MFA Craft Editing


Program Description

In partnership with Inside the Edit

This e-learning Masters in Craft Editing is aimed at those with the drive and creativity to become a professional editor. Whether you’re cutting documentary, drama, promotions, news or corporate, the editor’s priority is to tell the clearest, most dynamic and engaging story from the rushes. This course shows you how.

To deliver this course, Ravensbourne has teamed up with the world’s only professional craft editing online course Inside the Edit. Using cutting edge technologies, this master is offered as a distance-learning course to students anywhere in the world. All rushes are professionally shot and packaged for the purpose of developing editing skills.

Inside the Edit tutorials form the spine of the course and help you develop your skills level from foundation to intermediate to professional. The course also features workshops, one-to-one tuition, online chat rooms, peer-to-peer feedback, client relationships, and master class webinars. For your Final Major Project, you will edit your own live commissions, and receive help and support from your own industry mentor.

Ravensbourne has long been a centre of excellence for editing and runs the largest feeder course for the post-production industry in the UK.

We are running a free introductory taster session to the course on June 22nd - July 3rd.

Top reasons to apply

  • You can undertake this e-learning course anywhere in the world and at times that suit you
  • This Master is built around an industry recognised resource Inside the Edit, the world’s only craft editing course
  • Ravensbourne University London has been delivering vocational courses in Editing and Post Production longer than any other university in the UK and is recognised as a feeder institution for the industry
  • Our course team are all practitioners with up-to-date knowledge of industry developments
  • During your portfolio unit, you will have an industry editor/mentor to help you develop your chosen genre


  • Assistant editor
  • Craft editor
  • Edit producer
  • Shoot-and-edit

Course structure


You will be assessed through the submission of practical work that develops your craft and communication skills, as well as written work including reports and essays.

Term 1

You will be inducted into the culture of distance learning, course expectations, study skills, and the importance of contributing to our online community of practice. The Assembly unit delivers a wide range of bedrock skills from how an editor manages rushes to structuring a sync arc. Your Profession maps the territory of editing and introduces you to the client relationship.

Term 2

Rough Edit will further develop your screen storytelling skills with particular emphasis on pacing and timing, and techniques such as top-and-tailing scenes, and intercutting. In the Drama unit, you will take on a variety of client-driven assignments, and experience something of the demanding deadline-driven culture you will be entering.

Term 3

You will ramp up your craft skills to a professional level in the Fine Cut unit as you tackle ‘difficult footage’, work with musical scores, and experiment with the poetic techniques of montage. Running in tandem, Portfolio is a unit driven by you where you will edit a professional body of live commission: this is your calling card for industry.

Difference between MFA and MA

All students follow exactly the same programme with one key difference:  In the Portfolio Unit, those students choosing the MA will deliver a 2000 word essay plus one substantial piece of edited work.

Entry requirements


First or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent non-UK qualifications) in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional qualification in a related subject area. This course is particularly suited to media graduates (Film, TV, Journalism, Creative Writing, Visual Arts) wishing to transition to a craft specialism.


In order to be eligible for a course, you will need to be a competent speaker and writer of English. This also applies if you are from the European Union, or if you're from a country outside the EU. You need to provide us with an IELTS or equivalent English language qualification demonstrating a minimum of 5.5 or CEFR Level B2 in each component.

If you are applying as a Tier 4 student, please read the English Language requirements or contact for more detailed information.

More information on entry requirements per country.

Selection criteria

We welcome suitably qualified applicants who are able to demonstrate a good level of editing skills and ongoing practice.

To get a holistic view of your ability and aptitude to succeed on the course we will also consider your enthusiasm and interest in the subject area, how you manage the creative process, distance learning, and your study and professional skills.

You should be able to demonstrate a passion for editing. Candidates selected for an interview will be expected to submit a showreel (1 to 2 minutes) of edited work.


  • £9,500


  • Full payment of annual tuition fee by 1 August in the year of entry: 5.0%
  • Students with an undergraduate qualification achieved at Ravensbourne: 7.5%

The above discounts may be combined 

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