Short course


COVID-19 lockdown in Scotland Update: All face-to-face delivery in January is postponed as of 5th January 2021 in line with government guidelines. You may continue with your application to secure a place and be advised of future dates. We will re-stage this course as soon as safe and practical to do so. 

Face-to-face delivery, subject to government guidelines allowing, with COVID-19 protocols in place
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Are you interested in taking one of our craft editing skills but need to learn or brush up on Avid? This is the course for you.

Designed to provide you with a thorough, rapid and practical introduction to operational editing techniques, this course covers everything you need to know to get started editing with Avid including:

System Overview
Editing Workflow
Starting a Project 
Opening/closing and saving projects
Preparing to edit
Importing source material
Overview of the editing screens and button functions
Starting to edit - inserting and overwriting
Trimming sequences
Adding audio from external sources
Editing and trimming audio
Adding visual transition effects and motion effects
Creating titles – with crawl and roll function and visual manipulation
Outputting programmes 
Backing up

One Person Per System

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

For this course you need to be computer competent.

This course is led by Thérèse Lynch, an Avid editor with many years’ staff and freelance experience, specialising in storytelling and structure. Her experience crosses genres including long-form factual, magazine/formatted factual, children's TV (CBBC and Cbeebies), current affairs, entertainment, music, drama and news.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £345
Corporate Rate: £525

Price held to end of January 2021

The course fee advertised is subsidised for freelancers by ScreenSkills with support from the BFI, awarding National Lottery funds as part of its Future Film Skills strategy; as part of work to diversify the screen industry workforce, this year there is also a further reduction in fees of up to 50% available for freelancers with disabilities and/or who are from black, Asian or minority ethnic groups. Please advise in your application statement if you are eligible and are applying for this reduction. 


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

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. 

The bursary deadline for this course is Wednesday 6th January 2021 at 9am.

Please note that bursary funding availability from NFTS Scotland is limited and we encourage you to seek alternative avenues of funding as well. 

Please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help.

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

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form 

How to apply

Application deadline: Book Now

Please complete the application form to apply. You will also be asked to upload your CV.

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