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The Arts Living Learning Community (LLC) is a unique residential opportunity for freshmen majoring in the visual and performing arts.

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.

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Information Session

Interested in learning more about Film at Mason? Watch a previous information session for prospective students.

How to Apply

Step One


Incoming Freshmen and Transfers: 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.

Current Mason students: Skip Step One

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 Deadlines


Incoming Freshmen

  • Spring 2021: October 1, 2020
  • Early Action Fall 2021: November 1, 2020
  • Regular Fall 2021: Feb 1, 2021

Incoming Transfers

  • Spring 2021: October 1, 2020
  • Fall 2021: March 1, 2021

Current Mason Students

  • Change your major for Spring 2021: October 1, 2020
  • Change your major for Fall 2021: March 1, 2021
Students work with an underwater cinematographer to capture a scene in the Mason Film Lab. Photo: William Dickson
Students work with an underwater cinematographer to capture a scene in the Mason Film Lab. Photo: William Dickson