Film and television - Film editing, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English, Finnish
    Language
University rank #137 (QS) ,
The Major in Film Editing, part of the Master’s Programme in Film and Television, is a continuation of the bachelor’s studies in film editing. Bachelor’s studies in this major provide an outstanding foundation for master’s studies. The Film and television - Film editing course is offered by Aalto University.

About

The technical, expressive and vocational foundation for film editing has been laid in the BA studies. The aim of the MA degree is to develop the student into an expert of viewing and seeing, a storyteller and an artist. Mastering the structure and expression of a feature-length documentary and a feature fiction film are at the core of the teaching. The MA degree also provides the opportunity to specialise in digital post-production, animation and experimental film. The goal of the education is to impart a capacity for pursuing further studies.

The aim of master’s studies is that the student discovers his/her own way of working and is able to plan time use appropriately during the editing process in a large production. In film editing studies, the student learns to master the artistic, production-related and technical entity of his/her professional field through course teaching and exercises that gradually become more demanding. The goal of teaching is to strengthen the student’s skills and development and critical thinking in accordance with artistic vision.

Career opportunities

The Major in Film Editing, part of the MA in Film and Television, equips the student with the ability to master the creative editing process of a long film in the areas of both fictional and documentary film. A precondition for original and independent thinking is understanding how the viewer’s experiences are produced. Self-knowledge and awareness of one’s own artistic quality and working process are a precondition for working together with various directors.

Graduates can work as head editors in fictional, documentary and animation films. Graduates have been employed is those very positions in different production or TV companies or work as independent professionals or entrepreneurs. They are able to edit demanding material anywhere in the world, depending on their language skills and connections. Graduates can also apply for further studies and become researchers or teachers. The majority of Finnish full-length cinema film editors have graduated from the Department of Film, Television and Scenography / Film Editing. Film editors with an MA can also be employed in digital post-production positions.

The Film and television - Film editing course is offered by Aalto University.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Creator-centred Research and Creator Theory
  • Film Analysis and Essay Writing 
  • Master Clinic
  • Advanced Information Literacy
  • MA Seminar
  • Film History Specialisation
  • Special Areas in Film Dramaturgy
  • Seventh Art
  • Editing a Feature Film, Fiction 1
  • Editing a Feature Film, Fiction 2
  • Editing a Feature Film, Fiction 3
  • Editing a Feature Film, Fiction 4
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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in Finnish
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

  • An appropriate Bachelor´s degree or an equivalent qualification.

Students apply for the Master’s Programme in Film and Television with a major in Film Editing via the master’s degree admission process for the field of art and design. Key admission criteria for selecting Film Editing students are an earlier university degree or equivalent suitability for the field and basic studies completed in an acceptable manner. Continuing on to master’s studies after completing a bachelor’s degree is a natural way to enter the programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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    Free
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    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Helsinki

  • 975 - 1590 EUR/month
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