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Course Code: 
RTC 271
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Course Objectives: 
This course aims to understand and develop the basic principles and techniques of editing. In this context, the course focuses on how non-linear editing (NLE) software is used as a tool for films, televisions, and digital videos.
Course Content: 

This course has practical based content consisting of a theoretical approach that improves industry-specific editing skills, techniques, and concepts. Throughout the course, video production and technical editing information that will create meaningful and aesthetics integrity by using computer software using images, sound, graphics, text, and effects are shown. These practices are supported by theoretical and technical information such as the development of the editing in the history of cinema, basics types of editing, concepts, methods, and principles.

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Interactive Lecture, 14: Laboratory
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Exam

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes Program Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1) Knows technical/technological concepts and terminology related to production and post-production editing in cinema and television. 1, 4, 9 1, 2, 3 A
2) Uses basic production and post-production editing hardware and computer programs specific to the cinema television field. 3, 4 1, 2, 3 A
3) Closely follows the technological developments unique to the field of cinema and television and works in harmony with new technology. 1, 3, 4, 9 1, 2, 3 A
4) Transforms the script into an editing project in accordance with cinematographic and dramatic narration, and edits it in a unique way. 3, 4, 9 1, 2, 3 A

Course Flow

Week Topics Study Materials
1 General Introductions: Course Policies, Requirements, and Schedule  
2 Development of Editing/Montage in the History of Cinema

Exploring an interface of MacOS and Adobe Premiere Creative Cloud, General Settings, and Arranging Interface

3 Shifting from Analogue Editing to Dijital Editing: An Overview of Concepts and Editing Terminology

Introduction to Editing: Opening and Starting a New Project; Cutting Techniques and Methods

4 Basic Types of Editing, Cuts, and Transitions  
5 Basic Types of Editing, Cuts, and Transitions  
6 Manipulating Video: Changing Speed, Reverse; Video Effects  
7 Adding and Animating Title, Text, and Graphics  
8 Mid-term Exam  
9 Sound and Music  
10 Color Theory and Color Correction  
11 Compositing Technique: Keying Green Screen, Adding Background and Masking Technique  
12 Multi-Camera Editing  
13 Quiz  
14 Export Settings; Media Encoder and Compression for Online Broadcasting; Video Convert Techniques  
15 General Review; Advanced Motion Graphics and Visual Effects  
16 Final Exam  

Recommended Sources

Textbook Dancyger, K. (2002). The technique film and video editing: Theory and practice (3rd ed.). Boston: Focal Press
Additional Resources
  • Browne, S. E. (1998). Nonlinear editing basics: Electronic film and video editing. Boston: Focal Press
  • Ohanian, T. A. (1998). Digital nonlinear editing: editing film and video on the desktop (2nd ed.). Boston: Focal Press
  • Thompson, R. (2004). Grammar of the edit (4th ed.). New York: Focal Press
  • Canikligil, İ. (2014). Dijital video sinema. İstanbul: Alfa Yayıncılık.
  • Toprak, M. (2013). Filmin dili kurgu (2. baskı). İstanbul: KalkedonYayınları.
  • Dmytryk, E., Dmytryk, J. P. (2011). Sinemada yönetmenlik oyunculuk kurgu (İ. Şener, Çev.). İstanbul: Doruk Yayınları.
  • Murch, W. (2019). Göz kırparken (Çev. İ. Canikligil). İstanbul: Jules Verne
  • Küçükerdoğan, B. (2014). Sinemada kurgu ve Eisenstein (2. baskı). İstanbul: Hayalperest Yayınevi.
  • Sokolov, G. A. (2007). Sinema ve televizyonda görüntü kurgusu. (2. baskı). (S. Aslanyürek, Çev.). İstanbul: Agora Kitaplığı.


The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing, Wendy Apple (Director), 2004. 1 Hours 39 Minutes.

Material Sharing

Documents Handed out in class


Mid-terms 1 90
Quiz 1 10
Total   100
Contribution of Final Examination to Overall Grade   60
Contribution of In-Term Studies to Overall Grade   40
Total   100

Course’s Contribution to Program

No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Defines basic concepts, theories, methods, and domains of study specific to radio, television and cinema by associating them with the findings and theories of humanities and social sciences.   X      
2 Demonstrates the responsibilities, effective participation, coordination, and planning skills essential for harmonious and efficient teamwork in the production processes relative to the radio, television and cinema fields.     X    
3 Generates media products in accordance with professional standards in various narrative forms and genres specific to the field by synthesizing up-to-date knowledge and skills for expertise acquired through applied and theoretical courses.         X
4 Manifests professional knowledge and such skills as copywriting, image management, editing, sound design, producing and directing, media management in different fields of radio, television and cinema locally and globally.         X
5 Holds responsibility in broadcasting by integrating national and international rules of law that media professionals should pursue with professional ethical principles.          
6 Comprehends the knowledge and skills related to institutional operation and management in the production and broadcasting processes of radio, television and cinema for the common interest. X        
7 Evaluates radio, television and cinema fields analytically and critically from their institutional structuring to products regarding a wide range of cultural, artistic, economic, and social relations.          
8 Has the ability to collect visual, audio and written data, conduct research, evaluate, report and offer creative solutions in the fields of radio, television and cinema.          
9 Develops original projects for radio, television and cinema by following new technologies, developments, and ideas in the fields of art, culture, and media at the national and global planes.       X  


Activities Quantity Duration
Course Duration 14 4 56
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14 4 56
Quiz 1 4 4
Mid-terms 1 4 4
Final examination 1 4 4
Total Work Load     120
Total Work Load / 25 (h)     4,8
ECTS Credit of the Course     5