Training Classes

For more information on the FREE Citizens Television Studio and Field Production Classes please call (203) 562-2288. You will be given an opportunity to submit an Access Application and a Program Proposal detailing your idea for a program to air on CTV.

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Studio and Field Production Classes

Note: Classes are only for those who will produce or work
on television programs for showing on the Citizens Television channels.

Citizens Television offers video training classes in both field production (remote video recording) and studio production throughout the year with limited classes from June thru August. These classes are available *FREE
to residents and full-time students in the New Haven, West Haven and Hamden CT area. Persons who work or
volunteer at non-profit organizations (including religious institutions) in the three towns may, regardless of where they live, also take classes and produce programs exclusively for the organization.

The classes, the use of the field equipment, the studio, and the editing facilities are all provided *free of charge.
Our equipment is designed to be lightweight and easy to operate. The CTV staff will continue to be available with ongoing technical help and further training from the beginning of projects to the completed program. When the show is completed, CTV will provide free air time for telecasting the show (no commercial content or promotion, permitted). Students who successfully complete the course training will become certified producers (field or studio or both) at CTV.

Some students may choose to only complete certain studio modules (camera, audio, graphics, lighting, etc.) to assist with CTV productions rather than create their own studio productions. They can be certified on that module, but will not be a certified producer. Only a certified producers can take out equipment and book CTV studio production facilities. Module training does not apply to field production classes, as there are only two (camera and editing), and both must be completed for the student to use either as a producer.

*CTV reserves the right to assess a training fee of $350.00 on any student who completes any module of field
or studio production training but does not provide any programming or production services to CTV.

At orientation information will be provided about CTV, public access, what may be expected from CTV staff, and what will be expected of the students and eventual producers. A copy of the CTV Rules and Procedures and a tour of the studio will also be provided.

Class Schedule
We now provide classes on an intensified basis in order to speed up the certification process. Both of the field classes (Field Cameras and Editing) are taught in a single day over a seven (7) hour period, or in two half day sessions. Studio production is taught either in a four consecutive days format (2pm-6pm), evenings (6pm-10pm) in four hour classes, or in 4 consecutive weeks, one day or evening in each week.

Call CTV for the date of the next orientaton. We schedule them every 4-6 weeks year around with limited summer classes. Orientation attendance is mandatory for all qualified persons interested in taking a field or studio production class. Fill out the two forms below, and bring them in before the orientation date to secure a seat in the up and coming class. Be sure to bring a valid id to show proof of residency, or a utility bill with a Hamden, New Haven or West Haven, CT address.

Access Application

Program Proposal