Best Film Editing Schools: List of Top Schools

Jul 28, 2018

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.

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Students who want to study film editing can usually get training through broader programs in film production. Both undergraduate and graduate degrees are available. Usually, students earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Master of Fine Arts degree. Film editing professionals assemble individual sequences and film shots to create an extended piece of work such as a movie or television show. Notable training programs are available at schools that received high national or regional ranks from U.S. News & World Report in 2017.

Florida State University

The film school at Florida State University 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 2017 list of top colleges that pay you back. The U.S. News & World Report ranked the school 92nd on its list of best universities nationwide for 2017. A Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master 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.

Webster University in Saint Louis

Webster University was ranked #24 on the list of Midwest regional universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2017. The faculty features numerous award-winners in multiple fields of film production who have experience working for television networks such as PBS and the Discovery Channel.

The Bachelor of Arts in Film Production gives students an overview of many aspects of film production and film editing. The completion of several film projects is required. 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.

Boston University in Massachusetts

Boston University was ranked #39 on the 2017 list of top national universities from U.S. News & World Report. At the undergraduate level, students can earn a BA in Cinema and Media Studies or a BS in Film and Television. The latter subject is also available as a minor. Both of these programs provide production-related coursework alongside broader liberal arts studies. At the graduate level, students may enroll in a Master of Science in Television, an MFA in Cinema and Media Production, and an MFA in Film and Television. Internship programs in Los Angeles are available to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Top Film Editing Schools

Other schools that offer exceptional film programs with editing training include the following:

School Name Location Distinction
DePaul University Chicago, IL The School of Cinema and Interactive Media (CIM) features Project Bluelight, a professional production company that incorporates student experiences into the creation of independent films.
George Mason University Fairfax, VA Offers an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in film and video studies that can encompass subjects such as art history, classical languages, theater, communications, art, and visual technology
New York University New York, NY 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
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL Features the Jonathan Mednick Film Production Lab for use by students in the bachelor's film program
University of Iowa Iowa City, IA The Cinematic Arts department offers an MFA in film and video production as well as an MA/PhD in film studies
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA Houses the Michael Kahn Endowed Chair in Editing, established by Steven Spielberg in 2013

Even though programs are not usually offered specifically in film editing, there are many bachelor's and master's degree options that include relevant training for aspiring editors.

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