Master's Programs in Film Production and Editing

Find out the graduate programs available in film production and editing. Learn about the classes offered in these programs as well as job titles commonly held by those who earn these degrees. Schools offering Digital Cinematography degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Master's Degree Options Are Available in Film Production and Editing?

If you're looking for a master's degree in film production, you can look for Master of Arts (M.A.) or Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programs in media studies, documentary filmmaking, motion picture and television or film and television production. Some programs have specializations allowing you to complete additional studies in cinematography, producing, directing, screenwriting or editing. For some programs, you'll need to complete a thesis, while others give you the option completing additional courses in lieu of a thesis.

Degree TypesM.A., M.F.A., specializations may be available in a variety of topics
Common CoursesDesign in films, documentary filmmaking, integrating graphics into films, developing and selling your films, creating historically-accurate films
Online AvailabilityOnline programs are available at the master's level
Career PossibilitiesProducer, director, film editor

What Will I Learn?

Most programs start with a smattering of film-related courses, such as screenwriting, digital editing and general filmmaking. You'll learn how to edit digital films, add music and control special effects. In the production courses, you'll gain practical experience working with actors and directors. Other courses go into the following topics:

  • Documentary filmmaking
  • Integrating graphics into films
  • Editing and digital editing techniques for films
  • Creating historically-accurate films
  • Design in films
  • Developing and selling your films

Are Online Programs Available?

Several schools offer online master's degree programs in film production and editing. You can take video courses and participate in discussions. Even seminars are offered online, where you'll study film history, theory and management. Both online and campus-based programs allow you to create films, including documentaries, which you can share with your classmates and professors for critiques.

What Will This Degree Prepare Me To Do?

This training will help you develop the skills you'll need to produce, edit and market your own films. With this training, you could become a producer, a director or a film editor. Producers are responsible for the business side of creating a film. In larger film production companies, they determine which films get budgeted for production. Directors make or oversee the creative decisions, including cast selection, script revision and shot design. Editors are responsible for the final version of the film. They cut out the unwanted scenes and assemble the film so it flows well with apt musical numbers and special effects.

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