Course Location
New South Wales
2018 Diploma in Editing: AVID
Undergraduate (AQF Level 5)
Delivery Mode
Part-time. On campus & online
16 weeks / 1 semester. Semester starts week commencing February 26, 2018
Course Fee
Compulsory on campus Orientation week commencing Monday February 19, 2018
Attendance Pattern
Evenings on campus at AFTRS in Moore Park, Sydney, with some flexible online delivery


Develop the creative and technical editing skills to confidently and efficiently use the industry standard, non-linear editing software, Avid Media Composer.
You will gain a clear understanding of editing principles and how picture and sound editing contribute to cinematic storytelling. During the course, you will be given the opportunity to sit the official Avid Media Composer online exam to become an Avid Certified User.

Delivered through evening workshops supplemented by online learning, with a strong emphasis on craft and skills development, this course offers the flexibility to allow you to maintain employment while studying.

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


If you’re keen to become a Certified Avid User or just develop competence in Avid Media Composer with complementary skills in creative and technical editing, this Diploma will provide you with the learning experiences and opportunities to achieve your desired outcomes.


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

- MC101 Media Composer 8
- MC110 Media Composer 8

These texts can be purchased from the school. Please refer to the 2018 schedule of fees for information regarding costs.


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.


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.

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 June 16, 2017


Tuesday and Wednesday evening classes (6-9pm).

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Apply editing craft principles in the cutting of a sequence.

  2. Apply industry standard practices in the set up and management of a project in Avid Media Composer.

  3. Demonstrate problem solving in the creative editing process.

  4. Compare the creative and logistical requirements of editing for different purposes.

Admission Requirements

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

Candidates are required to submit the following:

1. Application Task

Using the images provided here create a sequence that tells a story. You may use each image more than once or not at all. You will need to load images into a non-linear editing system and submit the video file (no more than 1 minute) as an MP4. Source and add music and/or sound effects that help tell your story.

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

Go to this link for information on media files.

3. 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.

4. Proof of Residency

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.

Selection Criteria

  • 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 Fundamentals
The aim of this subject is to gain technical competence in using Avid Media Composer.

Subject 2: Creative Practice
The aim of this subject is for students to explore the core principles of visual storytelling through editing picture and sound.

Subject 3: Industry Practice
The aim of this subject is for students to gain an awareness of industry practices and expectations.


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.