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Professional Academy Diploma in Video Editing with Adobe Premiere Pro

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If you are looking to educate, entertain, and engage an audience, there’s no better format than video. This course will have you creating professional quality video content in just 12 weeks, as we take you through the essentials of video editing in Adobe Premiere Pro.

Hands-on from the very first lesson, you’ll learn the skills required to tell compelling stories through video using this industry standard editing tool. You will work on a variety of video formats and types that could be applied to a wide range of personal and professional projects.

Video Editing with Adobe Premiere Pro Course Modules

Learn to master Premiere Pro’s powerful visual and audio editing capabilities to produce highly polished videos that incorporate transitions, fades, effects, voiceover, animation, text, graphics, and more!

Experiment with jump cuts, strobing, blurs, and zoom as you learn how to bring your own style and tempo to a video. With in-class exercises and projects, you’ll get hands-on experience of taking a video project from the planning stages to the final export. Three assessment projects can also form the basis of your video portfolio as you pursue career opportunities in this area.

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1. Project Planning & Preparation

Discover why Adobe Premiere Pro is the industry go-to and what kind of editing environment you need to get the most from it. Learn about video quality, resolutions, and other considerations.

  • Intro to Premiere Pro
  • Other applications in the Adobe Creative Suite
  • Hardware and storage considerations
  • SD, HD, UHD, 4K, 8K, etc.
  • Screen resolutions, sizing, and quality
  • Workflows, templates, and project planning

2. Project Assets & Timeline

Learn how copyright and ownership are considered when using assets in video editing. Learn to source and review your footage and dive deeper into how to organise your projects and workspace.

  • Copyright, attribution, restrictions, and permissions
  • Camera footage and stock video
  • Source and review footage
  • Importing to the timeline
  • Production notes
  • Applying audio to a timeline

3. Transitions, Audio & Lower Thirds

Learn about the title-safe area, or lower third, and how to work with text elements and creative dissolves. Look at how to address colour discrepancies and adding audio to your video.

  • Dissolves and pre/post rolls
  • Text elements and typography
  • Colour correcting and Lumetri Color
  • Using asset bins
  • File and folder management
  • Working with audio and backing tracks

4. Rough Cuts & Audio Editing

Learn how to add your video elements and arrange the timeline with your initial edits to get a ‘rough cut’ of your video. This is the working draft that you can then start adding transitions, effects, and other edits to.

  • Customising the workspace
  • Using the Source Monitor
  • Audio fades and crossfades
  • Using the Effect Controls panel
  • Zoom cuts

5. Dynamic Text & Colour Grading

Dive deeper into colour management, including the principles of colour grading and correction. Look at pre-installed motion graphics and external templates available from Adobe.

  • Opacity, transparency, and overlays
  • Red and yellow render bars
  • Principles of colour grading
  • Look Up Tables (LUT) and Look presets
  • The Lumetri Color panel

6. Music Video (Part 1)

Over two sessions, you will deepen your understanding of the concepts already covered and explore new skills through the planning and creation of an original music video.

  • Planning and storyboarding
  • Matching content to subject matter
  • Pace and tone of visual delivery
  • Sourcing footage and audio files
  • Slow motion and timed effects
  • Creative transitions, fades, and effects

7. Music Video (Part 2)

Over two sessions, you will deepen your understanding of the concepts already covered and explore new skills through the planning and creation of an original music video.

  • Colour grading and corrections
  • Using dynamic text
  • Opacity, transparency and zoom-ins
  • Grain, blur, and sharpen
  • Adjustment layers
  • Cleaning up and exporting

8. Image Editing For Video

In this session, you’ll take a break from Premiere Pro and explore how to use Adobe Photoshop to prepare photographic elements for use in your videos.

  • Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
  • Sourcing images
  • Image optimisation for video
  • Selecting objects within images
  • Removing items from images
  • Basic image healing and manipulation

9. Logo Design & Animation For Video

Switching between Photoshop and Premiere Pro, you’ll learn about non-destructive editing techniques and create a bespoke logo. You’ll import Photoshop assets into your timeline and learn to animate elements.

  • Masks and smart objects
  • Non-destructive editing, effects, and repairs
  • Appling a Ken Burns effect
  • Shape manipulation
  • Working with layers
  • Animating logo elements

10. Promotional Marketing Video (Part 1)

Drive the creation of a marketing video from start to finish over two sessions as you ramp up your video editing skills. Explore skills such as working with voiceovers, remixing, text effects, animations, and speed ramping.

