Best Video Editing Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

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Aspiring video editors can learn the craft through undergraduate and graduate level training programs. Video editing is usually part of a broader course of study in film production or digital arts. Notable schools for video editing include the three universities profiled here. These schools were all nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2017. Their programs cover topics related to editing and combining special effects, sound recordings, equipment, software, and much more.

New York University, New York City

School Highlight: U.S. News & World Report ranked New York University (NYU) #36 on the 2017 list of best schools in the U.S.

NYU's programs encompass much more than just video editing, though students can enroll in non-credit courses or filmmaking certificate programs that provide a little more targeted study through the Tisch School of the Arts. Degree programs include a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in Film and Television and both include digital filmmaking projects. Undergrads can also minor in film or enroll in a dual Bachelor of Science in Business/BFA in Film and Television.

University of Southern California

School Highlight: In 2017, the University of Southern California was listed as U.S. News and World Report's #23 best college nationwide.

The University of Southern California in Los Angeles offers cinematic arts, film, and television production majors for bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees. Students are expected to complete courses in cinematic communication, cinematic sound, digital moviemaking, cinematography, and film production. Many of the classes have both introductory and intermediate levels. By working through laboratory assignments, students create a series of videos and learn how to properly create and edit a finished video product.

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Boston University in Boston, MA

School Highlight: The BA in Cinema and Media Studies is the first Boston University degree that taps into two colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Communications.

Students enrolled in either college at BU can earn the interdisciplinary bachelor's, studying topics in the history, theory, and cultural aspects of film. Additionally, they may take courses in film production that include video editing training. Students also have the opportunity to get hands-on experience through local internship and honors research opportunities. Another option for students is a BS in Film and Television, which offers many editing electives. Students in this program get real-world training through internships in Los Angeles, London, or Sydney. For 2017, Boston University was ranked #39 among national universities by U.S. News & World Report.

Top U.S. Video Editing Colleges

Video editing training is also available at these other well-respected schools.

School Name Distinction Location
DePaul University A Master of Science in Film Production can be further specialized via the seven electives that are taken in the second year Chicago, IL
Florida State University A digital media production degree at FSU covers a variety of editing software programs, and the school has facilities for computerized on- and off-line editing and non-linear editing Tallahassee, FL
George Mason University A bachelor's degree and a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree are both possible with a concentration in film and video studies Fairfax, VA
Northeastern University The Media Training Studios allow students to participate in hands on training Boston, MA
Ohio State University On-campus organizations include an Interdisciplinary Graduate Film Studies Group Columbus, OH
University of Iowa The Master of Fine Arts in Film and Video Production is a three-year program that culminates in a creative thesis project Iowa City, IA
Wayne State University Media arts and studies students have access to a media lab with editing and production facilities Detroit, MI

Even though it is not usually possible to earn a degree specifically in video editing, there are broader undergraduate and graduate programs at top universities that provide excellent training opportunities for aspiring editors.

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