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Admission FAQs

How do I schedule a visit to tour Film and Video Studies?

Prospective students can email favs@gmu.edu to schedule a visit.


How do I become a FAVS major?

To become a FAVS major, students (1) must be admitted to George Mason University through the Office of Admissions and (2) must pass a portfolio review by the FAVS faculty. For current students, we accept portfolios on a rolling basis.


Do I need to submit a portfolio?

Yes, anyone interested in becoming a FAVS major MUST submit a portfolio to be reviewed by the FAVS faculty. Please visit our Portfolio Requirements page for more information.


Are scholarships available?

Yes, George Mason University, College of Visual and Performing Arts, and FAVS offers multiple scholarship awards annually. Please visit our Scholarship page for more information.


What is the Arts LLC?

The Arts Living Learning Community (LLC) is a unique residential opportunity for freshmen majoring in the visual and performing arts. Students will have many opportunities for artistic engagement with both peers and faculty, in the same spaces they live, eat, and study.


How do I decide what courses to take?

Students are expected to understand their degree evaluation and required courses through meeting with the FAVS Academic Advisor. New incoming students are advised during New Student Orientation. For current Mason students, you can view your degree evaluation on Patriotweb's DegreeWorks.


What about a minor?

All FAVS students must declare either a minor, double major, or demonstrate intermediate level in a foreign language. The FAVS program does not offer a minor. The Department of English offers a minor in Film and Media Studies. For the complete list of minors available at Mason, visit the Minors at Mason page.


What internships are available?

Internship opportunities vary by semester and are the students' responsibility to find. The FAVS Faculty and Staff post internship opportunities on our website, recommend students to local high-profile internships, make connections with our FAVS Advisory Board. We have contact info for over 200 previous internship sites and additional resources to find an internship that fits with your career goals.


Once I graduate, what positions are available?

Mason alums are working in many locations throughout the Washington, D.C. area including National Geographic, Smithsonian, History Channel, many production houses and government agencies. In addition, we have several alums working in the film industry in Hollywood and New York. 

For more information regarding Admissions, please view the following George Mason pages: