NFTS Scotland: Avid Media Composer Familiarisation In Person

Short course


In person 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.

About the tutor

Dario Sinforiani (Professor in Communications, Media and Culture and Head of Production Teaching at Stirling University) has taught practical television and film making since 2004, and combined teaching with an active career in production. Dario has experience across the whole range of the production and post production process, and has produced, shot and edited on a number of factual and sports programmes for broadcast and worked extensively in the corporate market. He is also an experienced trainer, having run short courses for a range of production and media companies, as well as developing and delivering courses on video content for multiplatform production to media professionals across Scotland.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £385
Corporate Rate: £575


As part of our work to diversify the screen industry workforce, there is reduction in fees of up to 50% made available by our partnership with the BFI for freelancers with disabilities, who are ethnically diverse or from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

Please state ‘APPLYING FOR ADDITIONAL BFI FUNDING’ at the end of your Why do you wish to attend?’ statement on the application form in order for your submission to be considered.


A limited number of bursaries are available for all of our short courses. Channel 2 bursaries are also available for introductory level short vocational courses, including this one.  

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 can pay for the course by other means.

Please apply as far in advance of the course date as possible (and no later than 10 working days in advance of the course date) to give yourself the best chance of securing a supported place, as we may not be able to accommodate all applications.

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

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines 
Channel 2 Bursary Guidelines

Bursary Application Form 

If you are not eligible for an NFTS Scotland bursary, please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document (pdf) which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help. Please submit your application in plenty of time as timescales for funders differ. 

How to apply

Application deadline: Book Now

Please complete the application form to apply. You will also be asked to upload your CV.
Please also read the Terms and Conditions of booking as payment of a succesful application assumes acceptance of these. 

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