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Industry Certificate: TV Assistant Editor

Become a TV Assistant Editor

In this course delivered over three intensive, practical weeks, you’ll learn essentials skills to work in post-production in TV. Learn the fundamentals of Avid Media Composer, the essential skills required to apply for work as a TV Assistant Editor and, if your ambitions are to progress into a creative role, the creative skills required to begin to craft scripted and unscripted short scenes. Delivered by industry expert Rebecca Edwards who has ten plus years industry experience, you will engage in practical on-the-tools learning, lively discussions and meet Industry guests.

You will receive a copy of the Avid Media Composer 101: Media Composer Fundamentals I textbook or e-book and cover the official Avid Media Composer 101 curriculum during the course.

Learn the essential skills for the assistant editor role in TV production

Understand and perform the skills required to ingest and organise material and edit and export scenes using industry standard software Avid Media Composer

Gain an insight into the editor’s role including making creative decisions to effectively build a short scene

Is the Industry Certificate: TV Assistant Editor right for you?

AFTRS Industry Certificates are practical and outcome focussed non-award short courses. The curriculum is developed and delivered by industry experts, and mapped to media industry roles and skills requirements. Industry Certificate short courses involve relevant theory, hands-on learning, career specific advice, and practical exercises which include individual feedback for students. They will give you skills and knowledge to succeed in this increasingly competitive landscape.

If your goal is to work in TV post-production, this course will give you the essentials skills to work as an Assistant Editor in today’s fast-paced production environment. You’ll learn all the technical skills you will need to fulfil this vital role, plus gain an insight into the craft of editing. It is not a purely creative art-of-editing course.

This is an almost 100% computer-based course (as is the assistant editor role) and you’ll be taught on MACS, so you’ll need to be comfortable in that environment and have an aptitude for technology.


For an introduction to Avid Media Composer Software, see our Editing with Avid Fundamentals course.

If you are interested in developing your career as an editor you may consider our Master of Arts Screen: Editing.

Meet Your Tutors

Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca Edwards is a highly experienced online editor and colourist, and an Avid Certified Instructor (ACI). She has credits on…

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What you will need

This course is delivered on campus at AFTRS, Monday – Friday, for three weeks. Attendance at all sessions is essential for you to complete the course. All assessments are within course hours.

All software and hardware are provided for this course. It is recommended that you have access to Avid Media Composer outside/after the course to continue to consolidate your skills.

This course is eligible for a payment plan –
25% to confirm enrolment in the course
25% due 14 days from beginning of course
25% due by the end of week 1 of the course
25% due by the end of week 2 of the course

If you enrol 14 – 1 day before course commencement, 50% payment will be required to confirm enrolment.

For more information and to request a full course outline, please email shortcourses@aftrs.edu.au.

To find out about future offerings of this course, register your interest. For more information email shortcourses@aftrs.edu.au or call 1300 223 877.


This course is for students aged 18+ only.

If a student wishes to withdraw from a course, they may do so up to 15 days before the course commences and get a full refund. Cancellations 14 days or less before course commencement will incur a penalty.

AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled by AFTRS prior to commencement a 100% refund or credit note of the course fees paid will be provided.

Should AFTRS need to cancel a course after commencement, but before its completion, reasonable efforts will be made to reschedule. If rescheduling is not feasible, it is at AFTRS sole discretion to issue either full or partial credit notes depending on the circumstances.

AFTRS will make every effort to ensure the scheduled run of any course.

If you are planning to travel to attend a course, please confirm with AFTRS that the course is confirmed before you make your travel bookings. This decision is dependent on course enrolments meeting minimum numbers. AFTRS is not liable for any travel or accommodation costs incurred through course cancellation at any time for any reason.

Find out more information about discounts and refunds here.