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Essential Final Cut Pro X

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

This course will give students an understanding of how to film and edit work using Final Cut Pro X software, exploring how to use editing techniques to improve colour and to manipulate sound, and how to storyboard.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

Some basic computer skills are essential, knowledge of the Apple Mac platform is desirable.

Special Infomation

Materials and equipment provided for students as part of the course and included in course fee:

  • External hard drives to store work.
  • Access to Mac lab
  • Final Cut Pro X software

Essentials Materials and equipment students will need to provide themselves:

  • Sketchbook and basic writing/drawing materials
  • Digital Camera or smart phone for filming
  • Memory stick 16gb minimum

Content of Course

The course teaching is delivered over an intensive period of two consecutive day sessions, each with six hours class contact time. Over the class sessions the course will cover:

Day 1 – An introduction to digital editing and editing history and theory. Demonstrations of editing exercises such as creating masks, colour manipulation and sound editing. Students will begin to formulate ideas, conduct research and test out editing techniques

Day 2 –students will use the research and tests done on day 1 to develop and refine their ideas working towards completing a final video piece.

Teaching method(s)

Students’ progress will be monitored and supported by the tutor who will suggest follow up reading, research and practice to undertake each week to support their studies. Teaching will include practical demonstrations, one to one tuition, group discussions and critiques.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • An understanding of digital editing and film editing theory and history;
  • Students will be able to perform and execute digital editing techniques;
  • Students will be able to plan and work towards creating a final video work.


Core Readings


Murch, Walter, 2001. In the Blink of an Eye.  A Perspective on Film Editing. Los Angeles, CA: Silman-James Press

Figgis, Mike, 2007. Digital Film-making. London: Faber & Faber

Class Handouts

Course information will be provided on enrolment and handouts provided during the course.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.