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Industry Certificate: TV Assistant Editor

Become a TV Assistant Editor

In this Industry Certificate 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?

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 more interested in working as a Post Producer in TV, see our new Industry Certificate: Post Producer course.

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

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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.


Currently, AFTRS is in the Orange Zone of the AFTRS COVID-Safe Roadmap.

This means the requirements for all staff and students coming into the AFTRS building are as follows:

  • Proof of full vaccination (or a certified medical exemption plus a negative COVID test within 72 hrs before entry)
  • Service NSW QR Code Check-in & AFTRS QR Code check-in
  • Mandatory Mask wearing in all public spaces, teaching rooms & workspaces
  • Maintain 1.5 meters physical distance at all times
  • Anyone who has been interstate from NSW in the last 7 days needs to present a negative COVID test within 72 hrs of entry
  • Anyone who has a ‘Red Warning’ in Service NSW App from potential contact with a positive COVID case in the last 7 days needs to present a negative test since that date at entry

You will not be permitted entry if you fail to comply with any of the above, if you are awaiting the results of a COVID test, are a close contact, or are unwell and presenting any symptoms.

All students participating in face-to-face courses are required to adhere to the AFTRS COVID-Safe Requirements as directed by AFTRS.

AFTRS reserves the right to update or amend AFTRS’ COVID-Safe Requirements at any time for any reason.

AFTRS reserves the right to suspend any student from a face-to-face course for any failure to adhere to the AFTRS COVID-Safe Requirements.

Any student from a face-to-face course suspended due to a failure to adhere to the AFTRS COVID-Safe Requirements will not be eligible for any partial or full course fee refund.

Read more about AFTRS’ COVID-Safe protocols here.

To find out about future offerings of this course, register your interest. For more information email info@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.