Students have ample opportunity to learn the ropes in the Foundation Level Video Production course. Here the teacher carefully paces the instruction and hands-on opportunities so that the students can achieve a series of progressively sophisticated successes. As they move to the Advanced Class students already have a goal to work on major projects that are as close to professional quality as possible. The process is carefully scheduled: Pre-production is generally in the first semester while some minor productions are being worked on and skills developed on the high-end equipment; Production is usually about ten eight-hour days of location shooting parceled out over three to four weeks during the second semester; and Post-production can take up to four weeks.
Each student does one major project during the year. No one does a project on their own; the class is split up into 4-person news teams. In addition to the major project, such as Get a Grip, each semester EWP produces a 90-minute news feature for Milwaukee schools, a service video (like updating the school recruiting materials), and a variety of short-form videos.