There are 17 DINFOS courses open to international military and civilian students. The courses cover areas such as Public Affairs, Graphic Arts, Photography, Photojournalism, Broadcasting, Videography, Multimedia and Broadcast Maintenance.
Courses range from 1-28 weeks in duration, and most require 85 English Comprehension Level (ECL), and a 2+/2 Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). The courses available to international military and civilian students are listed below.
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Broadcast Operations and Maintenance:
Basic Television Equipment Maintenance (BTVEM) This course provides
instruction in the fundamentals of electronics, instruction and training on
direct and alternating current principles, solid-state fundamentals, including
transistor amplifier theory, digital principles, and basic soldering
techniques. Students then apply these basic electronic concepts to the
maintenance and repair of broadcast television and radio equipment. At the
conclusion of this course, the graduate will be able to use audiovisual equipment
to monitor, troubleshoot. and repair computers, television cameras, videotape
recorders, audio systems, broadcast studios, automated audio and visual
equipment, as well as transmission systems. Additionally, graduates will be
able to set-up and maintain Video Teleconferencing Systems. This course is
designed for entry-level service members and is an MOS producing course.
Broadcast Communication Specialist (BCS) The graduate is prepared to
perform skills in video documentation and broadcast journalism. In Functional
Area 1, the apprentice communicator is introduced to the basics of Public
Affairs and can: interact with command, community and media representatives;
and prepare and release information to report news and command information,
among other tasks. In Functional Area 2 and 3, the graduate is prepared to
write and announce broadcast news and spot information pieces. The graduate has
learned voice dynamics and developed broadcast voice delivery skills for radio
and video production. In Functional Area 4, the apprentice communicator is able
to deliver various radio shows, including news and music, and has examined the
principles of recording and editing. Functional Area 5 and 6 expose the
graduate to basic video shooting and editing, lighting skills, and captioning,
and studio operations, as well as more complex tasks such as spot and
documentary production. In Functional Area 7, the graduate applies Public
Affairs training, along with video production skills, to produce news stories
for television, internal information dissemination, and prepare for satellite
transmission. Special Information: The Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps require
the submission of a voice analysis before reservations are made. The Voice
Analysis is an official academic prerequisite and cannot be self-administered.
Therefore, recruiters, PA specialists, or retraining NCO's must contact the
Broadcast Operations and Maintenance Department Academic Director or by phone at 301-677-3188 for a copy of the VA
script. Voice Analysis instructions will accompany the script and are also
available separately on the DINFOS website - Broadcast Operations and Maintenance Department.
Broadcast Management (BMC) The student exercises
knowledge and skills necessary to perform duties as a broadcast manager.
Emphasis is placed on broadcast operations to effectively serve command and
community needs. Organizational, supervisory, and evaluation skills are
developed to prepare the new manager to succeed in static or deployable station
operational environments for delivery of programs and products primarily within
the American Forces Radio and Television Service network.
Electronic Journalism (EJC) The Electronic Journalism
Course places emphasis on the principles and techniques needed to produce
television news and spots. The students learn writing for Electronic Journalism
(EJ); voice-over and stand-ups; news coverage; operation of video camera
systems; lighting; and editing.
Basic Public Affairs Specialist (BPASC) The graduate is prepared to
perform skills as a military journalist (supervised). The successful student
can interact with command, community and media, and prepare and release
information to report news and command information in accordance with
applicable directives. This apprentice has studied and practiced theory,
concepts and principles of public affairs, media relations and community
relations. The student has applied various research methods and fundamentals of
journalism to include acceptable media English as it applies to news writing
with emphasis on style, format and techniques, and practiced basic operation of
the digital camera and photojournalism skills. This graduate has successfully
written newspaper leads, headlines, news and feature stories, and practiced
publication design and layout.
Content Management (CMC) The graduate is prepared to
perform the duties of an editor/content manager of all communication products.
The course covers the application of the latest techniques and theory from
military and civilian experts in layout and design, journalism, imagery,
graphics and Internet-based capabilities. It provides experienced military
communicators with advanced instruction in determining and refining content,
designing attractive and functional products, coaching writers and photographers,
making ethical decisions, and staff management. Students receive comprehensive
training in adapting techniques through publication redesigns and critiques.
