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.
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.
Application to Film and Video Studies is a two-step process.
Step One: Apply to George Mason through the Common Application or visit http://admissions.gmu.edu/ 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.
Submit your information and materials (see Portfolio Requirements below) through SlideRoom (a link will added this summer).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
Portfolio Review Deadlines
Freshman for Spring 2018: October 16, 2017
Freshmen for Early Action for Fall 2018: November 15, 2017
Freshman Regular for Fall 2018: January 31, 2018
Transfer for Spring 2018: October 16, 2017
Transfer for Fall 2018: March 15, 2018
See the Film and Video Studies website for more information: Apply to Film and Video Studies.
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