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Video Editing and Effects

Earn a Two-Year Video Editing Degree at Aims

From blockbuster superhero films to Super Bowl ads to comedy shorts on social media, video entertainment and information are in high demand. This is especially true as more people use their phones and tablets to watch movies, TV and web content. Movie studios, TV networks, advertisers and businesses need skilled professionals to edit videos for their audiences. 

Turn your passion for visual storytelling into a career in video editing and special effects. Earn a video editing degree and develop your creative abilities in this ever-evolving industry. Build the technical and industry knowledge employers need with a two-year video editor degree. Learn how to edit video and create special effects using industry-standard editing equipment and software in a state-of-the-art computer lab. Use your creativity to develop your own style and produce professional-quality video content. Complete your vision in post-production with special effects that enhance the storytelling experience.

If you love telling stories and are interested in the technical aspects of video, this program will give you the skills you need to get a job in the industry.

Turn Your Creative Passion Into a Career

Aims Degree Video - Communication Media - Video Editing and Effects Production

Professor Jim Crandall talks about the importance of creativity while learning video editing and special effects software and techniques at Aims.

Get Hands-on Training in Video Editing and Special Effects

While earning your video editing degree, build professional skills and gain industry knowledge, including:

  • Using video editing and special effects software programs
  • Developing your unique video editing style
  • Telling stories through editing
  • Understanding how audio and video footage work together
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Giving and receiving feedback

“It’s a very creative process because you work with pictures that somebody else has shot but you get to tell the story in your own way, by the shots you choose or the way you choose to put those shots together.” --Jim Crandall, Aims Communication Media department chair

Master these skills in the lab using industry-standard video editing and special effects software and equipment. Learn digital editing software including Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere and Avid. Special effects classes feature Adobe After Effects and Cinema 4D software.

Along with your core video editing and special effects classes, elective courses broaden your understanding of motion graphic design, sound design and videography.

Launch Your Career in Video Editing and Effects

The movie, television and video industries are thriving, with new opportunities opening up in many different positions. Video editing and effects classes prepare you to work at movie and animation studios, broadcast and streaming TV stations and networks, and businesses.

Get involved in editing and special effects projects like:

  • Motion pictures and animated films
  • Television shows
  • Commercials 
  • Documentaries
  • Corporate training videos
$56,054 Median salary w/associate Source:

Video Editing and Effects Faculty and Staff

Instructors at Aims have years of experience working in the video editing and effects industry. With the small class sizes in this video editor degree program, you get plenty of one-on-one time with instructors in the video editing lab.

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    Dev Multer

    Media Producer II
  • Kellie Sapp headshot

    Kellie Sapp

    Part-Time: Coaching, Mentoring, Trainings, Communication Media
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    Eric Taylor

    Instructor, Communication Media