Program Overview

Film and Videos Studies (FAVS) at George Mason University engages students in 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 our interdisciplinary Bachelors of Arts degree. Through courses in FAVS, Film and Media Studies, Theater, Game Design, Art, Communication and other departments, we prepare students for our vibrant, multi-disciplinary industry. Students gain a grounding in the history and theory of the moving image, explore the business of media production, evaluate values and ethics of media, and experience diversity of voice in storytelling.

The FAVS B.A. program is grounded by a strong programmatic emphasis in flexible thinking, critical engagement, project management, interpersonal communications, regional storytelling and the written form. FAVS graduates apply their skills on film sets, in corporate environments, or with community organizations with professionalism that is creative, entrepreneurial, and adaptable.

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Support for FAVS Scholarships is made possible from Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies, members of the FAVS Advisory Board, and attendees of Off the Wall and Arts By George, hosted by CVPA at George Mason University. Donations to the FAVS scholarship program can be made here.

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Message from the Director

Giovanna Chesler, MFA

Director, FAVS

 

Dear Students,

 

This year in Film and Video Studies (FAVS) we celebrate how #FilmReveals. Whether this be documenting a critical story that has not been heard, or by exploring the perspective of a character in a fiction film, we celebrate the characteristics of the cinematic form that reveal.

 

Our Bachelor of Arts degree includes concentrations in Production with emphasis on Directing, Producing and Screenwriting. Our Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies trains you for immediate work in the field as a maker, technician and/or teacher. At Mason, we teach you the technical skills needed to tell vital stories while exploring the business of a rapidly changing film industry. While you engage with film and video at Mason, you come to understand your place as a regional storyteller. Our students have worked with over 40 organizations as interns and video producers. (And we welcome suggestions from our community for future projects!)

 

Our faculty are professionals in the field, creative artists at work on fascinating films, and scholars in media. Faculty across campus and working professionals in the Washington, D.C. area comprise an essential part of our instructor base. In the classroom, you work with faculty from Theater, School of Art, Communication, Game Design, English, and Women and Gender Studies. We have a close relationship with Film and Media Studies and their curatorial work and visiting filmmaker programs build into our classroom activities.

 

Our Mason film community includes active student groups who are entrepreneurial and collaborative. These include the Mason Film Festival, Delta Kappa Alpha Cinematic Arts Fraternity, Mason Cable Network, and Fourth Estate. Our Studio A program, now in its 7th season, is a televised film and video studies colloquium and talk show with working filmmakers. Studio A is a collaborative project with GMU-TV and students in our FAVS 100 course.

 

FAVS students leave the program as professionals, having worked on the set of a student production, as an intern at GMU-TV, or local production company. Each of our producing and directing students experiences the public exhibition of their films in our own GMU movie theater in the Johnson Center Cinema. Award winning films often enjoy second and third screenings at our partner film festivals: DC Shorts or Washington West Film Festival or in specially programmed FAVS events like the Fall BEST OF FAVS series. At Mason we train you for today and for tomorrow – so that you find your place in the field when you graduate.

 

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Film and Video Studies Program | College of Visual and Performing Arts | George Mason University

4400 University Drive, MS 3E6 | Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-993-FAVS (3287) | Fax: 703-993-3175 | Email:favs@gmu.edu