Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Post Production

Post Production
First semester
TV and Radio
Main language of instruction: Catalan

Other languages of instruction: Spanish,

Teaching staff

Students will be attended via email and also requesting a date by writing to apetrus@uic.es




 Post-production is one of the most important steps in the creation process of any audiovisual project because it is the last link before reaching the viewer and when final decisions are made giving the final shape to the audiovisual piece. Among the script, or the initial approach, and the final piece there is often a distance that depends on the registration of the images but, above all, on the assembly or the way how these images are related.

This subject of Postproduction and Editing is a broad overview of the various forms how this final step can be approached, both from the point of view of visual language, and its conceptual implications, and the technical process that is needed before the audiovisual piece can reach the viewer. 

Pre-course requirements

Students must have a basic knowledge of the editing software Adobe Premiere Pro. Also, students must have a good command of the minium visual syntax or audiovisual language (shots, elipsis, raccord, sound-image relationship, etc).


The aim of the course is that students learn how to approach the post-production process of any audiovisual project from both a technical standpoint and a conceptual point of view. At the end of the course students should be able to cope with any audiovisual footage giving it shape, meaning and purpose, and  also following up the final process with appropriate professional standards. Students may be able to assit a professional shooting following the postproduction team requirements and to prepare all the materials needed to begin a postproduction process in a professional postproduction laboratory.


  • 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
  • 10 - The ability to confront difficulties and resolve problems
  • 12 - The ability to meet deadlines, develop the ability to be punctual and respect for human, technical and material resources
  • 16 - The ability to manage, analysis and reflect on content
  • 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)
  • 34 - The ability to know and respect the different roles of the artistic and technical teams
  • 40 - The ability to defend and respect authorship and intellectual property
  • 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
  • 51 - Knowledge and mastery of the functioning of Corporate and Institutional Communication.
  • 52 - The ability to apply audiovisual knowledge and techniques for commercial purposes in any form
  • 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

Acquire a critical point of view in front of images

Ability to discern the various meanings of images

Ability to give form, meaning and purpose to a set of images

Knowledge of the different types of television editing

Knowledge of the various structures of television editing

Knowledge of the various stages of  the television postproduction process

Knowledge of the routines on the offline editing

Knowledge of the process needed for television graphics

Knowledge of recording and output formats in television



Editing technical aspects 

  1. Post-production technical assistance on set
  2. Pos-tproduction workflow
  3. Guidelines, protocol and organization of editing work (proxies, labeling, metadata, bins, etc.)
  4. Type of VFX and its impact on the assembly process. VFX models
  5. Vertical editing and relationship with post-production departments(Graphics, 3D, Color, Sound, etc.)
  6. Conforming and post-production process
  7. Mastering and output formats. Special incidence on new platform requirements (Neflix, HBO, Movistar +)

Editing theory

1. Editing base: Form, Sense, Intention.


2.Editing motivations:

2.1.By action


2.3.Directional (Glance)

2.4.Formal analogy


2.6.Rythm of music



3.Types of editing:




4.Types of film editing:

4.1. Classical

4.2. Modern


4.4. Contemporary

4.5. Critical


5. Types of televions editing:

5.1. News editing

5.2. New formats and mixture of editing styles


6.Editing sintaxis:

6.1.The length of the shot, internal movement and cut.

6.2.Movement generation

6.3. Continuity/ discontinuity spatial and temporal:

       Space construction. Breaks

       Time construction. Ellipsisi. Flashback/Flashforward. Breaks

6.4. Conceptual transmission

6.5. Creating emotions:

     Point of view construction

     Sound and music


Teaching and learning activities

In person

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. 0,6
Focused Praxis. Handing in occasional exercises to learn theory through practice. 0.6
E-learning. Virtual learning based on ICT. 0.6
Lab. Working groups that combine theory and practice. The aim of these is not to undertake already known techniques, but instead to make progress that is both theoretical and technical. These Lab sessions will culminate in the creation of a professional or semi-professional product. 1.0
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). 0.8

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person

Post production subject will evaluate the following competencies:

The ability to work in a team and autonomously

The ability of critical analysis, synthesis, concretion and abstraction

The ability to plan and organize both short term and long term projects

The ability to maximize creative development

The ability to develop a sense of taste and perfection in the aesthetics and finalization of projects

The ability to confront audiovisual and film projects in all phases (pre-production, shooting, post-production, distribution).


Each practice, exercise or activity will be evaluated as follows:


·PRACTICE 1 (Focused Praxis) - 20% of the final mark

Editing an audiovisual footage delivered by the teacher to show knowledge of editing styles.


·EXERCISE 1 (Focused Praxis) - 20% of the final mark

 Editing analysis of an audiovisula piece delivered by the teacher.


·EXERCISE 2 (Focused Praxis) - 20% of the final mark

 Defend of an audiovisual project and the editing style choosen.


·PRACTICE 2 (Lab) - 40% of the final mark

Students will have to shot, make the VFX assistance on set, edit and prepare all the required materials for a professional post-production process in a laboratoy of an audiovisual piece of between 3 and 5 minutes lenght that they would have previously written on the paper



To pass the subject it is compulsatory to pass all the parts. If the studens fails one part, the marks of the other parts are kept. The exercise to be done at the second or other calls, will be the same or similar as the failed part.

In the written work (editing analysis) the regulations of the faculty in relation to spelling mistakes and plagiarism will be strictly applied.

Given the eminently practical nature of the subject, class attendance is 80% a requirement in order to pass it.


Bibliography and resources

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

BAGGALEY, Jon P. Analisis del montaje televisivo. Ed. Gustavo Gili, Barcelona,

CARRASCO, Jorge. Cine y Televisión Digital. Manual Técnico. Ed. Comunicación Activa UB, Barcelona, 2010.

CRITTENDEN, Roger, Film and video editing. Ed. Routledge, London, 1995.

GIMENO, Gemma; PERALTA, Miquel. El llenguatge de les notícies de televisió. Editorial UOC, Barcelona, 2007.

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

MC GRATH, Declan. Montaje & Postproducción. Océano, Barcelona, 2001.

MURCH, Walter. En el momento del parpadeo: un punto de vista sobre el montaje cinematográfico. Ed. Ocho y Medio, Madrid, 2003.

SOLER, Llorenç. La realización de documentales y reportajes para televisión. Editorial CIMS, Barcelona, 1998.

VILLAIN, Dominique. El montaje. Cátedra, Madrid, 1994.

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