Accessibility statement

Advanced Editing - TFT00062H

« Back to module search

  • Department: Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media
  • Module co-ordinator: Ms. Susan Brand
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2023-24

Module summary

Advanced Editing is an in-depth look at the art and craft of the edit. You will learn to edit with Avid covering all aspects of this world leader in non-linear editing. Lectures and lab-based practicals will investigate storytelling in the edit examining structure, emotional journey, the history of editing, sound design and more. An international perspective on story will bring the best ideas from the world's strongest storytellers together in this exciting programme.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2023-24

Module aims

• Learn the process of taking a film from first cut to fine cut and export

• Explore a range of trouble shooting tools to actively discover and solve story problems in the films you are editing.

• Collaborate with other creatives in post-production, sound design and music composition.

Module learning outcomes

• Master the world’s best, tried and tested screen storytelling techniques

• Learn Avid Media Composer to early career professional standard

• Gain skills in troubleshooting story problems

• Understand the language of film story to communicate effectively with the team

Module content

• LECTURES – various • PRACTICAL EDITING SESSIONS – Learn Avid while editing a short documentary and a short fiction film

• SCREENINGS – screenings of historically and artistically relevant films from Europe, Scandinavia and North America

• EVENTS – online or in person trips to events with leading editors, composers and colourists

• SOUND EXERCISE– collaborate with composers and sound designers on making a podcast, a complex aural story.

• STUDY TRIPS – Autumn, the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam or the London International Film Festival

• COMMUNICATION SKILLS – throughout the year, reference will be made to finding effective ways to communicate with other team members as required in the industry. It is vital that editors can collaborate and express their creative ideas with clarity and tact.


Task Length % of module mark
Critique of edit 2000 word essay
N/A 40
Film editing
N/A 60

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

There are 3 formative assessments: a lined script, a finished documentary edit and a finished fiction edit.


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

Module feedback

You will receive written feedback in line with standard University turnaround times.

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
Curren Bernard, S. (2010) Documentary Storytelling. Focal Press
Pinel, V. (2001). Le Montage. Cahiers du Cinéma - in French.
Tierno, M. (2002). Aristotle's Poetics for Screenwriters. Hyperion
Murch, W. (2001) In the Blink of an Eye. Silman-James Press

Katz, Steven D. (2004) Film Directing: Cinematic Motion, Michael Wiese Productions
Truffaut, F. (2008) Hitchcock by Truffaut. Simon and Schuster
Bresson, R. (2016) Notes on the Cinematograph. Edition Gallimard
Rabiger, M. and Hurbis-Cherrier, (2113) M. Directing, Film Techniques and Aesthetics. Focal

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.