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Editing Courses and Classes Overview

Editing courses are available for those who want to learn the principles of developing and enhancing written works, images, and videos. Offerings range from standalone courses for personal enrichment to full undergraduate and graduate certificate and degree programs.

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Essential Information

Whether the area of interest is in writing, photography or film, editing courses provide a student with a foundation in the processes and technical aspects involved. Common concepts explored in editing courses include:

  • Critical Reading
  • Researching
  • Communications
  • Journalism
  • Photo Manipulation
  • Web design
  • Graphic design
  • Digital Media

Students typically complete projects during coursework and compile their creations in a professional portfolio that can be used when searching for employment. Depending on the degree program, obtaining an internship within the specialized area is required in order to gain practical, hands-on experience.

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List of Classes

Copy Editing

Become familiar with spotting grammatical, spelling and style areas in this editing class. Typically, students take this class midway through a journalism degree program, using the rules stipulated by the Associated Press to write letters and abbreviations. Techniques for clarity in writing, the importance of rereading material and eliminating unnecessary information are all covered. This course is for all forms of editing, including magazines, newspapers, business letters and advertisements.

News Editing

This editing course is part of a journalism program, typically available in the third and fourth years of a bachelor's degree, and provides students with the opportunity to examine career opportunities in the field of writing, including editing, which often has more possibilities. Students apply the journalism-style writing techniques they've learned and identify ways to make pieces suitable for magazines or newspapers. Specific topics include line editing, concept editing, preparing photos and rewriting. Students also study copyright laws to avoid problems in terms of art and the written word.

Magazine Editing and Design

This editing course is for journalism and other writing or editing majors who hope to work for print magazines publications. Students learn how to create a mock-up of a magazine, complete with layout and design. The course examines the cost of different types of paper, colored and black ink, delivery costs, and typography. Students gain practical aspect using typical software programs, such as Quark, necessary for press and Photoshop and other photo-editing programs, which can be used to create a certain look and feel for the magazine.

Image Editing and Implementation

This editing class is a part of most photography programs and it provides students with the basic skills necessary to fix photo color, retouch photos that have been destroyed or make adjustments to the film to make different aspects stand out. The course covers aspects like layering images to create a richer photo that is pretty and intelligent in design. Students learn how to optimize the prints for print or web publications.

Film Editing Techniques

This course introduces students in film classes to the principles of cutting out parts of a film or moving parts around to create a better story. Students learn how to make it flow without obvious bumps and transitions. In film, editing also involves inserting special effects, such as explosions, and music. Choosing what to keep and the order to have it in can often make or break a film. This is a course typically taken in the first two years of a filming degree.

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