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 BA degree is the first multidisciplinary undergraduate degree in Virginia focusing on cinematic arts production and film theory and history with core courses in ethics, business, writing for the moving image, fiction, documentary and web series.

Students take most of their courses in Film and Video Studies with additional coursework in Film and Media Studies, Art, Communication, Computer Game Design, Music, Theater, and many other departments. Students engage with emerging technologies alongside entrepreneurship and industry standards to prepare for our vibrant, ever-changing field. Screening events, guest lectures, pitching competitions, and location production-work provide experiential learning.

Students complete courses in the FAVS Core. To fine-tune their craft, students select advanced courses of study from four concentrations:

  • Directing
  • Producing
  • Production/Post-Production (Cinematography or Video/Sound Editing)
  • Screenwriting.

Each concentration includes a capstone experience wherein students are professionalized and mentored by faculty on original projects in their senior year.

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

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 2018-19 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.

Students must earn a minimum grade of C in all major courses.

No Film and Video Studies course that is required for the major may be unsuccessfully attempted more than three times. A grade lower than a C constitutes an unsuccessful attempt in any given course. Those students who do not successfully complete such a course within three attempts will be terminated from the major.

Core Courses
AVT 204 - Visual Thinking

FAVS 225 - The History of World Cinema

FAVS 250 - Business of Film and Video

FAVS 255 - Video Production for Film

FAVS 280 - Writing for the Moving Image

FAVS 311 - Producing

ENGH 373 - Film and Video Forms

FAVS 352 - Ethics of Film and Video (also satisfies the university Mason Core synthesis requirement)

FAVS 450 - Internship in Film and Video Studies – see the FAVS Internship Guide to enroll in FAVS 450

FAVS 400 - Career Development Seminar
Concentrations

Film and Video Studies majors are required to declare one concentration by the end of their 2nd semester in the program.

*Directing
Total: 30 credits

FAVS 260 - Video Editing for Film
FAVS 331 - Cinematography
FAVS 333 - Sound Editing and Recording

Fundamental Electives (6-7 credits): Choose 2 courses.
Check each semester in Course Offerings for approved courses. Other courses as approved by Program Director. Authoring Courses (6 credits) Authoring Electives (6 credits): Choose 2 courses. 
Check each semester in Course Offerings for approved courses. Other courses as approved by Program Director Required Core (6 credits)
*Producing
Total: 30 credits

FAVS 260 - Video Editing for Film
FAVS 356 - Film Marketing
FAVS 380 - TV Writing

Fundamental Electives (6-7 credits): Choose 2 courses.
Check each semester in Course Offerings for approved courses. Other courses as approved by Program Director. Authoring Courses (6 credits): Authoring Electives (3 credits): Choose 1 course. 
Check each semester in Course Offerings for approved courses. Other courses as approved by Program Director Required Core (6 credits)
*Production and Post Production (PROP)
Total: 30 credits

FAVS 260 - Video Editing for Film
FAVS 331 - Cinematography
FAVS 333 - Sound Editing and Recording

Fundamental Electives (6-7 credits): Choose 2 courses.
Check each semester in Course Offerings for approved courses. Other courses as approved by Program Director Authoring Elective (3 credits): Choose 1 course. 
Check each semester in Course Offerings for approved courses. Other courses as approved by Program Director Advanced Skills Course (3 credits): Choose 1 course, based on concentration. Required Core (3 credits)
*Screenwriting (SCWR)
Total: 30 credits

ENGH 396 - Introduction to Creative Writing
FAVS 380 - TV Writing
FAVS 483 - Feature-Length Scriptwriting

Elective in English (3 credits): Choose 1 course. Elective in Computer Game Design or Communication (3 credits): Choose 1 course. Elective in Film and Video Studies (6 credits): Choose 2 courses.
Check each semester in Course Offerings for approved courses. Other courses as approved by Program Director Elective in Theater (3 credits): Choose 1 course. Required Core (3 credits)