Film Editing Majors

Film editing isn't typically offered as its own major, but you can learn the necessary skills from a general program in film or a related discipline. Read about the available programs, online study options, common coursework and career prospects. Schools offering Digital Cinematography degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Are Bachelor's Degree Programs in Film Editing Offered?

Film editing, in and of itself, generally doesn't constitute a full major. However, bachelor's degree programs in film, motion pictures, digital communications and other related areas can be found from a number of schools, and they offer specializations and courses in film editing for a variety of media. Prerequisites for bachelor's degree programs typically only require a high school diploma or equivalent.

Program Available Specializations under a bachelor's degree
Admission Requirements High school diploma
Online Options Limited options available
Common Courses Audio and video production, film criticism, film production
Median Salary (2014) $57,210 per year*
Job Outlook (2014-2024) 11% growth*

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Are Programs Available Online?

Bachelor's degree programs in film do exist online, but programs are very rare. You may also find certificate programs along with associate's and master's degree programs online that cover film editing. These programs can be completed entirely over the Internet either full- or part-time, or as hybrid programs, combining online learning with on-campus attendance. As an online student, you'll need to meet technical requirements set by your school, and you may also need to purchase additional software or other course materials, which varies by school.

What Courses Will I Take?

Bachelor's degree programs in film and media include general education courses, in addition to topics relating to film, such as writing, production practices and media theory. You'll learn how to work with different types of media and editing software, in addition to exploring cinematography, special effects, scene construction and effective methods for creating shots and sequences to tell a story. Some of the courses you can expect to take include:

  • Film criticism
  • Film production
  • Digital production
  • Audio editing
  • Video editing

What Is the Career Outlook for This Field?

Jobs for video and film editors were expected to grow at an above average rate of 18% between 2014 and 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, ( The demand for jobs in this field will rise as the use of cable and satellite television increases and will also be affected by the demand for DVDs and videos that can be accessed via the Internet. As of May 2014, median salaries for film editors ranged from $35,560 to $97,810 between the 25th and 75th percentiles, according to

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