George Mason University
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George Mason University


The College of Visual and Performing Arts embraces a vibrant community of artists actively learning, teaching, practicing and creating a wide variety of art forms. Through our seven academic programs, two performing arts centers, and a community arts school, we educate the artists of tomorrow and inspire people of all ages to engage in the arts as creators, consumers, and citizens.

Dean's Welcome

Rick Davis, Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, shares a welcome message and a glance around the College.

Our Mission

The College of Visual and Performing Arts is dedicated to advancing the study, creation, performance, and exhibition of the arts, acting on a strong belief in their transformative influence on individuals and societies. The College honors the values of great traditions in the arts while actively engaging in the creation of new works and ideas. This distinctive fusion of the academic and the professional, the campus and the community, the past and the present, defines the college as it engages new art forms, communities, and ways of working to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world.

Schools & Programs