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Film and Video Studies Admissions

You will learn about the creation, production and post-production of fiction, documentary and experimental styles of film and video and its parallel forms, including television, transmedia, mobile and web media, through the Interdisciplinary Bachelors of Arts degree.

Film and Video Students

Photo: Maurice C. Jones. FAVS students are immersed immediately in their craft and given opportunities to explore their creativity through fiction, documentary and experimental styles of film and video.

In preparation for a wide range of careers in the film industry, majors take courses in Film and Media Studies, English, Communication, Theater, Game Design, Art, and other subjects. Film and Video Studies students are invited to leverage the extraordinary connections, alumni network, and arts partnerships to both complete the required internship and gain real-world experience.

Open House

Please see our Undergraduate Open House page for current information on Open House dates.

Application to Film and Video Studies is a two-step process.

Step One: Apply to George Mason through the Common Application or visit for more information. You do not need to wait to get a response from Admissions before moving to step two. For current Mason students, see step two below.

Step Two: To major in Film and Video Studies, you must successfully complete a portfolio review. Please see the complete list of portfolio requirements below, including priority deadlines. If you wish to change your major, we accept portfolios on a rolling basis. Incomplete portfolios will not be considered.

Portfolio Requirements:

Submit your information and materials (see Portfolio Requirements below) through SlideRoom.

We will provide a portfolio result by email within 2 weeks of your submission.

If you have questions or concerns about the process or requirements, please email

Part One:

Write a 500-word essay describing your interest and influences in studying the history and craft of independently produced film and video and related media forms.

Part Two:

Choose and answer ONE of the following:

  • 350-word treatment for an original fiction film.
  • 350-word plan for a documentary film (i.e. a story involving participants and representing real life).
  • 350-word proposal for a television pilot or series.

Examples are available from current/past students.

Part Three:

Provide a creative sample and descriptive statement (25-100 words). Samples can include a short video (via YouTube or Vimeo link), demo reel, photographs, website, animation, drawing, collage, graphic novel or comic book cells, or script. Collaborators and use of copyrighted media must be clearly noted in a descriptive statement. This sample should demonstrate your skills and interests in storytelling (for fiction or nonfiction), and/or production technique, and/or interests in the film business. Provide a password in your email if the link is password-protected.

Application Deadlines

Freshman for Spring 2019: October 15, 2018

Freshmen for Early Action for Fall 2019: November 15, 2018

Freshman Regular for Fall 2019: January 31, 2019

Transfer for Spring 2019: October 15, 2018

Transfer for Fall 2019: March 15, 2019

Current Mason students for Spring 2019: October 15, 2018

Current Mason students for Fall 2019: March 15, 2019

See the Film and Video Studies website for more information: Apply to Film and Video Studies.

FAVS students working at the Mason Film Lab

The Mason Film Lab is an opportunity for FAVS students to gain experience on location, working with a large-scale crew and set.

Contact us

Email us or call us: 703-993-3287. Visit us at College Hall, C100, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, MS 5D8, Fairfax, VA 22030.

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