Film and Video Studies Admissions

Mason Fairfax campus
Apply for a Scholarship
Apply for a Scholarship

Complete the Film and Video Studies Scholarship Application in early Spring semester.

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Join us at one of our many screenings and events around the year!

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 students with camera
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. Photo: Maurice C. Jones.

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 at Mason is a two-step process

Step One

Incoming Freshmen and Transfers

Apply to Mason through the Common Application, or directly through Mason's online application. You do not need to wait to get a response from Admissions before moving to step two.

Current Mason students: Skip Step One.

Step Two

Submit a digital portfolio via SlideRoom that will be evaluated by our faculty. Your digital portfolio includes one short essay and creative work samples (described in detail below). Incomplete portfolios will not be considered.

Part 1: 

Write an essay (about 500 words) describing your interest in independently produced cinematic arts (television, film, interactive media, etc). Identify your goals in becoming a filmmaker at Mason. Please proofread your work.

Film at Mason is a community that fosters creativity, analysis, diverse perspectives, professional practice, and socially-conscious filmmaking. We are looking for a sense of your individual interests and what you want to say as a storyteller. Please include any films, series, or artworks that inspire you. Experience in filmmaking is not required, but if you have it, please talk about it.

Part 2: 

Submit 1) a sample or samples of your recent (within the past three years) creative work, and 2) a descriptive statement. Your creative sample might demonstrate your voice and vision or reflect your artmaking and learning experiences, including collaborations with others. 

  1. Sample(s):

Provide one or two links to videos, or upload up to 6 still images. These might be short videos, a demo reel, photographs, website screen grabs, animation, drawing, collage, graphic novel excerpts, comic book cells, poetry, or screenplays.

  1. Descriptive Statement (100 words):

Describe your sample and discuss why you’ve chosen to submit this piece. If applicable for collaborative pieces, clarify your creative and technical roles. Credit copyrighted media for which you do not have the rights in the statement or in the credits for video work.

Portfolio Deadlines

Incoming Freshmen

  • Fall Early Action: November 7
  • Fall Regular Decision: February 7
  • Spring: October 1

Incoming Transfers

  • Spring: October 1
  • Fall: March 1

Current Mason Students

  • Change your major for Spring: October 1
  • Change your major for Fall: March 1

Open House

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

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