Adobe Premiere Pro video editing: stage 1

Course Dates: 02/05/19 - 20/06/19
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Lily Markiewicz

Want to edit video like a professional? Get to grips with industry software Adobe Premiere Pro, learning the basic principles and technical skills of editing movie footage. Discover the conventions of professional editing, explore how to construct a narrative, and try your hand at basic cutting techniques to produce seamless videos on your own computer.

See what you could create – view a selection of film and animation work made on our Vimeo site



What is the course about?

This is an introduction to the professional editing programme Adobe Premiere Pro and the basic principles of editing moving image footage. We'll guide you through the essential tools of Premiere and how to work with professionally-shot material to cut your own movie. We will cover various aspects of editing, both the technical and the more conceptual - including inserts and overlays, A/B rolls and narrative sequencing concepts, sound management and output.

What previous students loved about the course:

“A very enjoyable course where I feel I have gained valuable skills to take forward.“
“Very well structured course and really useful content.“
“Plenty of time to practise the skills, good level of discussion.”


What will we cover?

- The Premiere interface
- Insert editing
- Overlay editing
- Use of important tools
- Sound manipulation
- Use of transitions and effects.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- edit clips in the source monitor
- perform an insert edit
- perform an overlay edit
- use the selection and pen tool
- manipulate sound up and down
- place a transition between clips.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introduction to Premiere Pro and the basic principles of editing moving image footage. It will be an advantage if you have some computer experience, particularly on Apple Macs, but it is not necessary.

You will need to be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and be prepared to take part in group discussion. You should be happy using numbers and able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Each week there will be a demonstration of a particular aspect of Premiere. This is then followed by an exercise, allowing for some individual tutorial support. Periodically there will be forum sessions were we will look at each other’s work to discuss different aspects of editing/ filmmaking in general and the post-production process. Asking questions and commenting is encouraged at all times. Handbooks, manuals and worksheets are available.
Please note we will be working on Apple Mac computers.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Our high definition cameras and the latest professional equipment and software are available for your use throughout the course. It would be useful to bring a memory stick (or portable hard drive – please note PC-formatted hard drives can be read by Apple Mac computers, but not written to). CDs/DVDs are also available, and you will have your own account in class where you can accumulate your work from week to week.
You might want to consider purchasing books related to the subject of filmmaking and editing. We will provide you with a range of hand-outs, and you can make use of books in the library.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

By the end of the course you should be comfortable doing basic editing of your own material. You may want to progress onto a more advanced editing class, or explore one of our other specialised moving image classes, from production to lighting to animation. Browse the website or the prospectus to get inspired.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


Book your place

Course Code: VG367

Thu, eve, 02 May - 20 Jun '19

Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)

Full fee: £309.00
Senior fee: £309.00
Concession: £188.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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