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FTR2004 Advanced Editing

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: Advanced Editing
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 100701 - Audio Visual Studies
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: James Miller


Pre-requisite: FTR1004

Other requisites

For this course, students are required to purchase an External Hard Drive with Thunderbolt. This hardware will be necessary for use over the duration of the three years of the degree course. Students must have access to an Apple computer and Final Cut-Pro X.

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


Advanced Editing draws on skills and methods used in previous courses with in this major. The aim of this course is to equip students with advanced knowledge and craft skills needed to become professional film and television editors. You will focus on the creative aspects of editing, developing problem-solving skills and gain a high level of technical expertise as you work on drama, documentary and short narrative projects.


This course provides an opportunity to expand on content, style and form within the field of video colour editing productions styles. The course is designed for committed editors who aspire to further develop their craft. With a strong emphasis on hands-on, students acquire advanced specialist knowledge and work at a professional levels on a range of productions.
It requires students to build on knowledge and skills acquired in FTR1004 Editing and other key courses within the major.


At the completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate:

  1. the application of knowledge when organising work flow of data management;
  2. an ability to develop, research & evaluate ideas, concepts and processes through creative, critical and reflective thinking and practice;
  3. apply relevant skills and knowledge to produce and realise works, artifacts and forms of creative expression in relation to advanced colour compositing, effects;
  4. interpret, communicate and present ideas, problems and arguments in modes suited to a range of audiences;
  5. an awareness of the application of colour grading and direction.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Organizing work flow of data management 20.00
2. Advanced colour editing techniques 20.00
3. Advanced compositing, colour effects 20.00
4. Editing techniques in Da Vinci Resolve 20.00
5. Colour grading principles 20.00

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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Van Hurkman, Alexis 2014, Color correction handbook: professional techniques for video and cinema, 2nd edn, Peachpit Press, San Francisco, California.

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.
Bordwell, D & Thompson, K 2019, Film art: an introduction, 12th edn, McGraw-Hill.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 26.00
Independent Study 139.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 20 12 Mar 2021 1,4
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 30 23 May 2021 1,3,4,5
ASSIGNMENT 3 100 50 04 Jun 2021 1,2,3,4,5

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 satisfactorily 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 18 June 2021