Apply to Film and Video Studies

Majoring in Film is a 2-step process.

  1. Applicants apply to George Mason through the Common Application or visit for more information. You do not need to wait to get a response from Admissions before moving to step 2.
    For current Mason students, see step 2.
  2. 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.



Film at Mason awards scholarships annually to incoming and current Film majors.

See more information on the Film at Mason Scholarship page.

New Students

Students must apply to George Mason University and submit their portfolio to SlideRoom by the deadline. If you'd like to meet with an advisor, sit in on a class, and take a tour of our facilities, please email the Film program for more information.

Change or Double Major

Current Mason students must submit their portfolio to SlideRoom by the deadline. Have questions about the major or the portfolio? You may email the Film program or make an appointment to discuss a change/double major.

Arts LLC

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

Space in the Arts LLC is limited, and resident selection is competitive. LLC housing requests are in high-demand. Applications received early in the process are more likely to be granted housing preference.

Submission Process

Submit your information and materials (see Portfolio Requirements below) through SlideRoom.

We will provide a portfolio result by email within 1 month after the deadline.

If you have questions or concerns about the process or requirements, please email


Application Deadlines

Incoming Freshman

Spring 2019: Oct 15, 2018
Early Action F19: Nov 15, 2018
Regular Fall 2019: Jan 31, 2019

Incoming Transfers

Spring 2019: October 15, 2018
Fall 2019: March 15, 2019

Current Mason Students

Spring 2019: October 15, 2018
Fall 2019: March 15, 2019

Portfolio Requirements

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.

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.

Mission Statement

Film at Mason is a community of cinematic storytellers that fosters creativity, analysis, and diverse perspectives, professional practice and socially conscious filmmaking.