Educational Programs

Editing and Postproduction

 

Program description

Become a critical part of the postproduction process for film and digital video through the Editing and Postproduction Program at MCTC. You will gain the skills you need to refine and shape footage, gaining confidence in the aesthetic and technical approaches to advance film narrative through story, rhythm and pace, create emotional impact with editing and understand 2 and 3 dimensional space.

Program start and location

You must begin Cinema programs in the fall semester only. Courses are taught on MCTC’s main campus. You will spend considerable time outside the classroom working on productions.

Degree options and requirements

Please select the award below to view the degree options and requirements in the college catalog.

Editing and Postproduction A.S. degree—60 credits

Click here for the MCTC Cinema Division supplemental application form.

What you will learn

  • You will explore the aesthetics and technical approaches used in the finishing phases of cinema projects.
  • You will learn to edit and become familiar with Postproduction workflows for film and digital video and develop technical skills including acuity on professional picture and sound editing software, DVD authoring, basic motion graphics, color correction, sound design and sound mixing.
  • You will create a film editor reel and learn how to promote yourself and your productions by preparing a press kit and submitting your projects to screening venues.
  • You will learn the best practices for professional standards and expectations.

Points of pride

  • The MCTC Cinema programs are amongst the very few two-year degree programs offered in cinema production in the U.S. The MCTC Cinema Division is the only comprehensive cinema production institution of its kind in the upper Midwest.
  • MCTC’s cinema programs are some of the most affordable programs in the U.S. and tuition covers almost all of your production costs.
  • Thanks to a low student-to-teacher ratio, you will receive personal attention from qualified, passionate faculty members who are working professionals and hold MFA or Ph.D. degrees.
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  • A diverse student base adds to the creative experience. Students come from all over the world, have varied professional backgrounds and range in age from 18 to 65.
  • Cutting-edge technology and facilities strengthen the programs’ practical experience. You will have access to the latest software, cameras and equipment as well as production and postproduction facilities and studios.
  • Local and nationally recognized industry experts from Hollywood and New York serve as guest speakers and work with students every semester.
  • MCTC boasts award-winning alumni. Former student achievements have included: producing a Super Bowl ad that was the most-watched television commercial of all time; writing and producing a short film that qualified for consideration as a 2010 Oscar nomination; earning the McKnight Screenwriting Fellowship Award in 2009; receiving Bush Foundation Artist Fellowships, and winning a 2008 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, one of the most prestigious screenwriting prizes in the world.
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Where you could work

  • Local and national film and video postproduction houses
  • Local and national independent producers
  • Independent home video distribution companies
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  • In-house production departments within retail stores and corporations
  • Local and national film studios
  • Local and national television, cable stations and networks
  • National and local advertising agencies
  • As a freelancer
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Potential job titles

  • Visual effects editor
  • Postproduction specialist
  • Sound editor
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  • Editor
  • Assistant editor
  • Multimedia content manager 
  • Motion graphics designer
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Occupational outlook

Nationally, the number of jobs in the entertainment industry is expected to increase through the year 2016 (according to iseek.org) as a growing population enjoys movies as entertainment. There is strong demand for productions from foreign and domestic television, cable television, pay TV services and feature film markets. In addition, computer and Internet services are providing new outlets for film productions, and there is also a demand for home movie rentals, music videos and live performances.

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The job outlook is best for film and video editors, camera operators, computer specialists, multimedia artists, and others who are skilled in digital filming, editing and computer-generated imaging.

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Beyond-the-classroom opportunities

Strong relationships with the local film industry position MCTC you as a sought-after candidate for internships and on-location work. These community collaborations also produce myriad programs, events and guest speakers, most of which are hosted on the MCTC campus.

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The Cinema Division partners with the Minnesota Film and TV Board, IFP Minnesota, Screenwriter’s Workshop of Minnesota, the Jerome Foundation and the Walker Art Center. Local relationships helped establish the Annual Cinema Division Production Excellence Awards, which spotlight student works in Directing, Screenwriting, Cinematography, Editing and Postproduction, Sound Arts and Digital Photography.

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Academy

This program is part of the Academy of Media and Technology. Click here for more information.

Articulation Agreements and Common Course Outlines

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2013 Editing Award

Ethan Cheeseman & DJ Stephenson, "Two Stiffs"

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