Editing + VFX

Editors are the masters of time in the film world. They must simultaneously work with a creative eye and an analytical mind, piecing together cut after cut and scene after scene to create one cohesive masterpiece. When you choose the Editing + VFX emphasis, you'll acquire the skills and knowledge to master the central editing elements of time, pace, and rhythm. You'll learn to create and execute visual effects along the way and bring further depth to an overall piece.

What You'll Learn:

When you graduate with an Editing + VFX emphasis, you'll be equipped to:

  • Use key editing terms and principles and demonstrate a basic comprehension of the dramatic reasons for the edit
  • Demonstrate mastery of the key elements of editing:  time, pace, rhythm, and the visual & aural relationship
  • Perform sound post production with Avid Pro Tools
  • Function as an assistant editor in a professional environment
  • Demonstrate a mastery with the Avid editing system
  • Create and properly use visual effects
  • Demonstrate different cutting techniques for narrative and nonfiction projects
  • Enhance a character’s development and flow of the overall story of a narrative film.
  • Edit for different genres, including horror, suspense, and comedy
  • Communicate cogently and effectively in the post production process
  • Layer sound effects

Courses You'll Take:

BFA Cinema
BFA Cinema-Television


If you're working toward a BFA in Cinema-Television with an Editing/VFX Emphasis, you must take the following courses:


You must also take three (3) courses from the BFA Cinema list of electives PLUS one (1) of the following:

Practice Like a Professional

If you want to be a professional you have to practice with professional grade equipment. At Columbia College Hollywood, we have it all. From our professional soundstages to the most current, industry-standard equipment, you’ll have everything you need to succeed.

What Our Students Have Produced

Interested in what you might create? Columbia College Hollywood students have countless opportunities to show their skills. Check out some of their work below.

Turn Your Passion Into a Career

Technical Skill + Business Know-How + A Crazy Creative Mind = One Good Looking Future. We want to help you turn editing and visual effects into more than just a hobby. We want you to live it day in and day out. Because doing what you love isn’t a want, it’s a necessity.


Career Opportunities:

  • Editor
  • Editor, Assistant
  • Animator
  • Colorist
  • Compositor
  • Digital Imaging Technician
  • Motion Graphics
  • News Editor
  • Post Production Coordinator
  • VFX Coordinator

Who You’ll Learn From

Columbia College Hollywood was built by the industry for the industry. That's why we hire industry professionals to teach you everything you need to know. Take a look at who might be teaching you.

Ed Bishop Ed Bishop Ed Bishop is the founder of Odd Sprocket Films which produced and released several projects featuring UFC fighter Randy Couture.
Philip Malamuth Philip Malamuth With 25+ years of experience, Philip Malamuth has worked as an editor on shows such as Ni Hao Kai-Lan, The Replacements, and Brandy & Mr. Whiskers.
John Quinn John Quinn John Quinn is an highly experienced editor of over 25 feature films for studios such as MGM and Artisan Films.

What It’ll Cost:

We know earning a college degree is no small investment. Take a look at our tuition, financial aid options, and scholarship opportunities. We are committed to helping you get on a path to success.

Full-Time Part-Time
Annual Tuition $24,000.00 $12,000.00
Production Insurance and Student Accident Insurance $495.00 $495.00
Total Annual Tuition and Fees $24,495.00 $12,495.00