George Mason University's program in Film and Video Studies (FAVS) is the first multidisciplinary undergraduate degree in Virginia focusing on production, film theory and history, and related media forms, with core courses in ethics, business, writing for the moving image, documentary and web media. The degree is housed in the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) and includes courses taught by faculty and working professionals from disciplines including Theater, Visual Arts, Communication, English, Film and Media Studies, Chinese Studies, History, and others. We offer three concentrations: Directing and Producing, Production/Post-Production, and Screenwriting. Each concentration includes a capstone experience wherein students are professionalized and mentored by faculty on original projects in their senior year. 

Admissions

All students are admitted to the Film and Video Studies (FAVS) program of study separately from their admission to the university and only by portfolio review.

Policies

For policies governing all undergraduate degrees, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies. See College of Visual and Performing Arts for policies specific to the college.

Banner Code: AR-BA-FAVS

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 120

Students must earn a minimum grade of C in all core and required FAVS courses.

Mason Core

FAVS majors may not double-count Literature and Art courses toward both the FAVS major and Mason Core requirements. The synthesis requirement is part of the FAVS core requirements.

Foundation Requirements
Oral Communication3
Information Technology3
Quantitative Reasoning3
ENGH 101Composition (Mason Core) 13
ENGH 302Advanced Composition (Mason Core) 13
Core Requirements
Literature3
Arts3
Natural Science 27
Western Civilization/World History3
Global Understanding3
Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Total Credits37
1

Nonnative speakers of English with limited proficiency in the language may substitute ENGH 100 Composition for Multilingual Writers (Mason Core) for ENGH 101 Composition (Mason Core). Students must attain a minimum grade of C in ENGH 100 Composition for Multilingual Writers (Mason Core) or ENGH 101 Composition (Mason Core), as well as ENGH 302 Advanced Composition (Mason Core), to fulfill degree requirements.

2

including one laboratory science

Major

Film and Video Studies Core Requirements
AVT 204Visual Thinking3
ENGH 373Film and Video Forms3
FAVS 225The History of World Cinema (Mason Core)3
FAVS 250Business of Film and Video3
FAVS 255Video Production for Film3
FAVS 280Writing for the Moving Image3
FAVS 352Ethics of Film and Video (Mason Core)3
or COMM 454 Free Speech and Ethics (Mason Core)
FAVS 450Internship in Film and Video Studies3
Analysis, History, Theory
Choose one course from the following:3
Cyberpunk
Contemporary Chinese Film
Gender, Race, and Class in the Media
Media Criticism
Special Topics in Communication 1
Popular Culture
Introduction to Documentary (Mason Core)
Television Studies (Mason Core)
Introduction to Film (Mason Core)
RS: Topics in Film/Media History (Mason Core)
Topics in Film/Media Theory
Topics in Film/Media Studies
Global Horror Film (Mason Core)
Special Topics in Film and Video Studies 1
French and Francophone Cinema
Topics in U.S. History 1
Topics in Film and History
Japanese Cinema
Music in Motion Pictures (Mason Core)
Gender Representation in Popular Culture
Topics in (Post) Soviet Film
Current Issues in Women and Gender Studies
Other courses as approved by Program Director
Diversity of Perspectives
Choose one course from the following:3
Gender, Race, and Class in the Media
Special Topics in Communication 1
Texts and Contexts (Mason Core) 1,2
Introduction to Cultural Studies 1
Popular Culture
Global Voices (Mason Core) 1
Cultural Constructions of Sexualities
Special Topics in Film and Video Studies 1
Gender Representation in Popular Culture
Current Issues in Women and Gender Studies 1
Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, and Queer Studies 1
Other courses as approved by Program Director
Concentration
Select one of the following concentrations:24-28
Producing and Directing
Production and Post-Production
Screenwriting
Total Credits54-58
1

Must be approved by Program Director.

2

May not be used to fulfill Mason Core.

Concentration in Producing and Directing (PROD)

Courses
FAVS 260Video Editing for Film3
or COMM 360 Digital Postproduction
FAVS 331Cinematography3
FAVS 333Sound Editing and Recording3
FAVS 498Creative Producing and Development3
FAVS 499Senior Project (Mason Core)3
Fundamental Electives
Select two courses (6-7 credits) from the following:6-7
Darkroom Photography I (Mason Core)
Digital Photography II
Photo Studio Techniques
Sound Art I
Motion Design
Multi-Camera Studio Production
Videography
Visual Communication
Special Topics in Production 1
Producing I
Film Marketing
New Media and Film Distribution
Advanced Video Editing
Music for Film and Video
Fundamentals of Production (Mason Core)
Other courses as approved by Program Director
Authoring Electives
Choose two courses from the following:6
Live Movies
Video Art
Documentary Photography
Documentary Filmmaking
Fiction Film Directing
Web Series
Other courses as approved by Program Director
Total Credits27-28
1

Must be approved by Program Director.

Concentration in Production and Post Production (PROP)

Courses
FAVS 260Video Editing for Film3
or COMM 360 Digital Postproduction
FAVS 331Cinematography3
FAVS 333Sound Editing and Recording3
FAVS 497Senior Film Practicum (Mason Core)3
Fundamental Electives
Choose two courses from the following:6-7
Darkroom Photography I (Mason Core)
Digital Photography II
Photo Studio Techniques
Sound Art I
Motion Design
Multi-Camera Studio Production
Videography
Visual Communication
Special Topics in Production 1
Producing I
Film Marketing
New Media and Film Distribution
Advanced Video Editing
Music for Film and Video
Fundamentals of Production (Mason Core)
Other courses as approved by Program Director
Authoring Electives
Choose one course from the following:3
Live Movies
Video Art
Documentary Photography
Documentary Filmmaking
Fiction Film Directing
Web Series
Other courses as approved by Program Director
Advanced Skills Electives
Choose two courses from the following:6
2D Experimental Animation
3D Experimental Animation
Motion Design
Multi-Camera Studio Production
Advanced Video Editing
Feature-Length Scriptwriting
Lighting Design
Technical Direction
Advanced Lighting Design
Other courses as approved by Program Director
Total Credits27-28
1

Must be approved by Program Director.

Concentration in Screenwriting (SCWR)

Courses
ENGH 396Introduction to Creative Writing (Mason Core)3
ENGH 399Creative Nonfiction Writing3
FAVS 470Film and Video Screenwriting3
or THR 482 Advanced Screenplay Workshop
FAVS 483Feature-Length Scriptwriting3
FAVS 496Advanced Visual Storytelling (Mason Core)3
GAME 332RS: Story Design for Computer Games3
Screenwriting Electives
Choose two courses from the following:6
Writing across the Media
Special Topics in Production
Digital Creative Writing
Editing for Audience, Style, and Voice
Fiction Writing
Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop
Topics in Creative Writing
Web Series
Special Topics in Film and Video Studies 1
Special Topics 1
Playwriting I
Playwriting II
Advanced Playwriting
Or other courses as approved by Program Director
Total Credits24
1

Must be approved by Program Director.

General Electives

Students must use general electives to complete a minor, a double major or double degree outside their primary major field of study (15-20 credits) or demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency in one foreign language (0-9 credits). After fulfilling one of these options, the remaining general electives may be taken inside or outside of the department.25-29
Total Credits25-29