Why Film at Mason?
George Mason University’s Film and Video Studies program is the first multidisciplinary undergraduate degree in filmmaking in Virginia. With 200 students, we offer a B.A.in Film and Video Studies with concentrations in Directing, Producing, Production (Cinematography), Post-Production (Editing and Sound), and Screenwriting. Each concentration includes a business course, ethics course and capstone experience where students are mentored by faculty on original projects in their senior year that prepare them for work as professional media makers. Film at Mason is driven by an independent film spirit. Faculty are keen to increase self-reflexivity and cross-cultural understanding in our students. We inspire students to work collaboratively and explore a variety of filmmaking styles and techniques. Creative solutions and original thinking are paramount.
Film at Mason faculty are working professionals, award-winning independent filmmakers, award-winning educators, and published scholars. Their films have been exhibited worldwide at juried festivals, on public television and cable networks. As cinematographers, editors, and producers-for-hire, our faculty and adjuncts faculty work with the best in the industry on theatrical films, documentaries for broadcast, commercials, music videos and scripted television. Housed in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Film and Video Studies is a collaborative program which also includes courses taught by professionals in Theater, Visual Arts, Communication, English, Film and Media Studies, among others. Film students learn from professionals making work now, which informs their own development as visual storytellers. By studying film history, theory and ethics from nationally recognized film critics and scholars, students learn to see moving images in new ways while honing their skills in written expression and criticism of film form. Production and editing facilities include a Black Box theater space where students can build a film set for a junior or senior level production, a post-production work space with stations that include Final Cut Pro and the Adobe Creative Suite, and a range of cameras, sound and lighting equipment for location and studio-based productions. George Mason University STAR Lab in the Johnson Center includes a three-camera studio with lighting grid, green screen, and digital switching system solely for student use. The STAR Lab also has equipment checkout, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Suite and Avid editing stations for students.
The Film at Mason program has relationships with regional production and post-production houses, equipment rental facilities, film festivals, cable networks, casting agencies, television studios, professional media production organizations, professional sports teams, and companies large and small that we partner with in various capacities. We facilitate student exhibitions at regional film festivals. Our students have completed professionalizing internships at over 200 sites in the DC/ Virginia/ Maryland area. Film at Mason graduates find employment after graduation - doing work in media production or starting their own film companies using business skills learned in the program.
Film students participate in a wide-variety of professionalizing experiences including the Mason Film Lab, where each semester Film students collaborate with an experienced director to produce a short film on location. Student organizations enrich the Film at Mason experience and include Delta Kappa Alpha Iota Chapter – the Professional Cinematic Arts Fraternity, Mason Cable Network - a student-operated run television network, Fourth Estate – the student run newspaper that includes a video channel with student-produced content, among many other organizations. Film at Mason staff support students through personalized academic advising, program communication, production of our three annual student film events: the three day Mason Film Festival, Film at Mason Fall Showcase, and the annual Best of Film at Mason. Our Film Advisory Board of film supporters and professionals advise students on their senior projects, mentor graduates on career development, and support the Film Scholarship and Pitch Awards – monetary awards recognizing Film at Mason student achievement.