Work on award-winning Films

Our students learn by editing a real film that's currently in post-production. They get individual feedback from the director and receive a credit on the finished movie. 

Learn from the best

Our classes are taught by some of the top editors in the business. They're in the room all day, every day.

A 15 Year Track Record

Our graduates' work has won recognition at Sundance, the Emmys, and even the Oscars.

Master the Tools of the Trade

Our six-week course uses Avid Media Composer, the industry standard for feature film editing.

Not Just for Editors

Our class is also ideal for directors who want to cut their own films, cinematographers who want to shoot with editing in mind, and anyone who wants an in-depth knowledge of the post-production process.


Upcoming Classes

January 11 - February 19, 2016
March 21 - April 29, 2016
June 6 - July 15, 2016


Week One
10am - 5pm, M-F
Weeks Two through Six
Most classes have two shifts:
9am - 2pm
or 2pm - 7pm, M-F
More info →

Course Fee


There’s really no way I could have gotten this far in my career this quickly without The Edit Center.
— Cindy Lee/2014 Independent Spirit Nominee, Best Editing


Most editing classes use canned footage. No matter how good the material is, it can't compare to the learning experience of cutting a real film for a real director. 

Our innovative program brings together independent filmmakers who need their movies edited and aspiring editors looking for a way to develop their skills. Previous class projects include Winter's Bone (Oscar Nominee, Best Picture 2011), Listen Up Philip (Sundance 2011), Hot Coffee (Sundance 2011, HBO), and Frozen River (Oscar Nominee, Best Original Screenplay 2009), to name just a few. See other past projects →

During the class, each student is in charge of editing a section of the film, with regular guidance and feedback from our teachers. Students leave the class with a professional editor's reel and a credit on the final filma real-world credential that helps them start their career.

There were so many story lines in the movie that I wanted a lot of people giving input. And students’ minds are more open to breaking conventions.
— Ethan Hawke
Director Ethan Hawke working with student Deepa Donde on class project Chelsea Walls.

Director Ethan Hawke working with student Deepa Donde on class project Chelsea Walls.

The teachers


Our teachers include the editors of award-winning films like Beasts of the Southern Wild and Margin Call,  TV shows like "Mad Men," "Boardwalk Empire," and "True Detective," and documentaries like Inside Job and Sicko.

All day, every day

These industry pros don't just stop by once or twice for a guest lecture or a screening. They're in the classroom every day to work with students.

Personal attention

One-on-one feedback is one of the keys to our program's success. Rather than discussing editing theory in the abstract, our teachers sit with students individually and help them think through the creative and technical challenges in their scenes.

Small class sizes

We never have more than three students for every teacher and our maximum class size is 14.

I can’t say enough good things about my instructors, who were not only talented editors in their own right, but also amazing teachers.
— Stephanie Ahn '09/Editor, My Old Lady

Master the Tools of the Trade

Students in our six-week class learn to use Avid Media Composer 8, the industry standard for feature film editing. And while there are scores of online tutorials, books, and classes that can show you the basics of Avid, this class teaches you how professional editors really use the program—not just what it says in the manual. Even if you've worked with Avid before, you'll pick up dozens of new tips and tricks.

See a detailed week-by-week syllabus →

Why Avid?

Figuring out which editing program to learn can be confusing these days. Avid, Adobe Premiere, or Final Cut Pro? Why not all three? Click here for our take.

after the class


Getting started in the film world can be intimidating, but graduates of our six-week program have an edge. You'll leave with:

  • A professional editor's reel
  • A real credit on their class films (Yes, it will show up on IMDB!)
  • A network of fellow students and teachers (Because most jobs come through word of mouth)
  • Access to our alumni e-group, an online resource for tech questions, career advice, and job listings
  • And most importantly: Experience editing real-world projects


The best evidence we can offer that our approach works is the success of our students. They've been nominated for editing prizes at Sundance, the Independent Spirit Awards, and the Emmys. The editors of How to Survive a Plague (Oscar Nominee 2013), If a Tree Falls (Oscar Nominee 2012), and Inside Job (Oscar Winner 2011) are all Edit Center graduates. 

Find out what our graduates have been up to lately  →

The community of editors and filmmakers who circle in and out of the Edit Center provided incredible support to me as I started looking for work. Within a month or so I was interning, then assisting, and finally working as the lead editor on great projects.
— Sarah Devorkin '07/Editor, Page One: Inside the New York Times
Within my first few days at The Edit Center, I knew I made the right decision. I was getting valuable feedback from professional editors and I was quickly learning the tools to work in an edit room.
— Alec Styborski/Assistant Editor, True Detective

Still Have Questions?

Attend an Open House

Check out our classroom space, meet our teachers, and get an overview of the program.


30 John St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201


Monday, December 7 @ 7pm
Monday, February 8 @ 7pm

Contact us

(212) 691-2370



The following is a sample syllabus from a typical six-week course. Please keep in mind that the schedule may vary from class to class.

Week One

Intensive Avid Training

Schedule: 10am - 5pm, M-F

We begin the class by providing you with a solid technical foundation in Avid Media Composer 8. Our goal for this week is to get everyone comfortable with the fundamentals of the software.

Week Two

INTRODUCTION TO Narrative Editing

Schedule: For weeks 2-6, most classes have two shifts: 9am - 2pm or 2pm - 7pm, M-F
More details here.

  • Begin working on the narrative class project

  • Meet the film's director and discuss her/his creative vision

  • Class discussion about the director/editor relationship
  • Avid Lecture: Asymmetrical Trimming
Week Three


  • Meet one-on-one with the director and get feedback on your work in progress
  • Q&A with a special guest. Previous guest speakers include Craig McKay (The Silence of the Lambs), Jay Rabinowitz (Requiem for a Dream), Sarah Flack (Lost in Translation)and Alisa Lepselter (Midnight In Paris).
  • Avid Lecture: Basic visual effects
Week Four

Introduction to Documentary EDITING

  • Second feedback session with the director
  • Finish work on your narrative scenes
  • Screening of the class's rough cut
  • Begin editing the documentary project
  • Special Lecture: How to Edit Vérité Footage
  • Meet the director of the documentary
  • Avid Lecture: Working with Stills, Archival, and Text
Week Five


  • Meet one-on-one with the director of the documentary
  • Q&A with a special guest (usually the editor or director of a recent documentary)
  • Special Lecture: Editing interviews
  • Avid Lecture: Basic Color Correction
Week Six

Continue Narrative Documentary Editing and Wrapping Things UP

  • Final feedback session with the documentary director
  • Screening of the class's rough cut
  • Avid Lecture: Essential Skills for Assistant Editing
  • Special Lecure: Career Paths