Course Location
Sydney On-Campus
Qualification
2018 Graduate Certificate Screen: Editing
Level
Postgraduate (AQF Level 8)
Delivery Mode
Part-time
Duration
32 weeks / 2 semesters. Semester starts week commencing February 26, 2018
Course Fee
$12,360
Orientation
Compulsory on campus Orientation week commencing Monday February 19, 2018. Further details will be provided post-enrolment.
Attendance Pattern
Two evenings per week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6.00 to 9.00pm, plus eight Saturdays 9.30 to 5.30pm over the 32 weeks (see Indicative Timetable for more details).

APPLICATIONS HAVE BEEN EXTENDED TO MIDNIGHT ON MONDAY OCTOBER 23, 2017

Story is at the heart of creative and screen business practice. Invest in your Graduate Certificate to contribute to shaping our culture through storytelling.

Strengthen your voice as a storyteller and deepen your creative and technical skills, professional knowledge and practices in editing.

In a practice-based learning environment, you will develop a grasp of the filmmaking process, a command of the craft and the conceptual vocabulary necessary to communicate an editor’s vision. In this course, you will:

  • focus on the key role and functions of the editor in storytelling for screen;
  • be equipped with the knowledge and skills to meet the creative, conceptual, technical and procedural challenges involved in editing a screen production; and
  • explore how the juxtaposition and manipulation of images, sound and score can create meaning and emotions within a narrative.

An essential component of this course is cross-disciplinary collaboration through which you will investigate different perspectives of cinematic storytelling, and engage in collaborative exercises to build your network.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

The Graduate Certificate Screen: Editing is a part-time postgraduate course, which is delivered across two semesters, on evenings and/or weekends, at the AFTRS campus. The course is structured so that you can maintain your employment while you gain your qualification.

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

This course will appeal to:

  • emerging editors who are committed to acquiring the knowledge and skills of editing (assistants working in a variety of formats, people who run their own production companies cutting a range of material, self-taught editors through short courses and online);
  • experienced editors who want to elevate their practice (e.g. may have experience on current affairs, comedy magazine style programs and specifically looking for specialised editing skills in drama and documentary);
  • professionals with editing experience transitioning from other areas of the screen sector (videographers, journalists and marketing), and
  • higher education graduates looking for the next step in their career path.

WHY DO THIS COURSE?

Undertaking this course provides you with the opportunity to graduate having honed your voice as a storyteller; established a rigorous professional working practice; and acquired a network of collaborators.

AFTRS has a long and successful history of postgraduate study. It is consistently rated as one of the top 15 film schools in the world by industry publication The Hollywood Reporter, the only Australian education institution on this list. AFTRS works closely with industry to ensure its courses are relevant and future-focused. Our graduates are sought after by industry across the country and around the world and have won and been nominated for a slate of Academy, Golden Globe, Emmy, BAFTA and AACTA awards.

FEE-HELP APPROVED

For details of help to pay for your fees, please refer to the FEE-HELP website.​

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 October 16, 2017

Timetable

GRADAUTE CERTIFICATE SCREEN: EDITING - INDICATIVE TIMETABLE

Semester 1

Editing 1:
Two evenings per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9pm.

Collaborative Practice 1:
4 Saturdays per semester from 9.30 to 5.30pm.
Currently scheduled on March 3, April 7, April 28 and May 26, 2018 from 9.30am to 5.30pm

Semester 2

Editing 2:
Two evenings per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9pm.

Collaborative Practice 2:
4 Saturdays per semester (dates to be confirmed) from 9.30am to 5.30pm.

Disclaimer: Please note this indicative timetable is subject to change.

Course Outcomes

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

1. Identify and apply contemporary techniques and concepts used by editors in screen production.
2. Analyse and evaluate how editing contributes to screen storytelling.
3. Apply creative and technical problem solving skills to the editing process.
4. Apply high level editing skills within an Avid Media Composer environment.

