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Educational Programs

Editing and Post-Production


Program description

Become a critical part of the post-production process for filmmaking through the Editing and Post-production 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.

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 post-production 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 establish strong collaborations with Directing, Cinematography and Screenwriting students.
  • 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 film school 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 post-production 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 post-production 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
  • Post-production 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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This program is part of the School of Design and the Arts.

Additional resources

2014 Editing and Post-Production Award

2014 Cinema Excellence Awards

Miguel Paz, "One Man's Trash"

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2013 Editing Award

2013 Cinema Excellence Awards

Ethan Cheeseman & DJ Stephenson, "Two Stiffs"

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Cinematography and Screenwriting Alumni Make Short Film Together

Panhandler Screenshot

Kevin Horn and John Karsko have worked on ten projects together since graduating from MCTC. Their latest project is a short film titled "Panhandler." Based on true events in Horn's life, the film centers around a man he met while on vacation and how he inspired him.

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Cinema Students Mentor High School Students Making Short Film

The Bag Video

MCTC Cinema students mentored high school students from several Metro Area schools who made a short film on MCTC's campus last spring.

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