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Storytelling with video editing

The course introduces you to the basics of video editing. You'll receive a temporary licence to install a copy of Adobe Premiere Pro and will be guided through the process of creating a short video project using materials the course provides. By watching instructional videos, you'll learn how to add titles, rearrange clips, apply cuts, transitions, and a soundtrack. You also gain an understanding of the impact of these techniques on a video’s ability to tell a story and learn something of the history of editing.  

Standalone study only

This module is available for standalone study only. Any credits from this module cannot be counted towards an OU qualification.


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Across the UK, there are two parallel frameworks for higher education qualifications, the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Northern Ireland and Wales (FHEQ) and the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). These define a hierarchy of levels and describe the achievement expected at each level. The information provided shows how OU module levels correspond to these frameworks.
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What you will study

This short course focuses on practical skills acquisition, specifically skills in video editing. Using Adobe Premiere Pro, and a set of video templates, you'll progress through a range of situations that require editing while considering the impact of these editing choices on storytelling.
The learning is divided into six weeks of content focused on the following areas:

Week 1: What is video editing?
You'll learn about the practice of video editing and what this means as a profession, the role of specialist editing software and where video editing sits within a larger process of production. The first week acclimatises you to new terminology and the basic tools within Premiere Pro.

Week 2: Cuts and transitions
This week focuses on cuts and transitions, providing helpful tips and techniques for implementing edits in the correct place. You'll see how professional video editors apply cuts and transitions within a practical context, known as ‘using B-roll’, to demonstrate a common and widely used convention within the video editing industry that brings spoken dialogue and stories alive through additional imagery.

Week 3: Video editing styles
In week 3 you'll explore the flow and ordering of video material, all of which is facilitated through cuts. You'll learn about an ordering process, known as ‘sequencing’ and how you can use this technique to create a new story. You'll also learn about conventional editing styles and rules belonging to the world of continuity editing that video editors use as the foundation to create powerful narratives.

Week 4: Audio in video editing
This week is all about how sound can bring video editing intentions and storytelling to life. Sound harnesses immense power to make onscreen action believable and enticing. Sound alone is a mode of communication that can convey meaning and deepen engagement with a subject or scenario, so by combining audio with visual content, a whole new world of imagination and possibilities become available through the act of audiovisual synchronisation.

Week 5: Text and titles in video editing:
Week 5 will show you how to insert text into your video creations and will guide you through the various text uses common to video editing. You'll learn about specific functions, from introducing visual content before we get to see it, to labelling purposes or providing extra narrative detail. Text can also help signpost the viewing experience, act as section dividers or can tell us when a video has finished.

Week 6: Finalising and sharing your video
The final week will touch upon the area of visual enhancement via a few basic creative ideas that you can apply to video content, and which have dramatic results. You'll learn about finalising and exporting your video content, showing you how to share your work with others on video sharing platforms.

You will learn

After completing this course, you will have gained:

Knowledge and understanding of:
  • the development of digital video editing and how to use contemporary video editing software to tell a range of stories
  • the relationship between video editing and storytelling
  • different editing styles and how these relate to different video purposes/functions.
Cognitive skills with the ability to:
  • make use of different video editing tools and techniques to create various outputs and tell a variety of stories
  • understand and apply the process and rules of continuity editing to develop ‘flow’ and logical progression across a series of video clips
  • choose between continuity editing, discontinuous editing and fragmented editing techniques in order to create different moods and engage your audience in creative ways.
Key skills with the ability to:
  • apply a range of corrective and creative editing techniques, including cuts, reordering and transitions, to develop different video editing styles
  • make adjustments and edits to audio content and understand how to pair different types of audio with visuals
  • make use of different forms of text and understand how these can be utilised to enhance or develop storytelling.
Practical and professional skills with an ability to:
  • edit video, audio and text together to create a cohesive finished product
  • apply different techniques and finishing touches to enhance your videos
  • export, share, disseminate and promote your videos.

Vocational relevance

The course introduces techniques of video editing that are used in a variety of vocational settings, from social media campaigns to more advanced commercial applications.

Learner support

There is no tuition on this course and all study is self-directed. However, a Study Advisor is present to facilitate discussion within the online forums.

If you have a disability

The course is delivered online and makes use of a variety of online resources. If you use specialist hardware or software to assist you in using a computer or the internet you are advised to contact us about support which can be given to meet your needs.

Teaching and assessment


There's no formal assessment, although there will be three ‘review and reflect’ points built into the course which you'll use to reflect on your understanding.


As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the academic regulations, which are available on our Student Policies and Regulations website.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the course, please contact us.

Course length

You’ll study for around 8 hours per week for 6 weeks. In total this course will require around 50 hours to complete.


Start End England fee Register
05 Oct 2024 Nov 2024 £140.00

Registration closes 05/09/24 (places subject to availability)

01 Feb 2025 Mar 2025 £140.00

Registration opens on 18/07/24

This module is expected to start for the last time in October 2027.

Ways to pay

Credit/Debit Card – We accept American Express, Mastercard, Visa and Visa Electron.

Sponsorship – If this course is geared towards your job or developing your career, you could ask your employer to sponsor you by paying some or all of the fees. Your sponsor just needs to complete a simple form to confirm how much they will be paying and we will invoice them.

The fee information provided here is valid for short courses starting in the 2024/25 academic year. Fees typically increase annually. For further information about the University's fee policy, visit our Fee Rules.

Can you study an Access module for free?

Depending on eligibility and availability of places, you could apply to study your Access module for free.

To qualify, you must:

  1. be resident in England
  2. have a household income of not more than £25,000 (or be in receipt of a qualifying benefit)
  3. have not completed one year or more on any full-time undergraduate programme at FHEQ level 4 or above or successfully completed 30 credits or more of OU study within the last 10 years

How to apply to study an Access module for free

Once you've started the registration process, either online or over the phone, we'll contact you about your payment options. This will include instructions on how you can apply to study for free if you are eligible and funded places are still available.

If you're unsure if you meet the criteria to study for free, you can check with one of our friendly advisers on +44 (0)300 303 0069, or you can request a call back.

Not eligible to study for free?

Don't worry! We offer a choice of flexible ways to help spread the cost of your Access module. The most popular options include:

  • monthly payments through OUSBA
  • part-time tuition fee loan (you'll need to be registered on a qualification for this option)

To explore all the options available to you, visit Fees and Funding.

What's included

All learning materials, exercises, and study support are delivered entirely online. You’ll be provided with a temporary licence for Adobe Premiere Pro editing software that will last for at least the duration of the course. You’ll also have access to a course website, which includes:

  • a week-by-week study planner
  • course-specific materials and activities
  • audio and video content
  • discussion forums.

Computing requirements

You’ll need broadband internet access and a desktop or laptop computer with an up-to-date version of Windows (10 or 11), or macOS Ventura or higher.

Our module websites comply with web standards and any modern browser is suitable for most activities.

It’s also possible to access some module materials on a mobile phone, tablet device or Chromebook. However, as you may be asked to install additional software or use certain applications, you’ll also require a desktop or laptop as described above.

You will need to download a copy of Adobe Premiere Pro prior to starting the course. You will be provided with a temporary licence for this. The computing system requirements for running Adobe Premiere Pro can be found on the Adobe website. In addition to this, you will need an extra 1.3GB of free storage space on your computer to store the relevant media files, which you will download each week.