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Master's Program in Film and Television - Film Editing

Aalto University
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
15,000 EUR
Start dates
15,000 EUR

15,000 EUR
Aalto University

Program description

Master's Program in Film and Television - Film Editing

The Major in Film Editing, part of the Master’s program 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 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 language of instruction in the Master’s Program is mainly Finnish. However, part of the courses can be taught in English. The degree can also be completed in English.

Admission requirements

You are eligible to apply in master's admissions if you have a bachelor’s degree. The bachelor's degree must be equivalent to 180 ECTS credits or three years of full-time study. The degree must give eligibility to apply for master’s degree studies at university in the awarding country. The awarding higher education institution has to be a recognized part of the official national education system of the country. It has to be accredited as a degree-granting higher education institution by the country where it is located or by a relevant international organisation (such as UNESCO).

For more information, please visit the university website. 

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Program content

  • Joint Master's Studies in Film and Television
  • Theory, Art and Artistic Practices
  • Working Life Practices and Skills
  • Analysis and Vision
  • Advanced Studies in Film Editing
  • Elective Studies in Film Editing
  • Master’s Thesis

Tuition fees

The full tuition price for non-EU/EEA citizens is €15000 per year

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Upon completion of the program, students will graduate with a Master of Arts (Art and Design) degree. 

Continuing studies

The goal of the education is to impart a capacity for pursuing doctoral studies.

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 School of Business at Aalto can recommend entrepreneurship studies. Recommended minor studies include dramaturgy courses at the Theatre Academy in the University of the Arts and courses in the Space and Time program at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. Recommended studies for those with a special interest in the topic are programming courses at Aalto University School of Science, which can provide qualification for working in the game industry. The personal study plan provides the student with support in reaching his/her goals.

Film editor with main artistic responsibility for

  • Short or feature-length fictional
  • Documentary and animation films
  • Film dramaturg
  • Editing consultant
  • Visual effects designer and technician
  • Film industry entrepreneur.

About this institute

Aalto University

Aalto University

Aalto University is a multidisciplinary community of bold thinkers, where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future....

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Aalto University

Otakaari 1B
02150 Espoo

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