DIGI175: Fundamentals of Editing

11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/01/2024

Course Description

This course is a study of the techniques and workflow of the non-linear editing process, including tools and formats as they relate to the post-production process.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


God’s word tells us that a person skilled in their craft will stand before kings (Proverbs 22:29). As a digital storyteller, part of learning the craft is commanding the necessary tools that help to shape the story. Just as the ability to write is crucial to good storytelling, non-linear editing is critical to focusing that story in a digital world. The quality, quantity, and complexity of the tools is continually increasing—which means skills must also grow. This course is about developing proficiency in the most prominent, professional video editing platforms available today. From establishing a timeline to exporting a finished product ready for distribution, this course will lay a foundation for editing stories of various lengths, scope, and tone.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, websites, and Lynda.com tutorials

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Video Discussion

The student will post a 2–4-minute video introducing himself/herself to the class. Then, the student will post 2 replies of at least 150 words to classmates’ videos.

Discussions (7)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete 7 Discussions in this course. The student will post one thread of at least 150 words. Then, the student must then post 2 replies of at least 100 words each to their classmates’ threads. For each thread, the students much support their assertion with at least 1 citation using the textbook in current APA format; and integration of a least 1 biblical principle. Each reply must incorporate at least 1 citation using the textbook in APA format. 

PR Project Assignments (4)

The Premiere Project Assignments are smaller projects that test individual knowledge of the subjects learned during that module: week. Three of them involve submitting a screenshot of the finished project and the fourth involves submitting a project file. These projects only tests the student’s knowledge on 1 or 2 aspects of the program and not multiple as do the Video Editing Project Assignments.

Video Editing Project Assignments (3)

The student will be assigned various video and audio editing projects with an increasing level of complexity, in order to develop and illustrate technical and aesthetic decision-making skills from the video editor’s perspective. The required text for this course includes tutorial media necessary to complete the editing exercises. Additionally, tutorial videos and exercises will be available through Lynda.com in order to augment learning of the software. Completed Adobe Premiere project files (.prproj) must be turned in to receive credit.

Reflection Assignment

The student will think about all they have learned throughout the course and answer three questions in 250 words.

Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will cover the Jago readings for the previous 2 assigned Modules: Weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 12 – 25 multiple-choice, multiple-answer, true/false, and matching questions, and have a 1 hour time limit.

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