George Mason University
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George Mason University

Art and Visual Technology, BFA

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 We celebrate historical reference, current relevance and experimentation-emphasizing innovative ways of thinking that enhance the impact of art on the future of society.

Highlights

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. 

This undergraduate program offers students the option of applying to the accelerated master’s degree programs. See Art and Visual Technology, BFA/Art Education, Accelerated MAT; Art and Visual Technology, BFA/Arts Management, Accelerated MA; and Art and Visual Technology, BFA/Graphic Design, Accelerated MA for requirements.

Degree Requirements (120 credits total)

Mason Core General education program required for all undergraduate students.

College Requirement(s) 

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; InterArts; New Media Art; Painting; Photography; Printmaking or Sculpture.

Studio Foundation (16 credits)

​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:

Synthesis 

One of the following:

Drawing Concentration

Students concentrating in Drawing must complete AVT 232 - Painting I  Credits: 3 under Breadth and Experience.

Graphic Design Concentration

All AVT majors concentrating in graphic design must complete AVT 217 - Introduction to Web Design and AVT 252 - Fundamentals of Photography  or AVT 253 - Introduction to Digital Photography under Breadth and Experience.

InterArts 

The concentration in InterArts is an individualized program of study focused on arts research with multidisciplinary goals.  Students concentrating in InterArts are engaged with both creative and conceptual inquiry in the development of artistic practice bolstered by knowledge of other disciplines.  Often, this work exists at the interstices of artforms, and focuses on research on areas of interest to the student.  InterArts students draw on the large resources of the School of Art and the university in creating an individualized program of studio courses and complementary courses for a total of 24 credits (12 credits of disciplinary focus and 12 credits of complementary study).  In consultation with a faculty advisor, the student drafts a curriculum contract outlining the course of study, which is approved by the InterArts faculty.  Admission to the concentration is based on acceptance into the BFA program via a portfolio review process and project approval from the InterArts faculty.

New Media Art

Students concentrating in New Media Art must complete AVT 280 - Introduction to New Media Arts under Breadth and Experience,

Painting

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

Photography

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

Printmaking

Sculpture

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

 

Opportunities

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:

Drawing

Graphic Design

InterArts

New Media Art

Painting

Photography

Printmaking

Sculpture

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