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School of Art Admissions

Art and Visual Technology majors learn design and production skills that will enable them to thrive in a competitive world.

Forward thinking and adaptive classes allow faculty to work with students as they develop aesthetic and analytical judgment, as well as the confidence to be self-reliant and collaborative. Faculty and students work together to challenge conventional thinking and blur the lines between traditional artistic disciplines. The School of Art facilitates access to the D.C. area's vibrant arts community; presenting opportunities to engage with museum curators, arts organizations and other professionals, creating a synthesis of educational and real-world experiences.

Portfolio Requirements

Art and Visual Technology, BA and BFA

For all freshman and transfer BA and BFA candidates, consideration for acceptance is competitive. All portfolio reviews require the following to be submitted either digitally or in-person:

  • A one-page, double-spaced essay that describes the candidate’s interest in studio art degree, including possible area of concentration (sculpture, graphic design, etc.), and desired degree path (BA or BFA).
  • 10 to 15 original examples of current or college level work. Work examples should include observational drawing and at least one other media.
Graphic Design Certificate

The graphic design undergraduate certificate is for working adults with a 4-year baccalaureate undergraduate degree from an accredited institution who seek to gain the skills and competency to advance into a career in graphic design. Portfolio reviews are not required for the graphic design certificate.

It encompasses a specific body of knowledge and practice that prepares candidates for rewarding positions in the design field. For course descriptions, visit the University Catalog.

Minors

To declare a minor in the School of Art, please schedule an appointment with Wayne Adams using the following site:  https://avt.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php.  Please select "Minor AVT, GD, WD, Photography" when scheduling your appointment.

 

Art and Visual Technology Minor

Portfolio reviews are not required for students wishing to pursue a minor in Art and Visual Technology. For more information, please visit the Art and Visual Technology Minor page in the University catalog.

 

Arts and Social Change Minor

New Fall 2016, requirements will be in the 2016-17 catalog.

 

Graphic Design Minor

For more information, please visit the Graphic Design Minor page in the University catalog.

 

Photography Minor

For more information, please visit the Photography Minor page in the University catalog.

 

Web Design Minor

For more information, go to the Web Design Minor page in the university catalog.

 

Accelerated Programs Requirements

Accelerated Programs Requirements

Art and Visual Technology, BFA/Art Education, Accelerated MAT

Undergraduates in Art may apply to the accelerated master's degree in Art Education. If accepted, students will be able to earn an Art and Visual Technology, BFA and an Art Education, MAT after satisfactory completion of 144 credits. 

Students choosing the accelerated option must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. The regular designed timeframe would be a start in the Fall and the completion in the Fall semester five and a half years later, but longer time frames may also be available.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see the Academic Policies section of the catalog.

To apply to this program, please visit the College of Visual and Performing Arts Accelerated Master's Admissions page.

 

Art and Visual Technology, BFA/Graphic Design, Accelerated MA

Undergraduates in Art may apply to the accelerated master's degree in Graphic Design. If accepted, students will be able to earn an Art and Visual Technology, BFA and a Graphic Design, MA after satisfactory completion of 150 credits. 

Students choosing the accelerated option must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. The regular designed timeframe would be a start in the Fall and the completion in the Fall semester five and a half years later, but longer time frames may also be available.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.  For policies governing all graduate degrees, see the Academic Policies section of the catalog.

To apply to this program, please visit the College of Visual and Performing Arts Accelerated Master's Admissions page.

 

Art and Visual Technology, BA/Arts Management, Accelerated MA

Undergraduates in Art may apply to the accelerated master's degree in Arts Management.  If accepted, students will be able to earn an Art and Visual Technology, BA and an Arts Management, MA after satisfactory completion of 150 credits. 

Students choosing the accelerated option must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. The regular designed timeframe would be a start in the Fall and completion of all coursework in the Summer five years later with the exception of Capstone, which is only offered in Fall and Spring. Students may need a longer timeframe to complete all requirements.

