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Film and Video Studies

Creative solutions and original thinking drive the Film and Video Studies Program, which encourages students to work collaboratively and be open to exploring a variety of filmmaking styles. Students learn the technical skills needed to tell stories of significance, and leave as professionals, having worked on a real set at Mason or at a local production company.

Top Facilities, Tools, Filmmakers as Faculty

Film and Video Studies students have access to  modern equipment.

Students have access to modern equipment.

Our students learn from award-winning, working filmmakers and scholars at the forefront of independent filmmaking and popular film criticism while working in similar spaces and with the same equipment as professional filmmakers

  • Step into the Black Box theater space where students can build a film set for a junior- or senior-level production.
  • The post-production work space has Final Cut Pro and the Adobe Creative Suite.
  • A wide range of cameras, sound and lighting equipment for location and studio-based productions is available. Star Lab includes a three-camera studio with lighting grid, green screen, and digital switching system, as well as equipment checkout. Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Suite and Avid are available at editing stations.
  • Can't find what you need on campus? The Film and Video Studies program has relationships with regional production and post-production houses, equipment rental facilities, film festivals, cable networks, casting agencies, television studios, professional media production organizations, and professional sports teams.

Working It Out

There's nothing like real-world experience to prepare you for the real world. Film and Video Studies students have completed internships at almost 200 sites in Virginia, D.C., Maryland, as well as New York and Los Angeles. Among  sites where Mason students have worked as interns:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • PR Collaborative
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Samuel Goldwyn in Los Angeles
  • Betsy Royall Casting
  • Hashtag Studios
  • The Discovery Channel
  • National Geographic
  • NBC-Channel 4
  • WAMU (NPR station)
  • WETA (PBS Arlington)
  • The Daily Show with John Stewart
  • Dystopia Media Studios
  • Washington's NFL football team
  • Voice of America
  • Spark PR
  • Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
  • WTTF (Fox)
  • Environmental Film Festival
  • Comcast
  • DC Shorts Film Festival
  • National Wildlife Federation.
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