Access to AFTRS equipment and facilities is determined by the specific requirements of the course learning outcomes.

Admission Requirements

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

Candidates are required to submit the following:

1. Prerequisites

Applicants to postgraduate programs are required to hold a relevant undergraduate degree at bachelor level, or to have completed equivalent work experience and/or training.

The typical duration of a bachelor degree is 3-4 years, and candidates applying by degree equivalence are required to demonstrate they have achieved corresponding learning outcomes by completing a similar volume of relevant work experience and/or training.

You will be working in an Avid Media Composer environment. In order to do that you will need a working knowledge of Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, or Premiere Pro. AFTRS runs a number of Avid short courses if you need to refresh your skills in this software. For more information on these courses or to discuss your needs, contact AFTRS Open on open@aftrs.edu.au or 1300 065 281.

If you wish to apply for admission to a postgraduate program by degree equivalence, please contact the Student Centre​.

2. Application Tasks

2.1 Personal Statement

Articulate why you want to do the course and what you hope to gain from undertaking it. You can submit your statement in one of the following ways:
  • in written form of no more than 200 words (submit as PDF file); or
  • audio-visual form of no more that 2 minutes (submit as media file).

2.2 Creative Influences

Attach five key images from photography, art, film, or TV that are important to you and explain why. You can submit your statement in one of the following ways:

  • in written form of no more than 500 words (submit as PDF file); or
  • audio-visual form of no more that 2 minutes (submit as media file).


2.3 Editing Exercise

Download and edit the rushes provided here into a coherent story with a duration of no more than three minutes. Use the script pages provided on the link page, as the basis for the edit. Note that sequences over three minutes may disqualify you from consideration.

We encourage you to:

  • add sound effects, atmospheres and music (preferable without lyrics) in to the edit;

  • include a snapshot of your timeline of your final edit from your non-linear editing program;

  • describe your editing choices in no more than 300 words (submit as PDF file).


3. Creative Work - up to 15 minutes

Your edited work should demonstrate your talent and potential. Be selective with your choices; we want your best work where you were the sole editor. We are more interested in ideas and execution than production value.

4. Uploading your Documents and Media File

You will be able to upload your written documents and media file/s as part of the application process. Ensure you conform to the required file type and size specified as follows:

  • Written documents can be uploaded to the application portal and have a maximum of 10MB in size;
  • Media files under 50MB can be uploaded to the application portal;

When you are uploading your application in the AFTRS portal you will be able to upload PDF documents and some media files directly into the portal.

Any media files larger than 50MB must be uploaded as follows:

  • Creative work must be uploaded to a dedicated, secure AFTRS Dropbox folder online. A hyperlink will be provided to you in an email when you complete the online application process which will allow you to upload your Creative Work to Dropbox.
  • Once you have uploaded your creative work to the Dropbox folder it will automatically be transferred into our database leaving the Dropbox empty. Do not upload the files again. Student Centre staff check all applications and will contact you if there are any files missing.

Go to this link if you need information on how to compress a media file.

5. 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.

6. 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. 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 creative point of view or voice.

  • Evidence of storytelling ability.

  • Demonstrated ability to engage an audience through editing.

Subjects

Semester 1:

Editing 1
Students will be equipped with the knowledge and professional skills to meet the creative, conceptual, technical and procedural challenges involved in editing drama and documentary sequences in a non-linear editing environment on Avid.

Collaborative Practice 1:
Through a series of practical exercises you will examine cinematic storytelling and related practices through the lens of other disciplines; evaluate and reflect upon your own practice within screen arts; and apply your understanding of interdisciplinary collaborative work practices.

Semester 2:

Editing 2:
Students will consolidate and extend their understanding of their creative role as editor in either a longform drama or a longform documentary.

Collaborative Practice 2:
Developing your work in Semester 1, you will continue to demonstrate your capacity to create relationships between content, form and audiences in this interdisciplinary context.

Acknowledgement

The Australian Film Television Radio and 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.