Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Video and Audio Editing

Video and Audio Editing
First semester
Audiovisual Creation
Edición de video y audio
Main language of instruction: Catalan

Teaching staff

For coaching sessions, you must request an appointment via email.


Video and Audio Editing is a 4 ECTS-credit subject that is taught during the first semester of year two of the Bachelor’s Degree in Audiovisual Communication.

Its justification lies in the fact that editing is a fundamental process for the realisation of any audiovisual product. Selecting and ordering previously recorded material is the process through which the final structure of an audiovisual story is generated, lending it a rhythm and narrative meaning that depend on the editing process.

Pre-course requirements

There are no prerequisites for taking this course.


The objective of this subject is to provide students with a basic knowledge of the fundamental aspects of editing within the postproduction phase. This knowledge will also be linked to the preproduction and filming phases. In this sense, the content of this subject will be both theoretical and practical. In turn, the theoretical part of the subject will have a practical application both in the coursework and in the end result of the activities that will be performed with the editing software.


  • 01 - The ability to adapt to varying circumstances
  • 02 - The ability to understand, accept criticism and correct errors
  • 03 - The ability to administer and manage human and technical resources
  • 04 - The ability to work in a team and autonomously
  • 05 - The ability to organise time and workspace
  • 06 - The ability to develop academic rigour, responsibility, ethics and professionalism
  • 07 - The ability to apply the deontology and respect for the audiovisual sector
  • 08 - The ability of critical analysis, synthesis, concretion and abstraction
  • 09 - The ability to objectify, quantify and interpret (data, statistics, empirical evidence…)
  • 10 - The ability to confront difficulties and resolve problems
  • 11 - The ability to generate debate and reflection
  • 12 - The ability to meet deadlines, develop the ability to be punctual and respect for human, technical and material resources
  • 13 - The ability to create spoken and written communication
  • 21 - Knowledge and mastery of the digital culture
  • 24 - The ability to plan and organize both short term and long term projects
  • 25 - The ability to maximize creative development
  • 26 - The ability to develop a sense of taste and perfection in the aesthetics and finalization of projects
  • 32 - The ability to confront audiovisual and film projects in all phases (pre-production, shooting, post-production, distribution)
  • 33 - The ability to create and direct.
  • 34 - The ability to know and respect the different roles of the artistic and technical teams
  • 35 - The ability to contextualize and critically analyze the products of the audiovisual industry
  • 40 - The ability to defend and respect authorship and intellectual property
  • 41 - The ability to know how the distinct elemental agencies of the audio visual sector function
  • 42 - The ability to distinguish, analyze and dominate the distinct genres and formats of television, film and radio
  • 44 - The ability to adapt to new audiovisual formats
  • 45 - The ability to know and dominate the techniques of audiovisual narrative.
  • 46 - The ability to dominate resources used for image (Photographs, lighting...) and sound.
  • 47 - The ability to understand and run digital retouching tools, special effects, postproduction and graphics design
  • 48 - Knowledge and mastery of the techniques of filming, directing, producing and editing
  • 50 - The ability to adapt, understand and apply the expressive possibilities of new technologies and future changes
  • 53 - Lingustic ability in Catalan, Spanish and English
  • 54 - The ability to skillfully manage the literature, terminology and linguistic structures of the English language related to the field of communication.

Learning outcomes

Students will acquire theoretical knowledge through lectures, seminars and audiovisual viewings. This theory section will have a practical application and enable students to develop various audiovisual products, providing a theoretical justification for the choices in technique.

After completing the course, students will be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  • Ability to work fluently with the video editing software.

  • Command of audiovisual language.

  • Use of visual and sound resources.

  • Taste and style in the design of audiovisual products.

  • Greater personal creativity.


Topic 1: Editing: Definitions

Topic 2: Historical evolution of techniques and theories

Topic 3: Spaces, functions and possibilities in editing

Topic 4: Editing practice 1: Premiere

Topic 5: Language resources

Topic 6: Match cut and narrative continuity

Topic 7: Synchronisation

Topic 8: The film editor

Topic 9: Basic effects

Topic 10: Editing practice 2: Premiere

Teaching and learning activities

In person

The methodology will combine theory and practice with the analysis and viewing of audiovisual material. During the course, there will be several practical exercises (individual and in group). Students must also follow the readings recommended in class and attend the tutorials with the lecturer.

Coaching. Monitoring how students learn the content of the subject, either individually or in groups. In the coaching sessions, mistakes will be corrected, queries answered, and exercises and activities to achieve the established objectives will be suggested. 0,8
Focused Praxis. Handing in occasional exercises to learn theory through practice. 1,0
E-learning. Virtual learning based on ICT. 1,0
Practical workshop. A highly practical working activity, where students can acquire skills that are practical or also theoretical (intellectual skills, logical skills, critical skills, intellectual learning skills, study skills, quoting skills, etc). 0,4
Peer learning. The aim of this activity is to ensure that students gain the ability to analyse and be critical. One way of achieving this is by correcting their peers' exercises and results, etc. Each student will be evaluated twice: as both a recipient and a transmitter of critical knowledge. 0,4
Mentoring programme. Ensuring a review of and in-depth look at competences and knowledge, as well as the development of habits involving social commitment and responsibility, with the strongest students providing guidance for students from lower years, particularly if they have any type of disability (physical, etc). 0,4

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person

The subject will be assessed on an ongoing basis, and students must pass all three parts to pass the subject.

Students must bring headphones and an external hard drive or USB memory stick with sufficient capacity to class.

Part 1: Partial theoretical exam (30% of the subject’s final mark)

This multiple-choice test will be out of 10, and students must score at least a 5 in order for it to factor into the average of the other parts.

Part 2: Practical sessions and in-class participation (40% of the subject’s final mark)

A number of exercises will be performed during the course and various readings or viewings will be proposed both in and outside the classroom. The submission and quality of the exercises and in-class participation while completing the exercises will be assessed.

Part 3: Final report (30% of the subject’s final mark)

This paper will bring all the content of the course together. It will be done in groups (ideally 3 people).


In the second sitting, the pass marks from any of the three parts will be maintained. All parts must be passed.


In third and subsequent sittings, it will be necessary to repeat the subject.

Bibliography and resources

ATIENZA, Pau. Historia y evolución del montaje audiovisual. De la moviola a youtube. Ed. UOC, Barcelona, 2013.

CARRASCO, Jorge. Cine y televisión digital. Manual Técnico. Ed. Comunicación Activa UB, Barcelona, 2010.

MARIMON, Joan. El montaje cinematográfico. Universitat de Barcelona, 2014.

MCGRATH, Declan. Cine: Montaje y Postproducción. Ed. Oceano, 2002.

MORALES MORANTE, Fernando. Montaje audiovisual: teoría técnica y manuales de control. Ed. UOC, Barcelona, 2013.

MURCH, Walter. En el momento del parpadeo: Un punto de vista sobre el montaje cinematográfico. OCHO Y MEDIO, LIBROS DE CINE, 2003.

PELÁEZ BARCELÓ, Antonio. Montaje y postproducción audiovisual: curso práctico. Ed. Altaria, 2015.

VIDAL MESTRE, Alfonso; FREIRE SÁNCHEZ, Montserrat. Manual de montaje y composición audiovisual. Ed. Altaria, 2015.

VV.AA. Postproducción digital: una perspectiva contemporánea. Ed. S.L. – Dykinson, 2015.