Many prospective cinema editors are attracted to film schools located in the dual meccas of film-making, Los Angeles and New York City. These locations can benefit students by providing accessible internship experiences with production studios and attracting outstanding faculty and guest lecturers with industry experience in the student's particular area of interest; recognized directors, cinematographers, screenwriters and editors may make appearances.
10 Schools with Film Production Programs
Film production programs are offered at these institutions.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition* (2015-2016)|
|University of Central Florida||Orlando, FL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$6,368 In-state Undergraduate; $6,916 In-state Graduate|
|Florida State University||Tallahassee, FL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$6,507 In-state Undergraduate; $9,684 In-state Graduate|
|Temple University||Philadelphia, PA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$15,188 In-state Undergraduate; $15,354 In-state Graduate|
|New York University||New York, NY||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$47,750 Undergraduate; $38,592 Graduate|
|Ohio University||Columbus, OH||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$10,037 In-state Undergraduate; $27,365 Out-of-state Undergraduate|
|George Mason University||Fairfax, VA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$10,952 In-state Undergraduate; $31,598 Out-of-state Undergraduate|
|University of Iowa||Iowa City, IA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$8,104 In-state Undergraduate; $8,396 In-state Graduate|
|University of Southern California||Los Angeles, CA||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$50,277 Undergraduate; $39,984 Graduate|
|Drexel University||Philadelphia, PA||4-year, Private||Bachelor's||$48,791 Undergraduate; $31,239 Graduate|
|Syracuse University||Syracuse, NY||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's||$43,318 In-state Undergraduate; $33,312 In-state Graduate|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
School Selection Criteria
- While Los Angeles and New York City by far claim the most prestige, other renowned film schools exist around the country, whose locations may better fit a student's needs or interests.
- Some schools have top-of-the-line production and post-production spaces to replicate a Hollywood studio.
- Look for a program that allows students to create multiple projects across all roles of production.
- Curriculum should build a student's portfolio and begin to allow specialization toward the end of a program.
Film School Program Overviews
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Film-Making
Undergraduate programs for prospective cinema editors typically begin with taking courses and completing film projects that require them to play many roles in the film-making process. As students advance, they can specialize in a certain area.
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Film-Making
MFA film students develop expertise through intensive work on multiple increasingly complex projects, whether their chosen genre is narrative or documentary film-making. Some film schools offer specialization tracks for those who want to hone their craft. Quality graduate programs attract recognized film-makers as guest lecturers and seminar leaders, which can increase the amount of professional feedback students receive. Programs may last two or three years. The final year of the program involves an extensive thesis production in collaboration with other film students.
Film production studies can be pursued at graduate and undergraduate levels at a number of colleges and universities throughout the country. Students may opt to pursue studies in locations with notable film industry presence, such as New York or Los Angeles, or may consider cost and course options when choosing a program.