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The Six-Week Art of Editing Class Now Includes Avid.
The Edit Center students on editing stations

FAQ
  1. Do I need any prior filmmaking or computer knowledge in order to take your class?
  2. Do you help out-of-town students find housing in New York during the course?
  3. Can I take the six-week class if I also have a part-time job?
  4. Do you help students find jobs after completing the class?
  5. If I want to take the class, how can I find out beforehand what films we will be editing?
  6. Do you offer classes in any other locations?
  7. Do you offer financial aid or scholarships?
  8. Can I come in to visit your classes?
  9. Do I need to buy anything or bring anything with me?
  10. Will I have my own computer to work on?
  11. I'm a director with a film I want to submit for editing in the six-week course. How do I apply?

  1. Do I need any prior filmmaking or computer knowledge in order to take your class?
    While many of our students have had prior experience working in the film industry, no experience of this sort is necessary or expected. You will, however, find 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. But the only thing that is truly required for the six-week class is motivation; film editing requires the ability to work independently and creatively.

  2. Do you help out-of-town students find housing in New York during the course?
    Although we are unable to officially assist students in obtaining housing, since we regularly enroll international and out of town students, we do have a list of local and area hotels and hostels that you are welcome to investigate. Click here for more information.

  3. Can I take the six-week class if I also have a part-time job?
    After the first week of full-time (10:00 am to 5:00 pm), intensive Final Cut Pro training, students attend either a morning shift, 9:00 am to 2:30 pm, or an afternoon shift, 1:30 pm to 7:00 pm, (there is cross over time everyday from 1:30-2:30). The rest of the day is left free for you to continue working a part-time job elsewhere in the city. Know, however, that we occasionally invite guest lecturers or hold other events as a group, and that these special events tend to take place in the afternoon cross over time or after 7:00 pm. Attendance at these lectures and events is not mandatory, but you may wish to keep them in mind as you plan your schedule.

  4. Do you help students find jobs after completing the class?
    We do not have an official job placement program and we do not make any promises about getting our students jobs after completing the six-week course. We do, however, believe that this course will make you extremely prepared for any editing job you may acquire after the course is through. Many of our former students are employed as editors and assistant editors but, as you probably know, freelance editing is a tough business. When we get calls from directors looking for editors, we do try to forward these requests on to former students, but of course this cannot be guaranteed for any particular student.

  5. If I want to take the class, how can I find out beforehand what films we will be editing?
    We do not announce the projects for upcoming classes until about a week before the class is about to begin. As the film business is a quick-moving one, we have found that we can get the best possible films by finalizing them just before the class starts. We always pick a film that we feel will provide the best experience for a class and films edited in our six-week course range from conventionally-shot, 35mm narratives to handheld, mini-DV, improvised features to verite documentaries without scripts.

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

  7. 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.

  8. Can I come in to visit your classes?
    As we know the course is a big commitment, we encourage prospective students to stop by and get a sense of our program. We only ask that you call beforehand so we can make sure you don't interrupt a guest speaker or director's screening.

  9. 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.

  10. Will I have my own computer to work on?
    In the first week of the class, you'll work mostly with a partner (we find this helps people learn Final Cut Pro more quickly). After that week, however, you'll have five hours a day on your own editing system.

  11. I'm a director with a film I want to submit for editing in the six-week class.  How do I apply?
    To submit a film for consideration for use in an upcoming Six-week Art of Editing class, please refer to our documentary and narrative film submission guidelines located here.



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