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New York Film Academy Digital Editing

Hands-on Intensive 4-Week Digital Editing Workshop

A student works on editing at NYFA's digital editing school NYFA guest speaker Editor Thelma Schoonmaker A NYFA digital editing instructor assists a student


The Four-Week Digital Editing Workshop was designed to serve the needs of students from a wide array of professional, personal and educational backgrounds. It is a full-time, intensive workshop that meets during the day. For students contemplating a longer-term education in editing or a career in the industry, it is an excellent introduction to the field. This course gives students the necessary skills to edit with Media Composer and a theoretical toolset for approaching different projects.

The workshop explores theoretical and technical approaches to editing. Students are provided footage to edit various projects over the course: a music video, trailer, short documentary, and a short narrative scene. Each day consists of approximately three hours of class and three hours of supervised lab time. Lab time is part of the schedule, and allows the students to utilize the skills they have acquired. At the end of the course students will have a completed demo reel, which will be a compilation of all of their work. They may also take an Avid Certified User exam.

Course Descriptions

Editing with Media Composer
Editing Theory
After Effects/Photoshop
DaVinci Resolve

Editing with Media Composer

This is the core class of the Digital Video Editing Workshop. In daily meetings, students are instructed on the latest version of Avid Media Composer. Critical skills such as starting a project, making cuts, post-production workflow, sound design, media management, basic effects and other advanced skills are taught.
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Editing Theory

In Theory class, students explore picture editing and sound editing conventions and techniques. The instructor presents relevant movie scenes to the topic of class in order to facilitate discussion. Students analyze such things as mood, rhythm, coverage conventions, continuity, and film grammar.
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After Effects/Photoshop

During the last week of the course the students learn the basic tools of Adobe After-Effects and Photoshop. Filmmakers will encounter these two popular programs multiple times in their careers.
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DaVinci Resolve

Students are given an introduction to the color correction capabilities of this robust and groundbreaking color correction software.
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Dates & Tuition


Tuition: $3,650 (USD)

Location & Available Dates

For New York City:
Oct 10, 2016 - Nov 5, 2016
Feb 6, 2017 - Mar 4, 2017
Jul 10, 2017 - Aug 5, 2017
Oct 2, 2017 - Oct 28, 2017

For Los Angeles:
Oct 10, 2016 - Nov 5, 2016
Feb 6, 2017 - Mar 4, 2017
Jul 10, 2017 - Aug 5, 2017
Oct 2, 2017 - Oct 28, 2017

For South Beach Florida:
Feb 6, 2017 - Mar 4, 2017
Apr 3, 2017 - Apr 29, 2017
Jun 5, 2017 - Jul 1, 2017
Aug 7, 2017 - Sep 1, 2017

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