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JTC 340 - Video Editing

  • 3 credits

This course covers the theory and technique of editing videos. Video editing is the process of storytelling by combining video, audio, and graphic elements into a coherent whole. The best editing is invisible; when it is done well, it is hardly noticed. Editing is about storytelling. While the class does train you to use Adobe Premiere Pro, you will be able to use the skills learned in this class on any professional editing software. We provide all of the raw footage for your editing assignments, but you have the choice to shoot your own footage towards the end.

By the end of this course, you will learn:

o How to make awesome videos including: promos, mini documentaries, news stories, PR pieces, short films, music videos, and more
o The importance of planning before sitting down at a computer
o The importance of storytelling in editing - Editing is storytelling
o How to tell a compelling visual story using a combination of video, text, soundbites & music.
o Basic principles of picture composition
o The importance of aesthetics
o The importance of ethical editing

Textbooks and Materials
•All students are given access to Linked-In Learning content that is required for the course. This is paid for by your student fees, so do not pay for Linked-In Learning.
• Adobe Premiere Pro Access: This is the editing software for this course and you need to purchase this for your computer or at least have access to a computer with it on. You may just want to get the whole creative suite if you are very interested in video editing - all the software work really nicely together and Photoshop, Audition, and Encoder come in handy. Make sure your computer is powerful enough to handle the software! Read the minimum specs so it doesn't crash your computer and make you sad. The whole suite is actually slightly cheaper than just Premiere for students, however you have to commit for a year.
o Recommended - Entire suite including Premiere: $19.99 per month for students, annual commitment
o Premiere Pro Only - $31.49 per month, no commitment
o Premiere Pro Only - $20.99 per month, annual commitment (Don't do this option! Just get the whole suite if you plan to commit for a year anyway)
• Hard drive: If you are using a personal computer, you technically don’t need this if you have sufficient built in storage, but I still highly recommend it. If you are using a computer on campus, you need it. Even on your personal computer, you will likely slow down your computer with all the files. I recommend a 1TB at least.
• No required textbook


JTC 210 (Newswriting)


Jesse Grace

Jesse Grace is an experienced educator in Media Communication, with 10 years of experience in video production, marketing, and news-related roles. Jesse is an Emmy-nominated video producer, holding a Master's degree in Public Communication and Technology from CSU's Journalism and Media Communication department. She has been teaching at CSU since 2016.  

Jesse has production experience in a multitude of video genres, having produced educational content for the National Park Service, directed and produced PBS documentaries, and created marketing and PR videos for CSU departments. Most recently, her documentary "CO-Existing with Wildfire" aired on Rocky Mountain PBS in 2023 and is available for viewing on the RMPBS website.  

Growing up in South Africa, Jesse infuses her diverse background into her teaching style while emphasizing skills needed to secure jobs and find work worldwide. She is committed to fostering engaging, high-quality online courses, providing students with a comprehensive gateway into the captivating world of visual communication and video editing.  

Outside of CSU, she is an outdoor enthusiast and certified Yoga and meditation teacher. Always up for an adventure, Jesse is passionate about experiencing different cultures while traveling the world. She loves mountain biking, backpacking, scuba diving, cultivating her own vegetables, and occasionally attempting to surf.

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