The Film and Video Studies 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 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 Editing/Sound)
  • 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

Major GPA

All Film and Video Studies undergraduate students must earn a minimum grade of C in all courses in their major.

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 311Producing I3
FAVS 352Ethics of Film and Video (Mason Core)3
or COMM 454 Free Speech and Ethics (Mason Core)
FAVS 400Career Development Seminar3
FAVS 450Internship in Film and Video Studies3
Analysis, History, Theory
Choose one course from the following:3
Cyberpunk
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
Special Topics in Film and Video Studies 1
Topics in U.S. History 1
Topics in Film and History
American Landscapes in Fiction, Film, and History (Mason Core)
Music in Motion Pictures (Mason Core)
Great Film Directors (Mason Core)
Great Film Performances (Mason Core)
Other courses as approved by Program Director
Diversity of Perspectives
Choose one course from the following:3
Topics in Arabic Cultural Production
Gender, Race, and Class in the Media
Special Topics in Communication 1
Introduction to Cultural Studies 1
Popular Culture
Global Voices (Mason Core) 1
Cultural Constructions of Sexualities
Global Horror Film (Mason Core)
Special Topics in Film and Video Studies 1
French and Francophone Cinema
Topics in World Cinema (Mason Core)
Postwar Japan (Mason Core)
Gender Representation in Popular Culture (Mason Core)
Japanese Cinema
Current Issues in Women and Gender Studies 1
Current Topics in Women and Gender Studies 1
Other courses as approved by Program Director
Concentration
Select one of the following concentrations:30
Directing
Producing
Production and Post-Production
Screenwriting
Total Credits66
1

Must be approved by Program Director.

2

May not be used to fulfill Mason Core.

Concentration in Directing (DIR)

Fundamental Courses
FAVS 260Video Editing for Film3
FAVS 331Cinematography3
FAVS 333Sound Editing and Recording3
Fundamental Electives
Select one course from the following:3
2D Experimental Animation
3D Experimental Animation
Film Marketing
TV Writing
Advanced Video Editing
Feature-Length Scriptwriting
Music in Motion Pictures (Mason Core)
Acting I (Mason Core)
Other courses as approved by Program Director
Authoring Courses
FAVS 365Documentary Filmmaking3
FAVS 375Fiction Film Directing3
Authoring Electives
Choose two courses from the following:6
Video Art
Documentary Photography
Film Lab
Interactive Storytelling for Social Change
Web Series
Special Topics in Film and Video Studies 1
Advanced Fiction Directing
Directing
Advanced Studies in Directing
Other courses as approved by Program Director
Required Core
FAVS 498Development for Senior Project3
FAVS 499Senior Project (Mason Core)3
Total Credits30
1

Must be approved by Program Director.

 Concentration in Producing (PRD)

Fundamental Courses
FAVS 260Video Editing for Film3
FAVS 356Film Marketing3
FAVS 380TV Writing3
Fundamental Electives
Select two courses from the following:6
Introduction to Grant Writing
Legal Environment of Business
Foundations of Intercultural Communication (Mason Core)
Introduction to Public Relations
Mass Communication and Public Policy
Media Management
Mass Communication Advertising and Promotions
Persuasion
Digital Communication
Cinematography
Ethics and Leadership
Women and Leadership
Principles of Fund Raising
Leadership in a Changing Environment
Managing People and Organizations in a Global Economy
Entrepreneurship: Starting and Managing a New Enterprise
Introduction to International Business (Mason Core)
Other courses as approved by Program Director
Authoring Courses
FAVS 312Film Lab3
FAVS 375Fiction Film Directing3
Authoring Electives
Choose one course from the following:3
Documentary Filmmaking
Interactive Storytelling for Social Change
Web Series
Special Topics in Film and Video Studies 1
Advanced Fiction Directing
Other courses as approved by Program Director
Required Core
FAVS 498Development for Senior Project3
FAVS 499Senior Project (Mason Core)3
Total Credits30
1

Must be approved by Program Director.

Concentration in Production and Post Production (PROP)

Fundamental Courses
FAVS 260Video Editing for Film3
FAVS 331Cinematography3
FAVS 333Sound Editing and Recording3
Fundamental Electives
Choose four courses from the following:12
Introduction to the Visual Arts (Mason Core)
Symbols and Stories in Art (Mason Core)
History of Western Art I (Mason Core)
History of Western Art II (Mason Core)
Survey of Asian Art (Mason Core)
Survey of Latin American Art (Mason Core)
Survey of African Art (Mason Core)
Darkroom Photography I (Mason Core)
Digital Photography I (Mason Core)
Graphic Design Methods and Principles
Mixed Media
Digital Photography II
Photo Studio Techniques
Sound Art I
2D Experimental Animation
3D Experimental Animation
Video Art
Motion Design
Advanced Studio Lighting
Sound Art II
Multi-Camera Studio Production
Videography
Visual Communication
Special Topics in Production 1
Special Topics in Film and Video Studies 1
Computer Animation for Games
Music for Film and Video
Advanced Game Design Animation
Music in Motion Pictures (Mason Core)
Recording Techniques
Topics in Music Technology 1
Fundamentals of Production (Mason Core)
Event Technical Production
Lighting Stagecraft
Sound Engineering
Scenic Design
Lighting Design
Sound Design
Principles of Design
Makeup Design
Costume Technology
Advanced Sound Engineering
Advanced Lighting Design
Other courses as approved by Program Director
Authoring Electives
Choose one course from the following:3
Video Art
Documentary Photography
Film Lab
Documentary Filmmaking
Fiction Film Directing
Interactive Storytelling for Social Change
Web Series
TV Writing
Feature-Length Scriptwriting
Special Topics in Film and Video Studies 1
Other courses as approved by Program Director
Advanced Skills Electives
Choose one course from the following:3
Advanced Cinematography
Advanced Video Editing
Other courses as approved by Program Director
Required Core
FAVS 497Senior Film Practicum (Mason Core)3
Total Credits30
1

Must be approved by Program Director.

Concentration in Screenwriting (SCWR)

Courses
ENGH 396Introduction to Creative Writing (Mason Core)3
FAVS 380TV Writing3
FAVS 483Feature-Length Scriptwriting3
Elective Course in English
Select one course from the following:3
Digital Creative Writing
Editing for Audience, Style, and Voice
Fiction Writing
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop
Advanced Workshop in Nonfiction
Topics in Creative Writing
Or other courses as approved by Program Director
Elective Course in Computer Game Design or Communication
Choose one course from the following:3
Writing across the Media
Special Topics in Production
Special Topics in Communication
RS: Story Design for Computer Games 1
Special Topics 1
Or other courses as approved by Program Director
Elective Course in Film and Video Studies
Choose two courses from the following:6
Video Editing for Film
Film Lab
Documentary Filmmaking
Fiction Film Directing
Interactive Storytelling for Social Change
Web Series
Special Topics in Film and Video Studies 1
Or other courses as approved by Program Director
Elective Courses in Theater
Choose two courses from the following:6
Playwriting I
Playwriting II
Advanced Playwriting
Advanced Screenplay Workshop
Translation Adaptation for Stage Screen
Or other courses as approved by Program Director
Required Core
FAVS 496Advanced Visual Storytelling (Mason Core)3
Total Credits30
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 (15-21 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.17
Total Credits17