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FTR1004 Editing

Semester 2, 2020 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Editing
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 100701 - Audio Visual Studies
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 February 2020


Examiner: Stuart Thorp


This course teaches fundamental skills in editing as well as an understanding of the aesthetics of the moving image in relation with the visual story. It encapsulates various technical skills, such as audio, colour and the use of sound is an integral part of the skill set needed to produce a film, documentary or television program. These skills will be used across all other Film and Television core courses.


This course provides students with the necessary training in order to understand and use the practical skills associated with digital video editing. Through the study of non-linear editing styles, students will gain an understanding of the development in technologies and the guiding principles for video editing, such as system setup, the interface, importing and organisation media, audio, effects and the visual story.


On completion of this course students should demonstrate an ability to:

  1. examine and implement procedures for media compilation, management, storage and functionality; plan and manage resources/facilities in order to meet deadlines and availability while working independently and collaboratively on a project;
  2. develop, research and evaluate ideas, concepts and processes by editing inform within a current digital environment;
  3. apply relevant editing skills and knowledge to produce and realise works in creative expression;
  4. manipulate, to a suitable standard, digital image and audio hardware and software;
  5. create unedited video footage for editing that clearly communicates its intended message within a cultural context.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Film for editing 30.00
2. Practical editing and storage 30.00
3. Hardware and software image and sound 40.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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Young, R 2019, The Focal easy guide to: Final Cut Pro X, 3rd edn, Focal Press.
For this course, students are required to purchase an Eternal 7200 rpm or Thunderbolt Hard Drive . This hardware will be necessary for use over the duration of the three years of the degree.
Students must have access to an Apple computer and Final Cut Pro x.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Anderson, GH 1998, Video editing and post production: a professional guide, 4th edn, Focal Press, Boston.
Bordwell, D & Thompson, K 2019, Film art; an introduction, 12th edn, McGraw Hill, New York.
Clark, B & Spohr, SJ 2002, Guide to postproduction for TV and film: managing the process, 2nd edn, Focal Press, New York.
Dancyger, K 2018, The technique of film and video editing: history theory and practice, 6th edn, Focal Press.
(New York.)

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 25 21 Aug 2020
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 30 18 Sep 2020
ASSIGNMENT 3 100 45 23 Oct 2020

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    On-campus: It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To successfully complete an individual assessment item, a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks .

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

Date printed 27 February 2020