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Online Courses in Film Editing: Course Descriptions

Film editing courses are usually offered through undergraduate and graduate film, digital media, and television departments. Some courses can also be found as standalone, non-credit courses through continuing education departments at colleges and universities. View article »

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Online Film Editing Courses

The following is an overview of some of the film editing courses that are commonly offered online.

In a Theory of Editing course, Students examine the process of piecing together film and video footage to form a structural narrative sequence. This course surveys several editing styles to consider choices film editors make and how these choices shape a film's final result. Online students may need to access and view assigned films independently.

Basic Film Editing is an introductory course that allows students to explore the importance of narrative structure and how it's achieved through editing. Lessons include continuity, rhythm, pace, the role of editing in the final product, the aesthetics of editing style, and the craft of hands-on editing work using typical film editing software.

During a Non-Linear Film Editing course, students use film editing software to develop hands-on skills in importing media and outputting projects. Basic and advanced editing concepts are typically explored, like screen direction, continuity, sound design, picture management, titling, color correction, and introductory special effects.

The Art and Technique of Film course lets students investigate film as both art and industry, watching required films independently to prepare for course discussion and assignments. Through a review of classic and contemporary films, these courses explore current film theories and aesthetic choices. Course content includes a critical discussion of the art and business of storytelling, editing, sound and visual design, performance, directing, and screenwriting.

In the Editing for Acting course students will use dailies from the acting course to gain experience editing for performance. Students will discuss editing options, and then edit scenes as assignments for the course. The course will include discussion of how editing can enhance and highlight acting performance.

The 3D Animation course lets students learn about the techniques for creating and editing 3D animated films. Topics of study include basic morphing, animated modifiers, and animated cameras.

Through a course in screenwriting, students gain experience with writing and editing scripts for films and other on-screen media. They may also comment on and assist with the editing of other students' scripts.

Program Information

Online film editing courses are most often offered through bachelor's and master's degree programs in film and cinematography. Associate's degree programs in digital media and television also offer editing courses. Students in these programs also study other aspects of film and television production, such as special effects design, performance, production design, and cinematography.

Those who want to study film editing can also occasionally find non-credit continuing education university courses. Non-credit online courses in film editing may be self-directed. Students need access to a computer and the Internet, with a browser capacity that supports media-rich course materials and assignments. Students may also need a webcam for video conferencing with faculty and participation in classroom discussion. Most online editing courses require students to have film-editing software. Students should check to see which software is used in the course.

Individuals who want to learn about film editing will find many online training courses, often within broader undergraduate or graduate degree programs in film and media.

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