Best Film Editing Schools: List of Top Schools

Find out about film editing degree options at top schools in the U.S. Research the school rankings and locations as well as the programs offered for this field.

School Overviews

Film editing professionals assemble individual sequences and film shots to create an extended piece of work such as a movie or television show. Film editing skills are often learned in a comprehensive program teaching additional aspects of film production. Film schools aren't specifically ranked, so the schools discussed below are representative of film programs currently available at good schools.

1. Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida

School Highlight: The film school at FSU features the Torchlight Program, a non-degree granting program designed to instruct students on issues pertaining to the business of the film industry.

The Princeton Review ranked Florida State University on the list of top colleges that pay you back. The school was also 95th U.S. News & World Report's list of best universities nationwide for 2015. A Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master's of Fine Arts are available in film production.

The program's core classes include film sound, production management, film aesthetics, technical support and a variety of film editing coursework. At the graduate level, students complete a comprehensive examination, finish a workshop in a film editing specialization and produce a final film project. Industry professionals are often available at the completion of this program to help new students to start their film editing careers.

2. Webster University in Saint Louis, Missouri

School Highlight: The faculty at Webster University's Film School features numerous award-winners in multiple fields of film production, who have experience working for television networks such as PBS and the Discovery Channel.

Webster University was ranked #26 on the list of Midwest regional universities by U.S. News and World Report in 2015. The Bachelor of Arts in Film Production degree program gives students an overview of many aspects of film production and film editing. The completion of several film projects is required to complete much of the coursework. As students learn and complete film projects, they can choose to focus their studies on film editing or other aspects of the filmmaking process. Classes available to students include film production, filmmaking, advanced cinematography, video production and film editing.

Top Film Editing Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Boston University A Bachelor of Science (BA) and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) are offered for film and television and film production, respectively Boston, MA
DePaul University The School of Cinema and Interactive Media (CIM) at DePaul features Project Bluelight, a professional production company that incorporates student experiences into the creation of independent films Chicago, IL
George Mason University This school's interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in film and video studies can encompass subjects such as art history, classical languages, theater, communications, art and visual technology Fairfax, VA
New York University Just 36 students are admitted to the graduate film program at NYU each year; students create at least five films during the 3-year program New York, NY
University of Central Florida UCF features the Jonathan Mednick Film Production Lab for use by students in the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Orlando, FL
University of Iowa The Cinematic Arts department within this university's College of Arts and Sciences offers an MFA in film and video production as well as an MA/Ph.D. in film studies Iowa City, IA
University of Southern California In 2013 Steven Spielberg established the Michael Kahn Endowed Chair in Editing within USC's School of Cinematic Arts Los Angeles, CA

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