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Advanced Editing (with Avid) - TFT00062H

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  • Department: Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media
  • Module co-ordinator: Ms. Susan Brand
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module summary

This is an optional module which focuses on the advanced craft - and aesthetic / storytelling - of film editing. It focuses on the use of the Avid Media Composer system (the current industry standard) and includes the possibility of formal Avid accreditation, an industry-recognised certification. The module is likely to be formally capped at 20 students.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2022-23

Module aims

This module is designed to offer professional level insight into the craft of film editing with an emphasis on the industry standard Avid Media Composer software as the primary tool. Teaching will include both the technical and aesthetic, where students will engage with advanced editing strategies for storytelling in the edit by learning the most effective approaches available. As the course will be formally Avid-certified, students will have the opportunity to be evaluated on, and apply for, Avid accreditation - a key industry qualification. This industrial accreditation will be outside of the University's own assessment procedures.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of this module, students will

Have developed the skills to use Avid Media Composer to an early-career professional standard

Understand how Avid - and other editing systems - work inside complex production structures and workflow chains.

Have engaged with the impact of editing on screen storytelling by closely analysing storytelling techniques and signal works of cinema and television.

Have developed important problem-solving skills by working through example exercises in editing which reflect professional storytelling or coverage dilemmas.

Have acquired an advanced understanding of film and programme structure and of how issues of overall narrative relate to local issues of picture and sound editing.

Module content

This module is underpinned by formal Avid certification (under Avid's own learning programme - ALP) and students can choose to go through the formal accreditation process themselves. This is built into the module without compromising its, or the overall degree's, formal teaching and learning outcomes as agreed with the University..


Task Length % of module mark
Coursework : Illustrate editing techniques acquired using self shot assets
N/A 60
Essay : Critique of creative and technical approaches in a film exercise.
N/A 40

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

See above - weekly structured editing sessions will culminate in sessional feedback where tutors, and fellow students, reflect on each other's work.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay : Scene analysis
N/A 100

Module feedback

Students will receive feedback on summative assessments within standard university timescales. Each practical exercise will culminate in formative sessional feedback.

Indicative reading

Dancyger, K. and Rush, J. (2013). Alternative Scriptwriting. Focal Press

Vogler, C. (2007). The Writer’s Journey. Michael Wiese Productions

Rabiger, M. (2009). Directing the Documentary. Focal Press

Dmytryk, E. (1984). On Film Editing. Focal Press

Lavandier, Y. (2005). Writing Drama. Le Clown et l’enfant

Marks, D. (2009). Inside Story. Three Mountains Press

De Jong, W. and Knudsen, E. and Rothwell, J. (2012) Creative Documentary. Pearson Education

Rabiger, M. and Hurbis-Cherrier, (2113) M. Directing, Film Techniques and Aesthetics. Focal Press

Pinel, V. (2001). Le Montage. Cahiers du Cinéma

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.