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Digital technology has transformed the editing process, yet it has also dramatically diminished the role of the assistant editor so that opportunities to learn the art of editing as an apprentice are increasingly hard to find.

Application Deadline: 08 May 2014

Course Overview

This course provides a thorough education in editing skills in a professional filmmaking environment. Editing students are encouraged to consider their craft as part of the whole process of film and television production and not merely as the final stage, making them true collaborators, not just efficient technicians.

The emphasis of the Editing curriculum is firmly on storytelling and the relationship between editor and director. Students learn to apply their craft to the demands of fiction, documentary and animation, creating visual narratives while working with sound, music and, where appropriate, special effects. Workshops with other departments develop concepts of visual storytelling, mise-en-scène, storyboarding, sound design, music and scriptwriting.

Editing graduates have a high rate of employment on feature films, shorts and television programmes. Many new graduates quickly become editors on independent productions or assistant editors on features or TV drama, while others gravitate to visual effects, promos and i-dents. One recent graduate was joint winner of the Best Young Editor Award at Broadcast Magazine's B+ Awards. Recent graduate editing credits include The Queen, Hannibal Rising, Reprise and New Moon at the cinema and Downton Abbey, Paul Merton in China, Holby City, Hustle, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Spooks on television.


Head of Post Production is Award-winning Re-Recording Mixer Dean Humphreys, who has worked with many of the world's leading directors, including Roman Polanski, Ridley Scott, Luc Besson, Bernardo Bertolucci and Franco Zeffirelli. Dean has also been the Sound Supervisor or Re-Recording mixer for major television series such as Kingdom (Stephen Fry) and Primeval, in addition to films including The Pianist (for which he won a César award), Interview With The Vampire, The Ghost Writer and Donnie Brasco.


Editors Lucia Zucchetti (The Queen; Mrs Henderson Presents), Alex Mackie (Downton Abbey; St Trinian's; CSI), David Freeman (The Full Monty), Peter Lambert (A Better Life; New Moon), Nicholas Chaudeurge (Wuthering Heights; Fish Tank; Red Road), Valerio Bonelli (Hannibal Rising; Cemetery Junction; Gladiator), Nick Fenton (Submarine; The Arbor) and Ewa J Lind (Far North; The Warrior) studied here.



  • With Sound Design and Composing students Abstract Film Workshop
  • Without Images - a sound-only project
  • Dramaturgy Workshop - focusing on script and script analysis, blocking and cover, and performance
  • Modules and workshops include Foundation exercises for fiction and documentary editing
  • Storyboarding workshop with Animation students Short documentary
  • Zen and Beyond - fiction workshop focusing on visual storytelling
  • Comedy Workshop - workshop using rushes from a feature film and focusing on editing for comedy and/or drama
  • Animation Project - developed and produced to a soundtrack Investigative Documentary - the major first year documentary production First Year Film - the major 1st year fiction production collaborating with all other departments


  • Fiction editing exercise focusing on drama editing and co-editing using complete rushes from a feature film
  • 2nd year fiction production, shot on a digital format
  • Graduation films in documentary, fiction and animation

Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School. In addition you will be given a cash Production Budget. NFTS students are engaged in more productions as part of the curriculum than any of our competitors.

  • Unique course in UK
  • Creative and technical skills developed
  • Study in a collaborative, filmmaking environment
  • Students assigned individual editing suites
  • The NFTS is an Avid Education Partner
  • Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School.