The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Editing program is designed for students who plan to enter the field of Motion Picture/Television Production as editors. The students are provided opportunity for hands-on training in Motion Picture/Television Production, in media theory, and in editing theory. Students are also provided opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge by producing a variety of projects using both linear and non-linear systems, and by using computer-based video compositing and title animation. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Motion Picture/Television Production degree is also available.


Academic Plan Code: 
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Total credits required: 
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses required within the program.

Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
TCM100Digital Multimedia (3) OR
Permission of Program Director0-3
TCM107Career Pathways in the Media3
TCM/MTC120Introduction to Sound Design for Film and Video3
TCM121Story Theory for Film, Television and Media3
TCM134Pre-Production for Motion Picture and Television3
TCM135Production for Motion Picture and Television3
TCM136Post-Production for Motion Picture and Television3
TCM241AVID Media Composer Editing4
TCM242Professional Portfolio in Film and Television2
TCM243Introduction to Video Compositing and Title Animation4
TCM244Film Finishing4
TCM280The Art of Editing3
TCM283Advanced Non-Linear Editing Techniques4
THF/HUM205Introduction to Cinema3
  • Demonstrate use of computers and basic video cameras to manipulate and create multimedia products. (TCM100)
  • Explain the preparatory steps necessary for entry-level positions in the broadcasting/film industry. (TCM107)
  • Demonstrate analog and digital recording techniques in the field as well as in a controlled environment. (TCM/MTC120)
  • Identify basic elements of story theory and structure as they pertain to feature films, TV programs (both one-hour dramas and sitcoms), video games, reality TV programs and industrial/commercial videos to write a script for different categories of media. (TCM121)
  • Identify and describe the basic elements of pre-production for motion picture and television. (TCM134)
  • Pre-produce one film and one video project. (TCM134)
  • Identify and describe the basic elements of production for motion picture and television. (TCM135)
  • Produce one film and one video shoot. (TCM135)
  • Identify and describe the elements of post-production for motion picture and television. (TCM136)
  • Complete the post-production and marketing plan for one film and one video project. (TCM136)
  • Use non-linear editing techniques to create and edit a variety of assigned projects. (TCM241)
  • Use an editing system to edit a film or television project for presentation. (TCM242)
  • Plan and produce a project using computer based video compositing and title animation. (TCM243)
  • Use advanced non-linear techniques and applications to create and edit an advanced project. (TCM244, TCM283)
  • Use advanced non-linear editing techniques to prepare an individual project for entry into a film festival. (TCM280)
  • Plan and produce a project using advanced non-linear techniques for effect and compositing creation. (TCM283)
  • Review the history and development of the art of motion pictures including the aesthetic and technical elements. (THF/HUM205)

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