3 units) or Portfolio (1-4 units)MM/AN 55AARTDM 295 or FTVE 295Media 129DAID 160GD 60

Specialization: Modeling

CoursesBCCDVCLaneyMissionOhloneSRJC
Scripting for Games / Intro to Blueprinting etc.MM/AN 41ADAID 142CS 42
3D ModelingMM/AN 21AARTDM 161GDS 039ADAID 122APTECH 63
Digital SculptingDAID 124
TexturingMM/AN 30DAID 123
PythonCOMSC 140CIS007CNET 142CS 81.41A
Intermediate/ Advanced 3D ModelingMM/AN 21BDAID 126
RiggingMM/AN 23DAID 140
Virtual Production BMedia 44BDAID 150
Studio Practice (1 unit) or Internship (1-3 units) or Portfolio (1-4 units)MM/AN 55AMedia 129DAID 160GD 60

Specialization: Film Production

CoursesBCCDVCLaneyMissionOhloneSRJC
Scripting for Games / Intro to Blueprinting etc.MM/AN 41ADAID 142CS 42
Video EditingMM:VI 20aFTVE 165Media 130, 135, 138GDS 074CS 74.22
Intro to Studio ProductionFTVE 120Media 108MEDIA 19
Intermediate FilmMM:VI 9CFTVE 161Media 120MEDIA 21
PythonCOMSC 140CIS007CS-142CS 81.41A
CinematographyMM:VI 9BMedia 139TD 172MEDIA 55
Motion GraphicsMMART 5AARTDM 140Media 140GDS 081DAID 112
Virtual Production BARTDM 230Media 44BDAID 150
Studio practice (1 unit) or internship (1-3 units) or portfolio (1-4 units)MM/AN 55AARTDM 295Media 129DAID 160GD 60

Berkeley City College

Diablo Valley College

Laney College

Mission College

Ohlone College

Santa Rosa Junior College

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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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