This accelerated option is offered through joint cooperation between the School of Art and the Arts Management Program.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.  For policies governing all graduate degrees, see the Academic Policies section of the catalog.

To apply to this program, please visit the College of Visual and Performing Arts Accelerated Master's Admissions page.

 

Art and Visual Technology, BFA/Arts Management, Accelerated MA

Undergraduates in Art may apply to the accelerated master's degree in Arts Management.  If accepted, students will be able to earn an Art and Visual Technology, BFA and an Arts Management, MA after satisfactory completion of 150 credits. 

Students choosing the accelerated option must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. The regular designed timeframe would be a start in the Fall and completion of all coursework in the Summer five years later with the exception of Capstone, which is only offered in Fall and Spring. Students may need a longer timeframe to complete all requirements.

This accelerated option is offered through joint cooperation between the School of Art and the Arts Management Program.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.  For policies governing all graduate degrees, see the Academic Policies section of the catalog.

To apply to this program, please visit the College of Visual and Performing Arts Accelerated Master's Admissions page.

 

Schedule a Portfolio Review

Freshman Applicants

We highly encourage in-person portfolio reviews for our Freshmen applicants. In-person reviews allow you to interact directly with our faculty for specific feedback on your work.  Experiece what it is like to be a student in the School of Art at George Mason University, take a tour of the Art and Design Building, including classrooms and gallery spaces, receive specific information about our programs, and ask questions about scholarships and other types of financial assistance. You will receive your portfolio review result at the time of your review.

 

Schedule a Portfolio Review

In-person reviews are scheduled by appointment and also during School of Art Open Houses and National Review Days. Please visit our scheduling website to arrange your portfolio review.

 

Submit your Portfolio Online

If you are unable to schedule an on-campus review, you may submit your portfolio online through Slideroom. Detailed instructions are posted on the Slideroom site:

https://gmucvpa.slideroom.com/#/permalink/program/32299 (Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 applicants)

 

Timeline for Portfolio Completion

Freshman applicants are strongly encouraged to complete a portfolio review concurrent with their application to the university. However, the School of Art understands that many high school level students have a passion for the visual arts, but little experience to be put into a portfolio. Therefore, it is not required for freshman to have a portfolio review before your application to the university is complete.

All freshmen who intend to pursue an Art and Visual Technology major must complete a portfolio review by the end of the first semester of taking studio courses.

If you have any questions about the Undergraduate Portfolio Review, please call the main School of Art office, (703) 993-8898 or email, avt@gmu.edu.

Transfer Applicants

Transfer applicants are required to successfully complete portfolio reviews as a part of their admissions application process for the Art and Visual Technology, BA and BFA degrees. Your application to George Mason Universtiy will not be complete without a successful portfolio review.

All portfolio reviews for transfer applicants must be submitted online through Slideroom. Detailed instructions are posted on the Slideroom site:

https://gmucvpa.slideroom.com/#/login/program/32299

If you have any questions about the Undergraduate Portfolio Review, please call the main School of Art office, (703) 993-8898 or email, avt@gmu.edu.

Visit Us

National Portfolio Days

In addition to on campus, in-person reviews we also attend National Portfolio Day events at various venues across the country. Please check back soon for 2017-18 National Portfolio Day dates and locations where School of Art will participate.

If you have any questions about the Undergraduate Portfolio Review, please call the main School of Art office, (703) 993-8898 or email, avt@gmu.edu.

Please follow the link for more information on National Portfolio Day.

Open House Dates

College of Visual and Performing Arts Open House

Please check back soon for 2017-18 Open House dates.

School of Art and Computer Game Design Open House (March)

Please check back soon for 2017-18 Open House dates.

School of Art and Computer Game Design Open House (April)

Please check back soon for 2017-18 Open House dates.

 

Contact us

Email us or call us: 703-993-8898. Visit us at Art and Design Building, 2050, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030.

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