This course will culminate in an improvement presentation. Special Information:
If applicable, students should bring 20 paper copies of the latest issue of the
print or electronic publication they work on or contribute to, excluding
special or anniversary issues. If applicable, bring the editorial policy
statement, and the most recent readership survey and results. If applicable,
students should have a working knowledge of desktop publishing software.
Individuals not meeting course prerequisites must obtain a written waiver,
coordinated through their service training officers/managers/detailers, from the
DINFOS commandant prior to enrollment. Quota managers requesting waivers must
coordinate training seats after waivers are granted.
Intermediate Photojournalism (IPC) Primary emphasis is placed
on training photographers and journalists in established communication theories
and practices of intermediate photojournalism. Graduates will be able to
effectively combine the understanding of theory with practical application to
better communicate the commander's intent. Areas of instruction include
communication theory (visual I written), the interrelationships of
writing and photography, news and feature writing, layout and design
principles, intermediate photographic techniques; including electronic imaging,
desktop publishing, digital cameras, image transmission, and archiving.
Intermediate Public Affairs Specialist (IPASC) The students will be instructed on the higher level of public affairs activities required in a Joint/Deployed environment, including ethical norms and considerations, communications management and evaluation (to include civilian enterprise or CE contracts), and website requirements, use and assessment.
Basic Multimedia Illustrator (BMIC) The scope of training of
this course provides military and selected civilian personnel with training
that will develop the basic skills of manual illustration and design, including
application of the fundamentals of realistic drawing; principles of design and
layout; fundamentals of color theory; color media; perspective; and fundamentals
of typography. Students learn about safety and security procedures in a
graphics shop, preparation of imagery for accessioning as well as archiving.
All students learn to operate a computer to use graphic design software,
including vector, raster-based/ image editing, as well as page layout,
presentation, web authoring and animation software to conceive and create
visual products for use in a broad range of areas. Industry standard software
is utilized to help students learn to create everything from logos and posters
to page layouts for print production and designs for web sites. Students
develop a strong foundation in design in order to produce traditional 2-D
formats for traditional size output, considerations for large format output, as
well as HTML scripting, designing graphics for the screen, Web site development
using current applications, operating systems, network technology, and web
animation. Training also includes using electronic scanning to convert analog
products for use in digital graphic and multimedia design, as well as basics of
color management in the digital design and production process. Students will
output hard copy product to black and white and color printers, as well as
large format color printers. Students create presentations, learn to use
digital audio and video software, create a web site, create animation and
produce an interactive multimedia project.
Basic Still Photography (BSP) The BSP course provides
instruction in theory and application of photographic fundamentals, captioning,
optics, light sources, camera operations for controlled and uncontrolled
photography, exposing, processing, and printing color images. Electronic
imaging with digital cameras, imaging and graphic software, image transmission,
archiving, and editing are trained in theory and hands-on applications for
documentation and communicating DoD themes and messages
Digital Multimedia (DMC) DMC provides
intermediate level training in the knowledge and skills needed to create and integrate
text, graphics, sound, animation and full-motion video into multimedia and
web-based packages. The course includes instruction in the operation of
computer systems, input devices and output devices to acquire, edit, design,
manage, output, and archive digital imaging, graphic design and multimedia
files. Students use software to create, manage and render the following:
composite photographic layouts, graphic designs, page layouts, video
productions, web pages and interactive multimedia solutions. The Digital
Multimedia Course also includes theoretical and working instruction of computer
fundamentals and functions, communications, color theory, and the principles
and implementation of color management. DoD policies and instructions relative
to ethics and use of computer generated and edited images are emphasized.
Special Information: The Registrar & Quota Management Office will verify
that students meet prerequisites via a Digital Multimedia Course Prerequisite
Verification Letter. This Verification Letter is required to complete the
registration process. Prerequisites for the DMC course are non-waiverable and
must be verified and approved before a seat in the DMC course can be reserved.
Video Production and Documentation (VPD) The Video Production and
Documentation course provides training to selected enlisted personnel in the
principles, techniques, and skills required to perform the duties and functions
of production and combat documentation specialists. This course provides
training in the knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties required for
visual information production assignments supporting video documentation of
training and operations, public affairs, joint operations, and studio missions
throughout the Armed Forces. The scope of training includes the operation of
the digital video camera, lighting equipment, the principles of framing and
composition, camera placement, audio and video editing, visualization,
storytelling, and a working knowledge of audio and video applications for television
electronic field production and studio operations.