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Majors

Art and Visual Technology, BA

George Mason University’s School of Art is a collaborative academic and professional community focused on advancing creativity through traditional and new media applied to varying social contexts. The School of Art is founded on the premise that art both reflects and inspires a creative society, improving the human condition while describing the world, both as it is and could be. We focus on the role of artists in that conversation. We encourage students to see art both as an individual expression and public interaction.

Art and Visual Technology, BFA

George Mason University’s School of Art is a collaborative academic and professional community focused on advancing creativity through traditional and new media applied to varying social contexts. The School of Art is founded on the premise that art both reflects and inspires a creative society, improving the human condition while describing the world, both as it is and could be. We focus on the role of artists in that conversation. We encourage students to see art both as an individual expression and public interaction.

Computer Game Design, BFA

Computer game design is one of the hottest degrees around and one of the most innovative. Designed to reflect the gaming industry’s demand for an academically rigorous technical program coupled with an understanding of the artistic and creative elements of the evolving medium, the course work draws from a number of fields of study, including computer science, visual arts, digital arts and computer music.

Dance, BA

The BA degree is a 120-credit general program of dance study within a liberal arts degree framework. The curriculum includes technical training in modern dance and ballet and opportunities to study other dance genres. Students acquire a basic knowledge of dance composition and production. Graduates are active members of the dance community and become advocates for dance.

Dance, BFA

The BFA in Dance is a performance-oriented modern dance program designed to prepare students professionally as performers, choreographers, educators and active leaders in the dance community. Students in this program demonstrate technical mastery and devote their college curriculum to a comprehensive dance curriculum that includes daily intensive training in modern and ballet.

Film and Video Studies, BA

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Video Studies offers students the technical skills necessary to tell dynamic visual stories while providing a broad understanding of the business, ethics, and theoretical foundations of filmmaking in our rapidly changing industry. The degree includes concentrations in production with emphasis on directing and producing, production and post-production, and screenwriting.

Music, BA

Recognized internationally for its innovation, diversity, and entrepreneurial spirit, George Mason University offers a wide array of academic programs, enterprising scholars and teachers, and a student body representing 135 countries and all 50 states. Located in Virginia only minutes from Washington, D.C., Mason provides unparalleled opportunities in research, internships, and work experiences through strong alliances with business, the community, and government.

Music, BM

The Mason School of Music is part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Students study with nationally and internationally recognized faculty who are active performers, conductors, composers, music theoreticians, historians, and music teachers. Admission is based on acceptance to the university and audition. The music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Students pursuing a minor in music must also pass a music audition. Required classes include Introduction to Classical Music, Aural Skills, and Keyboard Skills.

Theater, BA

Entrance into the BA program is by interview and audition or portfolio review. Theater majors earning a BA in Theater may select one of the following concentrations: Performance (Acting and Directing); Design and Technical Theater; Playwriting and Dramaturgy; and Theater Studies; or may choose from among the different concentrations. Majors are expected to participate in Theater at Mason productions and will be required to demonstrate growing proficiency in their chosen concentration prior to the confirmation of the BFA degree. The Theater BA requires a student to minor in another subject.

Theater, BFA

Entrance into the BFA program is by interview and audition or portfolio review.

Minors

Art and Visual Technology, Minor

George Mason University’s School of Art is a collaborative academic and professional community focused on advancing creativity through traditional and new media applied to varying social contexts. The School of Art is founded on the premise that art both reflects and inspires a creative society, improving the human condition while describing the world, both as it is and could be. We focus on the role of artists in that conversation. We encourage students to see art both as an individual expression and public interaction.

Arts Management, Minor

The fields of visual and performing arts offer many career paths that rely on a strong foundation in one or more art forms and require specific knowledge and skills in administration and management.  The minor in arts management is open to all CVPA majors as well as art history majors, and to all other students upon completion of nine credits of arts-related course work.

Find degree requirements in the university catalog.

Arts and Social Change, Minor

The Arts and Social Change minor leverages artistic and creative practice in an array of academic and social contexts. The goal is to infuse these practices into territories outside the traditional art world through research, participatory experimentation and documentary aesthetic aspects of social practice. With a focus on creative research and project production students experience direct engagement with communities while developing skills toward fostering positive change in communities via the arts.

Audio Production Minor

Students receive training to work behind the scenes in productions. Requirements for this minor include classes such as Music and Technology as well as Sound Engineering.

