Video & Audio Production

Video and audio professionals can be found in nearly every industry. Those employed in this field combine technical ability and artistic creativity to film TV shows, movies, commercials and documentaries. With improvements in video and internet technology making video more accessible and affordable for businesses of all sizes, computer video skills will become more useful.

Program Description

Students in this class will learn to create video and audio projects, operate digital video and audio equipment and help to create videos for broadcast on LISD TV, the LISD’s cable station. Students work independently and in teams to learn the process of creating video and audio projects from concept to final production.

Students have the opportunity to produce a video for Courageous Persuaders, a national competition. All students are eligible to participate in SkillsUSA leadership events.

To Be Successful

Successful students typically have strong computer skills, are creative, enjoy hands-on activities, have good communication and time-management skills, meet deadlines and work well with customers.

Student Organization



  • Demonstrate communication, composition, spelling, and grammar skills
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers
  • Basic computer skills including Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, using the internet, e-mail applications, and file management


  • Good work ethic and good attendance
  • Work independently, be productive, and take initiative every day
  • Positive attitude and interest in the program
  • Teamwork skills; teach others and serve customers
  • Believe in own self-worth and maintain positive self-esteem
  • Flexible and adaptable to frequent interruptions
  • Integrity, dependable, responsible, honest, and respectful of others
  • Complete assigned work in a timely manner, meet deadlines, and prioritize tasks
  • Listen, read, and follow verbal and written instructions

Program Specific

  • Apply technology to specific tasks, maintain and troubleshoot hardware and software
  • Pay attention to detail and proofread own work for accuracy
  • Evaluate data, organize and maintain files, and use computers to process information
  • Participate in SkillsUSA student organization contests throughout the year
  • Creativity in projects and assignments
  • Safely operate in the classroom and while recording video and audio equipment at different locations
  • Interest in the making of videos, social media content, scriptwriting, and storyboarding
  • Work with LISDTV on projects and events

Note: Additional education may be required.

  • Videographer
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Audio Production
  • Photographer
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Special Effects/Animation
  • Lighting/Sound Designer

*The LISD TECH Center recommends the academic credit listed. Credit can only be awarded by local districts.

  • 1.0 3rd Science (in lieu of)
  • 1.0 World Languages (in lieu of)
  • 1.0 Visual, Performing, & Applied Arts
  • 0.5 English Language Art
  • 1.0 4th Math
  • 1.0 Online Learning Experience

*College credit can only be awarded by the college or university. Certain requirements must be met outside of completing the program.

  • Davenport University
  • Ferris State University
  • Siena Heights University
  • Washtenaw Community College

Chelsea Ekquist head shotInstructor

Chelsea Ekquist is an alumni of the LISD TECH center and a graduate of Columbia College in Chicago with a BA in Directing for Production.  She has held a variety of video and audio positions including Director, Producer, Master Control Operator, Studio Engineer, Art Director, Videographer, Photographer, and more.  Chelsea has won special awards including the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Award, Midwest Emmy Nominee, New York Film Festival Student Emmy Winner, Hugo Award Winner, and the First Look Film Festival Short Film Showcase Winner.  She previously worked for LISD TV Channel 22, was a former Teaching Assistant for the Video & Audio Production program, and has special education training as well.

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Paula Skufia head shotTeacher Assistant

Paula Skufis received her Bachelor of the Arts degree from Columbia College in Chicago. She worked in the film advertising department at OMD Entertainment on Disney’s cable television account. Paula is excited to translate her industry experience to the classroom.

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