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American Film Institute (AFI) - Editing

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Degrees Offered
  1. 2 Year Conservatory
  1. Editing
Yearly Tuition
$40k to $50k
Tuition Detail
$59,348 first year $61,425 second year
Application Deadlines
December 2, 2020
The Editing program is designed around the aesthetic, technical, and collaborative aspects of post-production with the primary focus on storytelling. Fellows develop the skills to be editors, assistant editors and post-production producers while collaborating with other team members.

The Sony Digital Arts Center is an Avid based state-of-the-art post-production facility.

First year editors work on six narrative digital projects — with instruction including not only picture and visual effects editing but also the aesthetics of sound design — as they create and mix sound with Pro Tools audio workstations.

Second year editing Fellows collaborate on two film or high-definition digital projects, taking them through a complete post-production process, replicating a studio or independent production and developing professional relationships with outside vendors.
School URL
GRE Required?
Portfolio Required?
Application Fee
$ 90
Letters of Reference Req.
Class Size
Enrollment is limited to 140 Fellows — 28 Cinematographers, 28 Directors, 14 Editors, 28 Producers, 14 Production Designers and 28 Screenwriters.
Internship Opportunities
Application Requirements
Submit two different examples of original work of which you are the sole editor on that best demonstrates talent and ability. Sample pieces should be no more than 20 minutes per sample and should demonstrate narrative ability. Only one piece of work per link allowed. No editor reels are accepted.

Submissions will be accepted via YouTube or Vimeo links within the online application. DO NOT PASSWORD PROTECT THE VIDEO LINKS YOU PROVIDE IN YOUR APPLICATION.

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