Fundamentals of Editing – DIGI 175

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

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.




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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate relevant knowledge of the ways in which Christian principles are expressed in the practice of digital storytelling.
  2. Analyze the way meaning is structured and perceived in digital video project assembly.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the techniques and practices of digital video editing in all phases of production; use of relevant tools for each of these stages.
  4. Create digital media products that demonstrate understanding of the technology, technique, and process of non-linear editing.
  5. Demonstrate skills in the basic operation of select Adobe CC applications and workflow.
  6. Demonstrate understanding of professional habits in post-production management.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, websites, and tutorials

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Class Introductions Video

The student will record a short introduction video answering the questions in the prompt. The student will then write 150-word responses to at least 2 of his/her classmates’ video introductions.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words.

Video Editing Projects (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 in order to augment learning of the software. Completed Adobe Premiere project files (.prproj) must be turned in to receive credit.

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.

PR Projects (4)

The Premiere Projects 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 test students' knowledge on 1 or 2 aspects of the program and not multiple as do the Video Editing Projects.