Computer Game Design, Minor

Computer game design is one of the hottest degrees around and one of the most innovative. Designed to reflect the gaming industry’s demand for an academically rigorous technical program coupled with an understanding of the artistic and creative elements of the evolving medium, the course work draws from a number of fields of study, including computer science, visual arts, digital arts and computer music.

Dance Appreciation Minor

The minor (21 credits) is a general program of study designed for those students who are just discovering the joy of dance as well as those who have studied dance for many years. It offers students the opportunity to study ballet and contemporary dance as well as jazz, street dance and a variety of world dance genres. The theory course is combined with an array of stylistic approaches, to place dance in its historical and cultural context.

Ethnomusicology Minor

The minor is designed for those who wish to widen their scope of knowledge about music while deepening their understanding of people around the world. Students gain skills that will serve them in many fields.

Find degree requirements in the university catalog.

Event Technical Production Minor

The 15-credit Event Technical Production Minor provides the opportunity to study special event management and event technologies, design and production for installations and special events.  Students will gain insights into industry standards and practices regarding planning, managing, and executing live events and presentations.  

This minor is offered collaboratively by the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ School of Theater and the College of Education and Human Development’s School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism.  

Graphic Design Minor

Students are trained to combine words and images so that they can use both to form powerful new messages. Using a combination of theoretical projects and real client interaction, students are encouraged to take an expansive view of design’s possibilities as they partner with other artists, writers, and clients, as well as work independently to shape communication. Graphic designers are—first and foremost—artists. Designers receive extensive training in both fine art and publication design techniques.

Jazz Studies Minor

This minor is open to music and non-music majors who wish to explore this American art form. It is open to all instrumentalists and vocalists, including students who perform on instruments not normally associated with jazz. No prior experience in jazz is needed, but candidates must pass a music audition.

Find degree requirements in the university catalog.

Music Technology Minor

This minor is open to those who want to expand their knowledge and skill in this area. Required classes include Fundamentals of Music, Music and Technology, and Recording Techniques.

Music and Wellness Minor

This minor, designed for students with minimal formal musical training, allows students to explore the connection between music and consciousness as well as vibration, mindfulness, and well-being. Admission to the Music and Wellness minor is by interview with the minor coordinator.

Music, Minor

The Mason School of Music is part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Students study with nationally and internationally recognized faculty who are active performers, conductors, composers, music theoreticians, historians, and music teachers. Admission is based on acceptance to the university and audition. The music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Students pursuing a minor in music must also pass a music audition. Required classes include Introduction to Classical Music, Aural Skills, and Keyboard Skills.

Photography Minor

The photography minor provides opportunities for students to develop a personal vision in response to photography’s role in contemporary art and culture. Studio classes emphasize techniques in the production of traditional, digital and experimental imagery. Critical thinking combined with studio/lab experience enhance this comprehensive introduction to the field.

Find degree requirements in the university catalog.

Sport and Computer Game Design, Minor

This minor is offered jointly by the Department of Computer Game Design and College of Education and Human Development, specifically the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism.

Theater Minor

The Minor in Theater does not require audition or interview. Completion of the minor requires 18 credits of Theater courses, 9 of which are prescribed. Required courses include Fundamentals of Production, Acting 2, and Script Analysis. Theater as a minor can enrich a student’s skillset for a variety of career paths. 

Find degree requirements in the university catalog.

Web Design Minor

The minor is offered by the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Art and Visual Technology majors must complete 12 credits unique to the minor.

Find degree requirements in the university catalog.

Undergraduate Certificates

Graphic Design, Undergraduate Certificate

The Graphic Design Undergraduate Certificate is for working adults with a 4-year undergraduate degree from an accredited institution who seek the skills and competency to advance into a career in graphic design. This program focuses on pragmatic problem-solving concepts while emphasizing the design process. Students learn layout, typography and semiotics in a project-based learning environment that asks them to create posters, brochures, publications and identity systems.

Musical Theater, Undergraduate Certificate

Students pursuing a certificate in Musical Theater (Theater concentration) must satisfy all requirements for a BA or BFA in the School of Theater with a concentration in performance. Auditions are required for admission into the Musical Theater Undergraduate Certificate: Theater.

Find degree requirements in the university catalog.

Musical Theater, Undergraduate Certificate

Students pursuing a certificate in Musical Theater (Music concentration) must satisfy all requirements for a BA or BM in the School of Music. Auditions are required for admission into the Musical Theater Undergraduate Certificate: Music. This certificate may be completed under a part or full time basis.

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