George Mason University
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George Mason University

Film and Video Studies, BA

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Video Studies offers students the technical skills necessary to tell dynamic visual stories while providing a broad understanding of the business, ethics, and theoretical foundations of filmmaking in our rapidly changing industry. The degree includes concentrations in production with emphasis on directing and producing, production and post-production, and screenwriting. Students gain professional experience as they learn by doing: by working on student film sets, training in media internships, producing through regional freelance opportunities, or in productions through the Office of Student Media. We train filmmakers to leave the program as professionals in their field.

For complete information on program requirements and policies, please see the University Catalog.


Film and Video Studies majors work with accomplished faculty who are working filmmakers and film theorists. Students have opportunities to meet and learn from visiting filmmakers who screen internationally celebrated films, and a supportive advisory board of seasoned professionals. Film and Video Studies students have gained hands-on-experience with professionals in the field at over 100 internship sites—from working with casting agents, to assisting at top PR firms, to recording practice and training sessions for the Washington NFL Football team, to producing content for various broadcast networks.

As an intimate program, Film and Video Studies students immediately gain access to the tools they need to make films. FAVS facilities include a Black Box theater space where students can build a film set, a Mac computing work space with stations that include Adobe Creative Suite, Final Draft, Movie Magic, and Final Cut Pro, and a range of high quality digital video cameras and professional industry standard sound and lighting equipment for location and studio-based productions. Equipment is available to students as they enter the program in FAVS Equipment Checkout and the STAR Lab.

Concentrations within the Film and Video Studies, BA include:

  • Producing and Directing
  • Screenwriting
  • Production and Post-Production
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