Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Introduction to Post Production and Editing
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Practical assessment  (90 minutes) The use of Avid  40%
Semester Assessment Reflective essay  (2,000 words)  60%
Supplementary Assessment Practical assessment  (90 minutes) The use of Avid  40%
Supplementary Assessment Reflective essay  (2,000 words)  60%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the post production workflow and the roles and responsibilities of those involved.

2. Develop an understanding of the legal requirements for completing and delivering a film

3. Develop a deep knowledge of visual literacy

4. Demonstrate a sound knowledge of editing different genres and cross – genre conventions

5. Demonstrate good team skills whilst working as a team

6. Demonstrate how post production can change the intention of the movie

7. Demonstrate dexterity and technical understanding in the use of post production procedures and software

8. Demonstrate an understanding of professional practice and the logistical pressures of post production in terms of time management, organization, resources.

Brief description

The post-production phase of a film usually takes longer than the actual shooting, and can take several months to complete because it includes the editing, the grade, visual effects and the addition of music and sound. During post-production it is possible to change the course and intention of the film. The course will provide an overview of all the processes of post production, with particular emphasis on editing as its main component. We will see how a film can change direction and how the atmosphere of a film can be heavily influenced by the use of sound design and music during post production.


Course delivery will be 10 x 1 hour lectures, 10 x 1 hour seminars and 10 x 2 hour workshops. The lectures will focus on the workflow and lecture topics will be discussed in the seminars. During the workshops the students will put theory into practice with practical work on the Avid system and editing.

The lectures and Seminars will focus on the following:
The role of the post supervisor and managing the process
Introduction to editing on the Avid
Color correction and grading
Sound design
Editing techniques
Music in Film
The use of VFX and Green Screen
The Pre Mix and the Dub
Completion, physical and legal delivery

The principles of Editing
Understanding the exigencies of the script
Working with Avid
Visual storytelling
Cutting for Drama
Cutting for Comedy
Practical work with non linear editing systems
The impact of Visual effects
The Grade
Sound design and the dub

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Use of editing package and sound package involves application of number skills.
Communication Managing editorial workflow is about communication with all the various aspects feeding into the edit. Effective communication skills will be developed throughout the module.
Improving own Learning and Performance Formative feedback will be provided throughout the module which will help students to improve their own learning and performance.
Information Technology Specialized professional software will be used and students skills will be developed through the module. They will prepare and input data, manage systems and interpret information.
Personal Development and Career planning The module emphasizes post production work in professionally defined roles. It establishes on a basic level the professional procedures in post production.
Problem solving Editing is a continuous process of problem-solving. Students are tested on this individually.
Research skills Students undertake research as part of the seminar/workshop program and will be assessed on their ability to identify, locate, evaluate and effectively use their knowledge to apply to the issues that arise.
Subject Specific Skills Post Production and editing skills will be developed throughout the module.
Team work Students will contribute to the planning of group activities and will be expected to play an active part in group activities. Students will be expected to evaluate group activities as well as their own contribution. Real life incidents will be reviewed and students will be required to work as groups to offer effective resolutions.


This module is at CQFW Level 4