George Mason University
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George Mason University

Art and Visual Technology, BA

Program Overview

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. We celebrate historical reference, current relevance and experimentation-emphasizing innovative ways of thinking that enhance the impact of art on the future of society.

For complete information on program requirements and policies for the 2017-18 year, please see the University Catalog.


For complete information on program requirements and policies for the 2017-18 year, please see the University Catalog.

Please see the University Catalog for complete program requirements and policies, and discuss all program plans with an academic advisor. Certain courses may fulfill multiple requirements across the Mason Core general education program, the college or school, and/or the specific program. 

Degree Requirements

Mason Core - General education program required for all undergraduate students

College Requirement(s) BA students complete one of the following: a minor, double major or double degree outside their primary field of study (15-20 credits), or demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency in one foreign language (0-9 credits).

Major Requirements (64-65 credits)  Students complete a range of foundational and skills courses, and select a concentration in one of the following areas: Drawing; Graphic Design; New Media Art; Painting; Photography; Printmaking or Sculpture.

Studio Foundation 

Art History, Critical Analysis, Contemporary Practice

Breadth and Experience  

Students complete three or four of the following courses. At least one course must be a 200-level studio course. (See each concentration for individual requirements.):

Professional Practices

One of the following:


One of the following:

Drawing Concentration

Students concentrating in Drawing must complete AVT 232 - Painting I under Breadth and Experience. 


Graphic Design Concentration

Students concentrating in Graphic Design must complete AVT 252 - Fundamentals of Photography or AVT 253 - Introduction to Digital Photography under Breadth and Experience.


New Media Art

Students concentrating in New Media Art must complete AVT 280 under Breadth and Experience.

Twelve credits from:


Students concentrating in Painting must complete AVT 262 under Breadth and Experience


Students concentrating in Photography must complete AVT 252 under Breadth and Experience.



Students concentrating in Sculpture must complete AVT 262 under Breadth and Experience.



Art and Visual Technology majors work in award-winning studios with accomplished faculty who regularly exhibit their work. Students have opportunities to hear from leaders in their field through the Visual Voices speaker series.  In addition, students go to New York several times during their college career to experience its rich collection of museums and galleries. Art and Visual Technology majors also exhibit their work on campus in multiple galleries.

Concentrations within the Art and Visual Technology, BA include:

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