Video editors edit film, film soundtracks, and video for motion picture and soundtrack recording industries, publishing industries, advertising, and educational services. From editing shot sequences and developing post-production models to collaborating with music editors and conducting film screenings, video editors work with producers, directors, and technical staff on all facets of a production. Depending on the industry and type of production, video editors may supervise and coordinate the activities of workers involved in assembling, editing and recording activities.
In order to become a video editor, you will need at least a bachelor’s degree in film studies or film, digital film & video, video production, or digital film making & video production. The degree must be from an accredited college or university, design school, art & design school, or film school. A technical certificate or associate degree is adequate for assistant or support positions, junior video editing, or other entry-level positions; however, most employers prefer a bachelor’s degree or higher for anything outside of a support positions.
If you are interested in a career in video editing, you’re in luck. The industry is expected to grow by 12.7%, or 2,707 annual job openings, between now and 2016. To get started all you need to do is choose a learning format – online or on-campus. If you are a working student and flexibility is necessary, the online format is a good choice. An online video editing degree program will allow you to work on completing your degree while working in the field or other position. You may log on any time of the day or night to complete the required coursework.
Coursework for an online video editing program should be the same as a traditional (on-campus) program. A quality, accredited online video editing degree program will include courses such as avant garde film, final cut pro, media aesthetics, storyboarding, video art, and video lighting and color.