Course Location
Sydney On-Campus and Online
2018 Advanced Diploma in Editing: Reality Television
Undergraduate (AQF Level 6)
Delivery Mode
32 weeks / 2 semesters. Semester starts week commencing February 26, 2018
Course Fee
Compulsory On campus Orientation week commencing Monday February 19. Further details will be provided post enrolment.
Attendance Pattern
Monday evening and Saturday workshops on campus at AFTRS, Moore Park, Sydney


Strengthen your editing skills so that you can confidently enter the industry as an assistant editor with the knowhow to fast track your career progression within the post-production department.

In this practice-based course, you will build upon your existing practical experience of non-linear editing systems with the targeted application of Avid Media Composer software in non-scripted editing. You will deepen your understanding of editing principles, and build the skill and knowledge required to edit in this format. Plus, you will practice the skill of applying storytelling principles to edit unscripted, on screen events. In addition, you will develop and build your industry and professional knowledge including post-production processes and workflows, roles and responsibilities and compliance requirements, as well as the unique skills required when working as a freelancer or contractor.

Delivered across two semesters, through half-day Saturday and evening workshops each week, this course is a hands-on, practice-based program. The flexible delivery allows you to maintain employment while enhancing your specialised craft skills.


This course is for those who are interested in being able to confidently engage a variety of creative storytelling techniques for factual and/or short form television. You will develop knowledge of industry standards so that you can select, approach, organise and finesse material. Plus you will be given the opportunity for high level skill acquisition with Avid Media Composer so that you can complete a wide range of post-production processes, including assembly editing through to fine cut, as well as assistant editor processes.

This course is after hours, approximately 7.5 hours a week (for 32 weeks) of course work with additional time for assessments and course related practice activities.


For details of help to pay for your fees, please refer to the Study Assist website


To complete the course you will need access to:

  • A computer with an internet connection.
  • Text books:

1. MC101 Media Composer 8
2. MC110 Media Composer 8

These texts can be purchased from the school. Please refer to the 2017 schedule of fees for information regarding costs.


Foundation Diploma graduates from 2009-2014 are automatically accepted into this course and need only to register by providing their name and the date of graduation. The link to register as a Foundation Diploma graduate is available here.

Foundation Diploma graduates have until December 1, 2017 to register. Further details will be provided about enrolment after that date.

Contact our Student Centre​ or call 1300 131 461 or (02) 9805 6444 with any questions or to learn more about your study options. You can also contact the Indigenous Unit​

Changes in circumstances may impact upon the accuracy or currency of information. While AFTRS takes all due care to ensure that the information is accurate, it reserves the right to vary any information described here without notice.

Last updated May 16, 2017.



Monday evenings 6.00-9.00pm and Saturday 9.00-2.00pm for 32 weeks across two semesters.

Subjects in Semester 1: Technical Editing Practice, and Professional Editing Practice: Fundamentals of Storytelling.

Subjects in Semester 2
: Professional Editing Practice: Intermediate Storytelling, and Editing Industry Practice.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:
  1. ​Edit material demonstrating a range of creative elements of storytelling.
  2. Ingest, edit, export and manage material using Avid Media Composer.
  3. Apply industry standards of practice to your working methods.
  4. Explain the role of the editor as a member of a broader post-production team.
  5. Explain the unique conditions of a largely freelance industry.

Admission Requirements

Places in this course are competitive and are based on merit selection.

Applicants are required to submit the following:

1. Prerequisite

Applicants need to demonstrate previous experience and will be selected by an assessment of combined industry experience and creative skills and/or screen education qualifications. This experience can include but not be limited to:

  • Diploma in Editing (AFTRS);

  • Screen qualifications from another higher education provider including a film school and/or university or TAFE;

  • Previous relevant industry experience as an assistant editor or editor (paid or unpaid).

2. Application Tasks

2.1 Event in your Life

Prepare a 3 minute sequence (submit as MP4) that captures a real event in your life. You can create the sequence using still photos or moving image that you shoot or source. In 250 words outline what you learnt by doing this exercise about storytelling in real life contexts compared to scripted stories (submit in PDF format).

2.2 Creative Work

Provide examples of your work (submit as MP4). This can be one thing that you have edited or a show reel of different work. Consider example/s that best show your editing skills (maximum 5 minutes).

3. Uploading your Documents and Media File

You will be able to upload your media file/s as part of the application process. Ensure you conform to the required file type and size specified as follows. Each document has a maximum of 10MB in size, and 50MB for media file.

Please contact the Student Centre on (02) 9805 6444, if you having any problems in uploading your media file.

Go to this link for information on media files.

4. Resume and Educational Qualifications

Provide a one-page list of your achievements, educational qualifications and work experience.

You must also provide a certified copy of your highest education level as detailed on the How and When to Apply page on the AFTRS website. Use the link provided for information on how to certify documents.

5. Proof of Residency

Please ensure you submit a certified copy of your birth certificate or passport as detailed on the How and When to Apply page on the AFTRS website. Use the link provided for information on how to certify documents.

Selection Criteria

Places in this course are competitive and are based on merit selection. The selection criteria are:

  • Evidence of a commitment to a career in the creative industries.

  • Evidence of original creative thinking.

  • Evidence of ability to complete complex tasks.


Subject 1: Technical Editing Practice

The aim of this subject is for students to gain the technical and organisational skills expected of an Assistant Editor.

Subject 2: Professional Editing Practice: Fundamentals of Storytelling.

The aim of this subject is to introduce students to a range of factual forms: lifestyle, reality TV, observational documentary styles of television. Through class demonstrations and practical work students will learn and recognise the components of storytelling and apply them to their own scenes.

Subject 3: Professional Editing Practice: Intermediate Storytelling

The aim of this subject is to extend students understanding and application of the complications of storytelling in order that they create scenes and teasers that are intended to impact an audience in specific ways.

Subject 4: Editing Industry Practice

The aim of this subject is to give students an understanding of the professional working conditions and expectations of a post-production department. They will learn how to prepare and edit their scenes using industry-standard practices and develop an understanding of various unique skills required when working as a freelancer or contractor.


The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.