Dordt College News

Dordt students certified in digital editing

July 7, 2009

All 14 students in an Advanced Video Editing class taught at Dordt College this spring have passed the Avid Certified User (ACU) test offered by the makers of this professional film/video editing platform. The students have been entered on an international database as ACU certified.

Professor Mark Volkers taught the class at Dordt College, which is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for training students to become film makers and communicators in today's world.

The Avid Certified User (ACU) program establishes a professional standard for Avid Media Composer proficiency in the post-production industry. Certification is achieved by mastering a comprehensive set of skills and passing a rigorous exam. The certification covers editing, basic effects, input and output, creating titles in Avid Marquee, and color correcting shots and sequences.

“Certification in this business is important,” said Volkers regarding his class’s 100 percent pass rate. “The test allows users to show their proficiency with the Avid platform and looks great on a resume.”

Dordt’s Advanced Video Editing course is an in-depth study of the film/video editing techniques of great editors through history. Students study the impact that editing decisions have on a final product and bring their own editing abilities to a new level through advanced training on the Avid platform.

Certified ACU students from Dordt include Nathan Gorter, Piper Kroeze, Danielle Roos, and Dale Vande Griend, Sioux Center; Luke Kreykes, Sheldon, IA; Daniel Kauten, Denver, IA; Jon Nederhoff, Wellsburg, IA; Nate Woudstra, Littleton, CO; Jeffrey Niesen, Waynesville, IL; Jess Brauning, Santo Domingo, DR; Andrew Hornor, Houston, TX; Peter Hessels, Dunnville, ON; Tassneem Ibrahim, Jos, Plateau, Nigeria; and Hani Yang, Merida Yucatan, Mexico.

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