Short course


Designed to provide you with a thorough, rapid and practical introduction to operational editing techniques using AVID.  Class time is divided between short illustrated lectures, demonstrations and (lots of) hands-on practice.

The course covers everything you need to know about Avid including:

System Overview
Editing Workflow
Starting a Project

Creating a new project in the correct format

Opening/closing and saving projects
Preparing to edit
Inputting source material

Import file based material
Overview of Editing screens and button functions
Starting to edit – insert or overwrite
Trimming sequences
Adding Audio from external sources plus EQ Tool and Audio Suite Plugins
Editing and trimming audio
Adding visual transition effects and motion effects

Timewarp and conventional motion effect
Creating titles – with crawl and roll function and visual manipulation
Outputting programmes 
Backing up
Overview of more complex ‘nesting’ visual transition and segment effects
Overview of Multi Camera Editing
Overview of 3D and Surround Sound facilities

One Person Per System

Experience with Avid systems is not necessary. A working background in editing, production or post-production is recommended but not essential

For this course you need to be computer competent.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £495
Corporate Rate: £950

Bursaries, supported by the Scottish Government, are also available for those who are eligible.


Bursaries, supported by the Scottish Government, are available for those who are eligible.

As an entry level vocational course, this course is also part of the Channel 2 Bursary Scheme. 

The Channel 2 Bursary Scheme aims to improve access to Scotland’s Film and TV industry by helping people from low-income backgrounds access entry level training with vocational outcomes. The bursary fund is aimed at people who, without financial support, would find it difficult to access training and therefore job opportunities within the sector. 

The Channel 2 Bursary Scheme was created by individuals working within the Film & TV industry, the funds are raised by individual sponsorship from industry practitioners.

Read about the fundraising here

If you wish to apply for a bursary to contribute to the costs of your course, please read the bursary guidelines below carefully to confirm your eligibility. Please do not apply to a course unless you are sure you meet the bursary eligibility criteria or are able to pay for the course. 

Once you have submitted your course application, your bursary application should be submitted to

The bursary deadline for this course is Monday 20th April 2020 at 9 am

Channel 2 Bursary Guidelines 

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form (Please also use this form for Channel 2 Bursary Applications)

If you are not eligible for an NFTS Scotland or Channel 2 bursary, please also read our Alternative Funding Avenues document which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help.


Course applicants for NFTS Scotland courses listed on ScreenSkills Skills Passport are now also eligible to apply for the Skills Passport Bursary (as long as they fit the eligibility criteria of the course itself) whilst the course is featured by ScreenSkills. Please follow the links for more information and to apply. 

How to apply

Application deadline:

To apply for this course, please complete this application form and submit your CV to