USC proudly announces the successful completion of its inaugural professional certificate course, “The Art of Television & Video Production,” held from July 3 to July 10, 2023. The intensive course, which was coordinated by USC’s Integrated Marketing & Communications Department, attracted participants from diverse backgrounds, including Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Belize, Suriname, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, and many more. The course was led by the esteemed international industry expert, Dr. Dwyane A. Cheddar.
Dr. Cheddar, renowned for his expertise in the broadcasting industry, serves as the Director of Oakwood University Broadcasting Network (OUBN) and Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Oakwood University. With a remarkable career spanning over 20 years, Dr. Cheddar has been a significant contributor to the field of broadcasting and higher education.
“The Art of Television & Video Production” course offered a perfect blend of theory and practical sessions, equipping students with the necessary knowledge and hands-on experience to excel in the field. Through engaging lectures and interactive discussions, Dr. Cheddar shared his wealth of experience, providing invaluable insights into the world of television production.
The practical sessions were a highlight of the course, allowing students to gain first-hand experience in producing a 10-minute television show. In addition, the participants had the unique opportunity to observe the setup of a production at a convention organized by the South Caribbean Conference held at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy. This experiential learning approach enhanced their understanding of the intricate processes involved in producing high-quality television content.
One of the key highlights of the course was the students’ production of their own film-style 30-second video commercial. Shot at Darren’s Doubles in San Juan, Trinidad, the project showcased the creativity and technical skills of the participants. Under the guidance of Dr. Cheddar, they conceptualized, planned, and executed the commercial, applying the knowledge acquired during the course.
Another notable highlight of the course was the guest speaker, Leslie Ann Wills-Caton, the Film Commissioner of Trinidad and Tobago and the General Manager of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company [FilmTT]. Ms. Wills-Caton, a respected industry professional, provided invaluable insights into the opportunities, incentives, and support offered by FilmTT to filmmakers. Her presence added an extra layer of expertise to the course, inspiring participants and broadening their understanding of the film sector’s development.
USC takes great pride in its commitment to providing exceptional educational opportunities to its students. The “The Art of Television & Video Production” professional certificate course exemplifies the university’s dedication to offering practical, industry-relevant programs that equip participants with the skills and expertise necessary for success in the ever-evolving media landscape.
For further information on upcoming courses and programs at the University of the Southern Caribbean, please visit usc.edu.tt.