Digital video editing: stage 3

Course Dates: 11/05/20 - 20/07/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Lily Markiewicz

Already experienced in editing but want to up your game? You might have got to grips with some of the industry's top software - but tools are only half the story. This practical workshop focuses on the importance of structure and content creation, as well as commonly encountered problems in the editing process, and how to analyse your own and other's work to transform your footage.


What is the course about?

This course is more of a practical workshop than a tightly-structured class. As students will already be familiar with editing software (Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie), it focuses more on structure and creation of content through editing. We will learn to deal with commonly encountered problems - both technical and conceptual - that crop up in every editing process, and you will learn to advance your own work through analysing other people’s projects, formulating critical responses and assessing your own footage accordingly.

What will we cover?

- How to look at films and work in progress
- What are the questions to ask?
- Responding to other people’s work – formulating constructive criticism
- Identifying common editing conventions, such as cross-cutting, POV construction etc
- Identifying an aspect of your work that may benefit from change
- Trying out different ways to improve your own work.

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

- ask a set of questions that could help in identifying the focus of your work
- formulate a critical response to other people’s work
- identify commonly used editing conventions, such as cross-cutting, POV construction etc
- identify one solution that may improve or focus your work.

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

It is necessary to have completed at least a beginner’s level editing class in Final Cut Pro X and/or Adobe Premiere Pro, and have a good working knowledge of the fundamentals of editing. You will need to have your own project that you want to develop and have critiqued, and you will need to work on this between classes. Access to a computer and editing software outside of class is essential. You must be motivated and committed to your own work.

You need 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 one or two people will present their project, which they have worked on outside of class. Through guided discussion we will identify strengths and weaknesses in the presentation and the project and find ways to improve them. Depending on the requirements of the group there may be short exercises or demonstrations. The bulk of sessions will concentrate on each individual’s work, and ways to understand and improve it. Individual tutorial time is incorporated into the individual presentation time, as is peer discussion and review. Handbooks, manuals and worksheets are available. Asking questions and commenting is encouraged at all times.
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 available.

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?

You can develop your skills further in VG228 City Lit film forum, VG546 Try it out: green screen filming and composition, VG471 DSLR for video: shoot and edit

City Lit offer a range of courses in video and DSLR film making, editing, sound, animated SFX with After Effects, digital and stop motion 2D and 3D Animation and an array of other visual arts courses to enhance your film making practice.


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This is an excellent course and essential for anyone who wants to develop their film making skills. I learned so much and increased my confidence in editing my films. It's a course that one could repeat without the feeling of having done it all before. Challenging and demanding.
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Review by RiffRaff / (Posted on 09/07/2015)
A stimulating and fun opportunity to apply and develop editing skills. As well as helping me to create and finish a project , the course gave me increased fluency and confidence in editing. With input from the tutor and other class members in a friendly atmosphere, I felt supported and encouraged throughout.
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Review by LK / (Posted on 04/05/2015)
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Course Code: VG259

Mon, eve, 11 May - 20 Jul '20

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £399.00
Senior fee: £399.00
Concession: £243.00

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