Sacramento Digital Video Editing Schools
Individuals interested in digital video editing in Sacramento may choose from 2-year and 4-year programs offered at universities and community colleges. Although diploma programs strictly in this field aren't available in the area, there are related degree and certificate options available. This article shines a light on the areas of focus and coursework available at three institutions. The provided table of statistics allows for easy comparison of the featured colleges, and there are also some details on a couple of other area school options.
- Located about 3 miles from the downtown area, California State University - Sacramento (CSUS) offers a bachelor's degree program in digital film and video production. CSUS, a 4-year institution, is one of the largest schools in the city and is part of the California university system.
- Another large school is Sacramento City College, a 2-year college offering an associate's degree in film as well as a certificate in film production. The campus is about five miles from central Sacramento.
- Aspiring digital video editors may also consider Solano Community College, which is situated around 35 miles from downtown Sacramento. Students there can earn an associate's degree in film and television.
Comparison of Schools
Among the profiled colleges, students can find both urban and suburban campus settings, varying student enrollment numbers and quite different tuition rates. Get specifics on these and many other factors that could impact your education decision in this table.
|California State University - Sacramento||Sacramento City College||Solano Community College|
|School Type||4 year; public||2-year; public||2-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (Fall 2017)||31,255*||21,323*||9,625*|
|Campus Setting||Large city*||Large city*||Midsize suburb*|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$7,204 in-state; $19,084 out-of-state*||$1,104 in state; $8,208 out-of-state*||$1,140 in-state; $6,324 out-of-state*|
|% of Students Receiving Financial Aid (2016-2017)||84%*||76%*||65%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||68%*||Open admissions*||Open admissions*|
|Retention Rate (Fall 2016 returning Fall 2017)||83% for full-time students*||65% for full-time students*||N/A|
|Graduation Rate||48% (for those who began their studies in 2011)*||24% (for those who began their studies in 2014)*||28% (for those who began their studies in 2011)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
California State University - Sacramento
CSUS offers a bachelor's degree in digital video editing through its Film Program. This program provides an interdisciplinary training that covers the various aspects of film production.
Bachelor of Arts in Digital Film Video Production
CSUS offers a bachelor's degree in digital film video production that requires completion of various core courses. These courses include film theory and criticism, introduction to film studies, Hollywood and America, digital film/video production and Avant-Garde Cinema. Major courses cover topics such as the theory of film/video editing, video documentary and non-narrative film/video writing, lighting and staging, production management and audio production. Students must also complete a capstone project in video production.
Sacramento City College
Sacramento City College offers aspiring digital video editors a 2-year program in film. Credits from this program may be transferable to a 4-year university. The college also offers a certificate in film production.
Certificate of Achievement in Film Production
Sacramento City College's Certificate of Achievement in Film Production provides students with the foundation needed to work in film production, including film editing. This 18-unit certificate offers subjects such as the history of film, motion graphics for films, screenwriting and audio for video.
Associate in Arts in Film
Sacramento City College's Associate of Arts in Film provides students with training in film production, history and diversity. Aspiring digital video editors can learn about the technical and creative parts of film production through classroom training and by working as part of a production crew. Some of the core and elective coursework includes film editing with Final Cut Pro software, cinema genres, motion graphics and digital effects. This degree may fulfill the lower education requirements to transfer to a bachelor's degree program at a 4-year university.
Solano Community College
Solano Community College offers an associate's degree in film and television. This program provides training and hands-on experience in areas of film and television, including filming and editing short digital films.
Associate in Arts in Film and Television
Solano Community College's Associate in Arts in Film and Television program teaches students the skills needed to create a short digital film or TV program from start to finish. Students learn to create and structure a storyline and to produce the project. They also learn postproduction techniques, such as editing a film. Students also learn to write scripts for TV and film and to evaluate finished films. This 60-credit program includes courses in film production that provide training on the use of digital film production equipment, as well as on cinematography, sound recording and editing.
Other digital video editing associate's degree programs in the Sacramento area can be found at American River College, which is about 10 miles away from downtown Sacramento, Sierra College, which is roughly 20 miles away and Cosumnes River College, which is about 8 miles away from downtown.