  • Storyboarding and production notes
  • Script development
  • Hardware and considerations for recording voiceover
  • Tone of delivery and pacing
  • A and B roll

11. Promotional Marketing Video (Part 2)

Drive the creation of a marketing video from start to finish over two sessions as you ramp up your video editing skills. Explore skills such as working with voiceovers, remixing, text effects, and animations.

  • Animating text via keyframes
  • Adding subtitles
  • Applying brand colours
  • Encoding and exporting

12. Expanding Our Creative Horizons

Find out how to get the most of your video by, for example, repurposing it in different formats (useful on social media), scaling the video quality. You’ll also discover where you can go next with Premiere Pro if you want to keep on learning.

  • Expanded export settings
  • Changing the aspect ratio (horizontal vs vertical)
  • Export settings for Social Media
  • Saving Presets
  • Lighting the Scene
  • Advanced Premiere Pro capabilities

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this course right for me?

This immersive and practical course is ideal for anyone looking to pursue a career in video editing or who wants to take on such projects as part of their professional role. You could be, for example:

  • An aspiring video editor, independent filmmaker, or musician

  • A professional working in a related field such as graphic design or photography

  • Someone in a marketing, communications, or events role who needs to be able to create quality videos in a variety of formats

  • Someone who needs videos to support their work, for example if you work in fields such as education, campaigning/non-profit, or the public sector

  • A content creator such as a YouTuber or influencer

Anyone with an interest in video creation who wants to learn what it takes to edit professional level video will find this course valuable. The ability to spend additional time going over the course lectures and honing your skills will be immensely beneficial to the student.

How will this course help with my career?

This course will allow you to demonstrate a solid understanding of the project planning process as well as specific knowledge and skills in video and audio editing. Video editing is a sought-after skill in many roles, giving you a real edge if you are looking for a new role or a promotion.

You will also develop soft skills such as communication, storytelling, and creativity. The projects you work on during the course will be ideal for a professional portfolio showcasing your abilities.

What is the online learning experience like?

Our online experience is designed to be just as interactive, supportive, and inspiring as the UCD Professional Academy campus experience.

Online courses can be accessed from any computer or laptop with an internet connection.

Live lectures are delivered using Zoom. During these lectures, your teachers will use technology interactively to ensure an engaging learning experience. When appropriate, students will be encouraged to activate their microphones so that they can ask questions and communicate with other students.

What is the student experience like?

Student care is a high priority at UCD Professional Academy, which is why our Student Services team is on hand to support you throughout your time with us. They will respond to any queries you have, help you with any technical issues, and facilitate your learning experience at every point. All students are given access to our Student Portal, where you can see your timetable, access all your study materials, and manage your account.

How is this course assessed?

If you are studying an online course, your assessment will also be submitted online.

This course is assessed through three projects completed as you progress through the course. Assessment 1 (25% of your overall grade) is a travel video using the skills learned during weeks 1-5. Assessment 2 (25%of your overall grade) involves creating a bespoke conceptual logo design and is issued during week 9. Assessment 3 (50%of your overall grade) takes the form of a branded marketing video and is completed once you have mastered the skills in all 12 sessions.

What are the benefits of a Professional Academy Diploma?

UCD Professional Academy Diplomas and Certificates are designed to give your career an advantage. Developed in conjunction with industry thought leaders our courses teach practical, applied skills to support you to achieve your career and business goals. Professional Academy Diplomas are suitable for career minded learners wishing to advance their professional skills and prospects rather than their academic credentials.

The Professional Academy is an independent wholly owned part of UCD designed to address the need for skills development in the workforce. Courses tend to be short, designed and delivered by industry practitioners, and are not part of nor do they lead to a traditional University award such as a degree or a masters. They are widely accepted by employers and many students are sponsored to study by their organisation.

For full details of UCD Professional Academy’s Certification & Governance please visit https://www.ucd.ie/professionalacademy/governance/

How do I get my Professional Academy Diploma?

Your UCD Professional Academy Diploma will be issued electronically on a secure platform, with a link that you can share with employers and others wishing to verify your credentials. You can also add this certification to your LinkedIn profile.

This Professional Academy Diploma is not on the National Framework of Qualifications as a credit-bearing course. This is not unusual for professional courses of this nature, where the need is for fresh and actionable skills immediately applicable in the workplace.

What payment options are available?

A place on any of our part-time & on demand courses can be secured with a 50% deposit with the remaining balance due within 30 days of the course commencing.

For full-time Bootcamp courses, 100% of the course fee should be paid before starting.

Please note that standard terms and conditions apply, which you can review here: https://www.ucd.ie/professionalacademy/terms-and-conditions/

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