College of Visual and Performing Arts
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Applying to the Film and Video Studies program is a two-step process. You can be admitted to Mason, but you must also be admitted to the Film and Video Studies program.

How to Apply

Step One


Apply to Mason through the Common Application, or directly through Mason's online application. You do not need to wait to get a response from Admissions before moving to step two.

Step Two


Submit a digital portfolio via SlideRoom that will be evaluated by our faculty. Your digital portfolio includes two short essays and creative work samples (described in detail below). Incomplete portfolios will not be considered.

Part 1: Write a 500 word essay describing your interest and influences in studying the history and craft of independently produced film and video and related media forms.

Part 2: Choose ONE of the following:

  • 350-word treatment for an original fiction film.
  • 350-word plan for a documentary film (i.e. a story involving participants and representing real life).
  • 350-word proposal for a television pilot or series.

Examples are available from current/past students

Part 3: Submit a sample of your creative work and a descriptive statement.

  • Samples: This can be (but not limited to) a short video, demo reel, photographs, website, animation, drawing, collage, graphic novel, comic book cells, poetry, or script.
  • Descriptive Statement (25-100 words):
  • Describe your sample of creative work (e.g. medium, context, etc.). If applicable, include collaborators, your specific role, and use of copyrighted media.

Portfolio Review Deadlines

Incoming Freshman

  • Early Action Fall 2020: November 30, 2019
  • Regular Fall 2020: Feb 15, 2020
  • Spring 2020: October 15, 2019

Incoming Transfers

  • Spring 2020: October 15, 2019
  • Fall 2020: March 15, 2020

Current Mason Students

  • To be eligible to change your major by the spring semester: October 15, 2019
  • To be eligible to change your major by the fall semester: March 15, 2020
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