Aspiring video editors can choose from roughly 12 schools in Massachusetts that offer relevant courses. While some courses can be taken individually, most are found within associate or bachelor's degree programs in areas like communications, film, media arts or video production. Additionally, video editing courses may be part of a concentration such as film and video, post-production or television. Depending on the technical nature of the major, some schools have computer labs with various video editing equipment. Below are overviews of 10 of the largest schools in the state offering video editing courses.
American International College
Springfield's American International College offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree programs in communication that includes courses in video editing. Courses include video production, visual communication, art appreciation and communication research. Additionally, students can choose electives in television sports broadcasting, digital media applications and video production, all of which include video editing lessons. An internship or study abroad experience is also required.
Boston College in Chestnut Hill has a film studies bachelor's degree program that features video production training. Students can take courses in film art, filmmaking, digital technology and non-linear editing. Some courses include training in editing software like Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer. An internship and senior project are required for completion of the program.
The bachelor's degree program in film and television at this Boston university provides instruction in film studies, writing, production and management. Undergraduates learn about storytelling, digital and film production, FX editing, television studio production and motion picture editing. Additionally, the university provides a range of resources for high-definition video editing and post-production editing. Qualified students may also gain practical experience through a Los Angeles internship program.
This school also offers a master's degree in film production that include classes in editing. The Master of Fine Arts program, however, requires four semesters and a thesis. Students in this program may participate in the schools video editing contests.
Milton's Curry College offers a bachelor's degree program in communication with an emphasis in television and digital video. This program is comprised of courses in television production, HD and 3D video field production, digital video editing and media law. The college's all-digital video center includes video editing facilities that include computers with Avid, Final Cut Pro HD and After Effects software. Students may complete a semester-long internship in Los Angeles as well.
Emerson College in Boston has Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) options for students interested in post-production. Courses include film, video and television production; video/film editing; and media criticism. B.A. candidates take 44 credits of major-specific courses, as opposed to 60 credits for the B.F.A. program. Students in the B.A program can register for an optional 1-semester capstone project, which includes work on a production project, video reel or professional portfolio. The B.F.A. program requires a year-long thesis project. All students have access to the school's Video Editing Lab, which contains 11 computers loaded with After Effects Production, Avid and DVD Studio Pro software.
Fitchburg State University
Students at Fitchburg State University, located in Fitchburg, can pursue a bachelor's degree in communications media with a concentration in film and video production. Student have the opportunity to take courses in pre-production planning, film production, post-production and digital production. An advanced video course is also available. Degree candidates may submit film and video work to the school's annual art exhibition.
Harvard University in Cambridge offers a video editing and design course through the Harvard Extension School. This course focuses on post-production and covers several editing styles. Students gain substantial experience with Final Cut Pro X and learn the fundamentals of motion graphics. Undergraduates may use existing footage for projects or shoot their own.
Massasoit Community College
The 61-credit associate degree program at Massasoit Community College in Brockton focuses on media communications and includes courses in television studio production, film and media. Program participants may take the digital video editing course, where they get to use Avid Liquid and Apple Final Cut Pro software to learn editing techniques and construct video projects.
Quincy College in Quincy has an associate degree program in computer science with a concentration in media arts. Students learn about the history of film and television, digital video production, video editing and animation, computer graphics and Final Cut Pro software. A capstone project is included. This program requires 62 total credit hours.
Worcester State University
Worcester State University in Worcester offers a bachelor's degree program in communications with a media production concentration. Students first take major courses in media writing, criticism and visual media literacy. The broadcast media track of the production concentration covers television production, introduction to video, scriptwriting and video editing.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Video Editing Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|American International College||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city|| Bachelor of Arts in Communication,
Bachelor of Science in Communication - New Media
|Boston College||4-year, private not-for-profit; small city||Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies||$55,464*|
|Boston University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city|| Bachelor of Science in Film & Television,
Master of Fine Arts in Cinema and Media Production
|Curry College||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||Bachelor's degree in communication with a concentration in television/digital video||$40,070*|
|Emerson College||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city|| Bachelor of Arts in Media Production with a specialization in post-production,
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Arts Production
|Fitchburg State University||4-year, public; midsize suburb||Bachelor of Science in Communications Media with a concentration in film & video||$10,354 in-state; $16,434 out-of-state*|
|Harvard University||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city||Video Editing and Digital Design Course||$2,840 for course (2016)**|
|Massasoit Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate degree in liberal arts studies with a focus in media communications||$4,824 in-state; $9,768 out-of-state*|
|Quincy College||2-year, public; small city||Associate in Science in Computer Science - Media Arts||$6,518*|
|Worcester State University||4-year, public; midsize city||Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a concentration in media production||$10,161 in-state; $16,241 out-of-state*|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Harvard University.