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FAQ
  1. Do I need any prior filmmaking or computer knowledge in order to take your classes?
  2. Are you teaching on the latest version of Final Cut Pro and other software?
  3. Do you offer classes in any other locations?
  4. Do you offer financial aid or scholarships?
  5. Can I come in to visit your classes?
  6. Do I need to buy anything or bring anything with me?
  7. Will I have my own computer to work on?
  8. What does it mean to be Apple-Certified?
  9. How can I learn more about the aesthetics of editing?

  1. Do I need any prior filmmaking or computer knowledge in order to take your classes?
    While many of our students have had prior experience working in the film industry, the intro-level classes (FCP 100, Motion 101, DVDSP 101 and the One-Week FCP Intensive) assume no prior knowledge of filmmaking or the software involved. The advanced classes, however, do require prior knowledge of Final Cut Pro. Please feel free to call to discuss which class would be the best fit for you. Beginner users should also know that a basic working knowledge of computers will greatly improve your experience as a student here. For those of you with little experience using computers, we recommend looking into a basic introductory Macintosh computer class.

  2. Are you teaching on the latest version of Final Cut Pro and other software?
    As new versions of Final Cut Pro, Motion, DVD Studio Pro, and the Mac OS are released we quickly incorporate them into our classes, though we do allow a few weeks to troubleshoot and update the curriculum before all the student machines are put on the new software.

  3. Do you offer classes in any other locations?
    We currently only offer classes in New York City.

  4. Do you offer financial aid or scholarships?
    As we are a small school, unaffiliated with any college or university, we do not currently have the means to provide financial aid or scholarships for our courses.

  5. Can I come in to visit your classes?
    We encourage prospective students to stop by and get a sense of our program and facility. We do ask that you call beforehand so we can make sure there is a teacher available to talk to you.

  6. Do I need to buy anything or bring anything with me?
    You may wish to bring a notebook to class with you, but we provide everything else.

  7. Will I have my own computer to work on?
    Yes. Each student has their own editing system to work on during the class.

  8. What does it mean to be Apple-Certified?
    Apple Certification in Final Cut Pro or DVD Studio Pro is a way to set yourself apart from the many people who use these applications. It is a way to differentiate yourself to potential employers and provides an official recognition of your skills.

  9. How can I learn more about the aesthetics of editing?
    We also offer a six-week course in the art of editing. Students edit a real movie (using Final Cut Pro) under the supervision of experienced teachers. If you have the time and are interested in pursuing a career as an editor, you may wish to take this class instead of or in addition to a shorter Final Cut Pro class.


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