FAVS students from FAVS 331: Cinematography and FAVS 311: Producing on the set of JAVA. (Photo by Dixie D. Vereen)
FAVS students from FAVS 331: Cinematography and FAVS 311: Producing on the set of JAVA. (Photo by Dixie D. Vereen)

Undergraduate Program

The Film and Video Studies Program offers a 120-credit multidisciplinary BA degree, which spans many units including Art and Visual Technology, Communication, Computer Game Design, English, History and Art History, Modern and Classical Languages, Integrative Studies, and Theater.

Students study film and video production, film theory and criticism, emerging technologies in film, ethics, screenwriting, and business practices in the film industry. The BA degree includes practicum courses; history, analysis, and theory courses; and courses within areas of the following concentrations: producing and directing, production and post production, or screenwriting.

In addition, all students must complete a minor*, double-major, or demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency in one foreign language.

The vocabulary of film (broadly defined) pervades the intellectual, cultural, political, and social landscape. The craft of film-making includes fictional storytelling through genre, documentary and nonfiction, collaborative production with community organizations, the application of academic research, engagement with sound theory and design, and personal and poetic expression. Emerging technologies and mobile viewing change both the means of production and reception. This combination of factors makes film an important area for academic inquiry and professional and artistic training.

Scholarships

Film and Video Studies awards scholarships annually to current students to support their education and film projects. Scholarship support is provided by fundraising efforts including contributions and ticket sales to the annual events, OFF THE WALL and ARTS BY GEORGE. You can donate here to fund FAVS scholarships.

Course Offerings

Courses that can apply toward the degree is dependent on several different departments and their availability. New courses are being reviewed and added every semester. Refer to this updated list when creating your schedule for the upcoming semester.

 *There is no minor in Film and Video Studies. FAVS majors may pursue a minor in Film and Media Studies, offered through the Department of English. FAVS majors pursuing a FAMS minor are not allowed to apply production courses toward that minor. For more information visit fams.gmu.edu. For a complete listing of Minors, visit the Minors at Mason page.

Curriculum

The below information is for the 2017-18 catalog year. To review requirements for your specific catalog year, visit the catalog or contact the FAVS Academic Advisor.

Sample [Four-Year Plan] & [Two-Year Plan] Templates are available for incoming freshmen and transfer students.

History, Analysis, and Theory (AHT)
Take 3 credits of approved courses in this area from possible options in the Mason Catalog.

Check each semester in Course Offerings for approved courses.

Other courses as approved by Program Director
Diversity of Perspectives (DoP)
Take 3 credits of approved courses in this area from possible options in the Mason Catalog.

Check each semester in Course Offerings for approved courses.

Other courses as approved by Program Director
Concentrations

Film and Video Studies majors are required to declare one concentration by the end of their 2nd semester (SCWR) or 4th semester (PROD/PROP) in the program.

*Production and Post Production (PROP)
Total: 27 - 28 credits

FAVS 260 - Video Editing for Film

FAVS 331 - Cinematography

FAVS 333 - Sound Editing and Recording

FAVS 497 - Senior Film Practicum (Cinematography or Video/Sound Editing)

Fundamental Electives (6-7 credits): Choose 2 courses.
Check each semester in Course Offerings for approved courses. Other courses as approved by Program Director
  • AVT 252 - Fundamentals of Photography
  • AVT 354 - Digital Photo Techniques
  • AVT 356 - Photo Studio Techniques
  • AVT 374 - Sound Art I
  • AVT 411 - Motion Design
  • COMM 358 - Multi-Camera Studio Production
  • COMM 364 - Videography
  • COMM 366 - Visual Communication
  • COMM 397 - Special Topics in Production
  • FAVS 311 - Producing I
  • FAVS 356 - Film Marketing
  • FAVS 357 - New Media and Film Distribution
  • FAVS 460 - Advanced Video Editing
  • GAME 250 - Music for Film and Video
  • THR 230 - Fundamentals of Production
Authoring Electives (3 credits): Choose 1 course. 
Check each semester in Course Offerings for approved courses. Other courses as approved by Program Director
  • AVT 376 - Live Movies
  • AVT 390 - Video Art
  • AVT 457 - Documentary Photography
  • FAVS 365 - Documentary Filmmaking
  • FAVS 375 - Fiction Film Directing
  • FAVS 378 - Web Series
Advanced Skills Electives (6 credits): Choose 2 courses.
Check each semester in Course Offerings for approved courses. Other courses as approved by Program Director
  • AVT 382 - 2D Experimental Animation
  • AVT 383 - 3D Experimental Animation
  • AVT 411 - Motion Design
  • COMM 358 - Multi-Camera Studio Production
  • FAVS 460 - Advanced Video Editing
  • FAVS 483 - Feature-Length Scriptwriting
  • THR 334 - Lighting Design
  • THR 336 - Technical Direction
  • THR 434 - Advanced Lighting Design