Major in Film Editing

Professor in Charge of Major

Professor Anne Lakanen

Learning Outcomes

At the master’s level, the major in Film Editing 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 technical, expression-related 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 doctoral 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.

Graduates with a major in Film Editing can process the structure of a full-length film and manage large amounts of material, schedule their own work in relation to the demands of production. He/she understands the requirements for making visual effects and can proportion digital post-production to his/her work. On the other hand, he/she has the possibility to specialise in digital post-production and as a visual effects designer, technician and expert. Film Editing studies provide the student with a good foundation for becoming an independent artist who has the skills to renew cinematic expression and specialise in film expression research or use his/her visual dramaturgy skills in other areas of narration and communications.

Education Content

A student working towards a master’s degree with a major in Film Editing deepens his/her skills and vision in dramaturgy and film editing. The teaching consists of workshops and lecture modules built around various changing themes, and advanced studies in the theory of this work.

The major provides deeper knowledge of film structures and film editing theories. The student has the possibility to expand his/her cinematic knowledge in the direction of filming and sound design and select studies to support their own area of specialisation from the cooperation platform of Aalto University and the University of the Arts. Etude productions focus on the editor’s vocational practices in the areas of fictional, documentary and animation film.

The education is mainly based on practical learning by doing, personal work and direction and dialogue-based interaction. The student deepens his/her knowledge of traditions and modern trends in the field.

The task of a film editor is to assess the functioning of the screenplay, find the final form of the film in the recorded material and produce the intended emotional impact in the viewer. A film editor needs the ability to be empathic as well as to understand interpersonal interactive relations and the wider and deeper meanings of the narration. The film editor needs to have a good idea of film history and the expressive means of various genres. Good image reading ability, a sense of rhythm and the ability to perceive structures provide the boldness needed to produce new solutions during the editing process. Communication skills and the ability to cooperate are the basic requirements for progressing in the profession.  The main focus of master’ studies are placed on managing large entities and the long format.

A personal study plan is drawn up separately for each student according to his/her interests. For example, he/she can specialise in actual film editing, post-production, digital effects or move in the research direction.

Major Studies 90 ECTS

Code

Name

ECTS Credits

Advanced Studies in Film Editing

90

Students of the major complete 60 ECTS of studies from an annually changing selection of courses so that at least the minimum credit requirements of the study modules are fulfilled. In addition, students complete a master’s thesis.

Art, Theory and Research Studies

5–30

ELO-E1500

Creator-centred Research and Creator Theory

2–4

ELO-E1501

Film Analysis and Essay Writing 

2–4

ELO-E1001

Master Clinic

1–2

ELO-E1002

Advanced Information Literacy

1

ELO-E1003

MA Seminar

3–5

ELO-C1010

Film History Specialisation

1–6

ELO-E3025

Special Areas in Film Dramaturgy

1–5

ELO-E3000

Seventh Art

1–5

Advanced Studies in Film Editing

30–46

Editing a Feature Film, Fiction

2–20

ELO-E3001

Editing a Feature Film, Fiction 1

2

ELO-E3002

Editing a Feature Film, Fiction 2

6–8

ELO-E3003

Editing a Feature Film, Fiction 3

2–5

ELO-E3004

Editing a Feature Film, Fiction 4

2–5

 Editing a Feature Film,  Documentary

2–25

ELO-E3005

Editing a Feature Film, Documentary

2

ELO-E3006

Editing a Feature Film, Documentary

4–10

ELO-E3007

Editing a Feature Film, Documentary

6–8

ELO-E3008

Editing a Feature Film, Documentary

3–5

TV Series

 

2–20

ELO-E3009

TV Series 1

2

ELO-E3010

TV Series 2

2–8

ELO-E3011

TV Series 3

2–5

ELO-E3012

TV Series 4

2–5

Other advanced courses in Film Editing

ELO-E3013

Special Branches of Film Editing

1–20 *

ELO-E3014

Case Studies with the Film Editor

2

ELO-E4510

School of Sound

4

Advanced Special Courses

8–25

ELO-E3015

Experimental Film

1–7

ELO-E3016

Film Etudes

2–14 *

ELO-C3030

Basics in Cinematography for Film Editors

2

ELO-E3017

Film Editing, Course with Varying Content

2–12

ELO-E3018

Advanced Studies of Sound Editing for Editors

2–6

ELO-E1507

History and Memory 2

1–6

ELO-E3019

Digital Post Production

2–10

ELO-E3020

Entrepreneurship and Legislation in the Film Business

1–3

Master’s Thesis

30

ELO.thes 

Master’s Thesis

30

* ) Students have the right to be credited with components of courses from courses over 12 ECTS.

Elective Studies 30 ECTS

All master’s degrees at Aalto ARTS include 30 ECTS of elective studies. As elective studies, students can for example complete courses at the school’s other programmes and majors, elsewhere at Aalto University or at other Finnish universities or participate in an international student exchange programme.  Elective studies as well as other studies offered by the major can also be freely included in elective studies.

Elective Studies in Film Editing

Code

Name

ECTS Credits

ELO.trai

Training

1–10

ELO-E1000

International Studies (MA)

2–6

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