Credits: N ECTS cr

Responsible teacher: 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



ECTS Credits

Joint MA Studies in Film and Television30
Joint MA studies are obligatory for students studying in the Master's Programme in Film and Television.
Theory, Art and Artistic Practices10
ELO-E1010Master's Thesis Seminar4-6
ELO-E1011Theory, Art and Artistic Practices 12
ELO-E1012Theory, Art and Artistic Practices 22-4
Working Life Practices and Skills10
ELO-E1013Group Dynamics and Leadership2
ELO-E1014Contracts and Copyrights4
ELO-E1015Wellbeing at Work2
ELO-E1016Entrepreneurship and Working Life Skills2
Analysis and Vision10
ELO-E1017Seventh Art2
ELO-E1018Artistic and Technical Breakdown of the Script 12
ELO-E1019Artistic and Technical Breakdown of the Script 22
Choose two of the following courses:4
ELO-E1020Film History 52
ELO-E1021Film History 62
ELO-E1022Film History 72

Advanced Studies in Film Editing



Editing a Feature Film or Television Series 1



Editing a Feature Film or Television Series 2



Editing a Feature Film or Television Series 3



Editing a Feature Film or Television Series 4



Movement and Perspective, Editing



Experimental Film






Image and Sound 2



History and Memory 2



Film Editing, Course with Varying Content (MA)



Film Editors' Seminar 2



School of Sound



Digital Post-production, VFX



Film Excercise (MA)



Special Areas in Film Editing


Master’s Thesis



Master’s Thesis


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