Short course


COVID-19 lockdown in Scotland Update: All face-to-face delivery in January is postponed as of 5th January 2021 in line with government guidelines. You may continue with your application to secure a place and be advised of future dates. We will re-stage this course as soon as safe and practical to do so. 

Face-to-face delivery, subject to government guidelines allowing, with COVID-19 protocols in place
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This 5 day course will develop your skills and confidence in editing factual content through practice and feedback in a supported learning environment.

As well as editing practice, you will be introduced to a range of UK television factual, critically review content and apply what they learn to your own practice.

You will examine the culture of the factual cutting room and be introduced to the strategies required to build a sustainable career as an editor within the current TV industry.

This course is led by Thérèse Lynch, an Avid editor with many years’ staff and freelance experience, specialising in storytelling and structure. Her experience crosses genres including long-form factual, magazine/formatted factual, children's TV (CBBC and Cbeebies), current affairs, entertainment, music, drama and news.

Previous course participants said: 

'Have been really happy with the course and would highly recommend it.'
'This was a fantastic course. Therese Lynch was very thorough, knowledgeable, kind and supportive and I am very confident that this course will help further my editing career in the long run.'
'It makes you think more about how something is constructed and what the editor might have had to deal with in the raw footage in order to bring it all together.'

This course requires that you are able to operate Avid Media Composer to edit, as the course focuses on the craft of editing, not the practicalities. If you do not have knowledge of this platform, please consider taking our Avid Media Composer Familiarisation course prior to taking this course. 

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £865
Corporate Rate: £1260


Bursaries, supported by the Scottish Government, are available for those who are eligible.

If you wish to apply for a bursary to contribute to the costs of your course, please read the bursary guidelines below carefully to confirm your eligibility. Please do not apply to a course unless you are sure you meet the bursary eligibility criteria or are able to pay for the course. 

The bursary deadline for this course is Wednesday 6th January 2021 at 9am.

Please note that bursary funding availability from NFTS Scotland is limited and we encourage you to seek alternative avenues of funding as well. 

Please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help.

Once you have submitted your course application, your bursary application should be submitted to

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form 

How to apply

Application deadline: Book Now

Please complete the application form to apply. You will be asked to upload your CV.

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