Avid Media Composer Certified User Accreditation

FacultyWestminster School of Media, Arts and Design

The Media Composer MC101: Editing Essentials and MC110: Effects Essentials courses combined lead to Avid Certified User accreditation for Media Composer software version 8.

Through these courses you will develop a firm grasp of the core skills, workflows, and concepts of non-linear editing on the Avid Media Composer system. Media Composer is used by professional editors in every segment of movie making, television, broadcast and streaming media.

You can take the modules individually, but will need both to receive Avid Certified User accreditation for Media Composer.

An Avid Certified User credential allows you to:

  • differentiate yourself from competitors
  • make your resume stand out with downloadable logos
  • prove your credentials with a certificate of achievement

Who is this course for?

This course if for anyone with an interest in video editing who wishes to take their skills to an industry-accredited level. Some experience of video editing in any software package is an advantage, but not essential.

Courses no longer available
Name Start date Duration Day and time Price Apply
MC101: Editing Essentials 1 November 2016 1 November – 13 December 2016 and 24 January – 7 February 2017 Tuesdays 5–7.30pm £375 (students £200, alumni £300) Already started
MC110: Effects Essentials 14 February 2017 14 February – 4 April 2017 Tuesdays 5–7.30pm £375 (students £200, alumni £300) Already started

Course content

MC101: Editing Essentials

The Editing Essentials module covers the tools you need to start a basic project, assemble the story and output to the web, and builds on this to offer complete, foundational training in professional editing.

We will cover:

  • Starting a project
  • Assemble the picture and sound
  • Refining the edit
  • Packaging and output
  • Project organisation
  • Building the scene
  • Cutting dialogue
  • Reworking a scene
  • Mixing sequence audio
  • Output and delivery
  • Media management
  • Customising media composer

MC110: Effects Essentials

The Effects Essentials module follows on from Editing Essentials, and provides a solid foundation in Media Composer audio and video effects capabilities. You will learn audio adjustments and effects, multi-layered video compositing, tracking, stabilisation, various retiming methods and basic colour-grading techniques.

We will cover:

  • Introduction to Visual effects
  • Corrective effects
  • High-resolution images
  • Retiming
  • Colour treating and correcting
  • Nesting multiple effects
  • Multilayer effects
  • Performance and rendering
  • Keying and mattes
  • 3D title animation with marquee

What is included?

You will receive two official Avid training syllabus workbooks, full tuition covering the syllabus, and help preparing and revising for the exams. Two attempts at each exam are included in the course fee and extra revision classes are available if required.

  • For MC101: Editing Essentials you will need some basic knowledge of video production as a pre-requisite, but no prior experience of Avid Media Composer software.
  • To take MC110: Effects Essentials, you will need to have completed MC101: Editing Essentials.

On passing the exams for both modules, you will receive Avid Certified User accreditation for Media Composer software (version 7), awarded directly from Avid.

Aaron Kay is a Video Technologies Specialist at Westminster School of Media Arts and Design, and has been delivering tuition in post-production software to university students for the past 15 years. In 2007 he was awarded a Teaching and Learning Fellowship for his work integrating professional software learning into taught courses and programmes. Also a practising artist, Aaron graduated from the University’s Art and Media Practice MA programme in 2013.

Contact us

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

Amy Huynh
Short Courses Support Team
University of Westminster

E: [email protected]

T: +44 (0)20 350 69900