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Arts Living Learning Community

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

“Yes, I would highly recommend this experience. LLCs really help with college transition and getting to know people.” - Freshman, Arts LLC

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Mason students can apply to become a member of a Living Learning Community. These groups of students share common academic goals or interests and live in a designated LLC residence hall.

Through specialized interactive programming, students in the Arts LLC explore innovation and creativity across disciplines. They expand their knowledge of the arts, support each other in creative work, and experience deeper connections between the arts at Mason and the community.

All incoming freshmen majoring in Art and Visual Technology, Computer Game Design, Dance, Film and Video Studies, Music, and Theater are encouraged to apply.

Arts LLC members have direct access to:

  • Experience on-campus music, theater and dance performances, art exhibitions, film screenings, computer game expos
  • Learn from faculty speakers and guest lectures
  • Travel to Washington, D.C.’s many galleries, museums, and performances
  • Work collaboratively with students across the arts

Why live in the Arts Living Learning Community?

96% of LLC participants would recommend LLCs to incoming students (from 2014 and 2015 surveys of LLC participants)

“You meet a truly amazing community of people.” -Freshman, Arts LLC

Requirements

Living Learning Community students must:

  • Live in the LLC residence hall
  • Complete program assessments in the fall and spring
  • Participate in at least one LLC program and activity per month
  • Enroll in the LLC course required for your community

Students accepted to the Arts LLC will be pre-registered in the Fall for one of the following courses, depending on their majors:

  • AVT 101: New Majors Colloquium (one-credit course). Provides a common core experience of the broad range of professional career options open to studio art majors. Lectures address practical concerns, and emphasize social, ethical, and philosophical aspects of visual arts professions.
  • DANC 190: First Year Seminar (zero-credit course). Introduction to School of Dance, CVPA, and university resources available to dance majors. Weekly meetings focus on learning about opportunities for involvement in dance, the community, and adjusting academically. Classes address topics to assist dance majors in effectively transitioning to college life.
  • THR 191:  Practical Theater Seminar (zero-credit course). Freshman transition course for Theater majors.  Registered students will 1) attend a Theater at Mason production, guest lecture or workshop, and 2) participate in a production load-in and 3) participate in a production strike. 
  • University 150 (UNIV 150): Arts Living Learning Community (zero to one-credit). Freshman transition course for Arts LLC students in Film and Video Studies, Computer Game Design, and Music.

“It takes away your homesickness and you feel like you belong.” -Freshman, Arts LLC

Living in the LLC

The Arts LLC is in the Rappahannock Neighborhood of The Commons, conveniently located near the center of campus, adjacent to Southside dining hall, Skyline Fitness, and a convenience store.

Each floor of The Commons residence halls house 25 to 30 residents staying in double bedrooms. The residence has two community bathrooms (designated by gender), laundry facilities, and group living areas.
All rooms are furnished with beds, desks, chairs, dressers and closets. Carpets and window treatments are provided.
The Commons is a non-smoking and alcohol-free housing area.

Hanover Hall is the newly renovated central community building and features a study lounge, several flat-screen TVs, a common kitchen area, vending area, and professional staff offices.

The Commons residence halls are also home to many other Living Learning Communities; allowing students to connect with those enrolled outside the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Application Process for Incoming Freshmen

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. 

Upon acceptance of an offer of admission to George Mason University College of Visual and Performing Arts:

  1. Pay your $550 deposit by May 1 ($250 enrollment deposit and $300 housing deposit).
  2. Complete a housing application by May 1. Print a copy of the confirmation screen for your records. Look for your confirmation postcard in the mail at the end of May.
  3. On your application, indicate your preference for the Arts LLC and complete the two required short essay questions specific to the Arts LLC. 

Retain copies of the confirmation screens for your records. Residential preference confirmation postcards are mailed at the end of May.

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