Essential Final Cut Pro X

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.

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.

Essential Final Cut Pro X

Room 1.14, Thomson's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AQ
Start date
2 days
Day(s) and Times(s)
Mon 17 & Tue 18 July, 9.30am - 4.30pm
Subject Area
Niall Webb
Room 1.14, Thomson's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AQ
Time of Day

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:

  • 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. Students will use the research and tests to develop and refine their ideas working towards completing a final video piece.

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

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.


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.

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)

If you feel you have specific requirements to enable you to study with us, please contact our Student Support Team by email or by phone 0131 650 4400 to arrange a confidential discussion. Giving us this information will enable us to make arrangements to meet your requirements for studying in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010.