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  • Campus: Brooklyn Park
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Creativity. Technical skills. Put them together and be prepared for a career in the media communications field. At HTC, you’ll cover everything from the basic concepts of dynamic visual media to specific skills you’ll need on the job.

The new Animation & Motion Graphics Artist Degree will prepare you to create exciting animations for film, video, the web, and games. The Video Production Specialist Degree includes all aspects of video production including scriptwriting, shooting/lighting, linear and non-linear editing. The Interactive Designer Degree focuses on the production of rich and interactive media for the web, e-Learning, mobile, and games using HTML5 technologies. The Media Producer certificate provides technical experience in the operation of media presentation and production equipment. When you start here, you’ll be ready to design a successful career.



For a deeper look into what you'll experience in the program, visit our blog or check out our UStream channel which features a weekly student created vlog called "Reel to Real."

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Labs and Classrooms

Video Studio

Our labs are equipped with cutting edge equipment and software.  Windows and Mac software is used with dual-boot Intel Mac workstations.  Software programs such as the Adobe suite including Flash, Captivate, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, After Effects, Audition, Premiere are used. Interactive projects are powered using HTML5, CSS, and Javascript.

Animators are using Toon Boom Animate Pro and Storyboard Pro, as well as a variety of programs from Adobe such as Audition, Premiere, and of course, After Effects. Dragon Stop Motion is used for the creation of stop motion animations. Blender is used for 3D modeling and animation. Students master studio lighting, shooting, and chroma-key effects using green screens and ReflectMedia equipment, as they create content for their animation or motion graphics projects.

Video production facilities include a production studio and non-linear editing lab.  Students become proficient in pre-production, production and post-production with the latest video production technologies.  Students use the studio for green-screen or multicam productions using the HD workflow.  Adobe Premiere and Avid are used to edit projects to meet  broadcast standards.  Students learn to distribute their projects to the web or DVD using Compressor and DVD Studio Pro.  Often, our labs are more technologically advanced than industry studios.

Supplies / Tools

Students are able to use the program computers, software, and equipment during scheduled class time and during open lab hours. While this access provides many opportunities for students to work on course projects and non-course portfolio building projects, some students choose to purchase their own equipment to provide more flexibility. We encourage new students to wait until they have completed at least a semester before purchasing personal hardware and software to facilitate a more informed purchase.

Entry Requirements

Students must demonstrate computer proficiency by passing the Macintosh or Windows evaluation before enrolling in program technical courses.

Work Environment

Interactive Designers work at design firms, agencies, large corporations, and e-learning companies using computers and other technology devices. Video producers work on sets and on-location through all phases of production. Editors work on computers. Animators and motion graphics artists work for advertising companies, the film and video industry, and for digital design firms. They create the animations and visual effects in films, TV shows, video games, and commercials.

Job Outlook / Gainful Employment

Animator & Multi-Media Artist
Most of the growth in this occupation will occur in the movie and video industries. Animators and artists are needed to work on video games, and movie and television special effects. They are also needed to work on 3D animated movies. In addition, growth will occur due to an increasing need for computer graphics in the growing number of mobile technologies. 

Competition for jobs will be strong. This is especially true in the movie and video industry. The number of people who apply for openings is usually greater than the number of jobs available.

About 60 percent of animators and multi-media artists are self-employed.

Film & Video Editors
American films are in demand all over the world, so film companies will continue to produce as many films a possible. In addition, cable television stations are also creating their own movies. Both of these factors should contribute to a need for film and video editors. 

This occupation is attractive to many people because of its perceived glamour. Thus there will be a lot of competition for jobs.

Current job outlook information obtained from

Possible job titles include: Designer, Developer, Producer, Editor, Production Assistant, Grip, Animator, Multimedia Artist, Interactive Designer, Front End Designer, UI Designer, UX Designer

Gainful Employment Disclosure:


$17.20 - $24.50/hr

Potential Job Titles

Designer, Developer, Producer, Editor, Production Assistant, Grip, Animator, Multimedia Artist, Interactive Designer, Front End Designer, UI Designer, UX Designer


Hennepin Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In 2003, HTC became a member of the HLC Academic Quality Improvement Program.

Accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission provides assurance to the public, in particular to prospective students, that an organization has been found to meet the agency's clearly stated requirements and criteria and that there are reasonable grounds for believing that it will continue to meet them.


IDVP students have collaborated with the following:

Buffalo Wild Wings
Minnesota Department of Corrections
The Anoka County Historical Society
CenterPoint Energy
The University of Minnesota Raptor Center
Achieve Services Inc.
Soulvation musical group
Orchard House Musical group
Michael Shynes musical artist
Hydro Engineering
The Friends of Wasioja
Can-Do Canines
Maple Grove DARE Program
Opportunity Partners
Rotary Club of Fridley
North Memorial Hospital


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The IDVP Advisory Board is composed of members representing a diverse cross-section of industry. Board members work for agencies, post-prodution houses, corporations, e-Learning companies, television stations, and more.

  • John McHugh (Chair)  CTV Coordinator - City of St. Louis Park
  • Bob French  Interactive Media Producer -Master Communications Group
  • Josh Udvig  CTN Studios - Coon Rapids
  • Justin Tholl    Editor, Colle + McVoy
  • Mary Babcock   Hennepin Technical College - Counseling Advisor
  • Tim Moore    IDVP Adjunct Faculty and College Lab Assistant
  • Harrison Reeder  Urban Mountain Media
  • Todd Randall     Kare 11
  • Kassy Langum   Director/ Producer at Standby Productions
  • Therese Salber    HTC Dean of Business
  • Ken Chang   Creative Monkey in Stealth Mode at A. J. monkey
  • Matt Givand    Group Creative Director at BI Worldwide
  • Sam Henderson   Producer - Everfire Group
  • Steve Ferkingstad  Technology Integration Consultant at ADP Dealer Services
  • Rich Oxley   IDVP Faculty
  • John McCaffrey  IDVP Faculty
  • Shawn Crossen  IDVP College Lab Assistant
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