Why CVPA?

The College of Visual and Performing Arts is much more than a collection of classrooms; it's a community of artists in art, dance, music, theater, arts management, film and video studies, and computer game design. At Mason, you’ll be supported and encouraged while following your own individual artistic path. Your talent is your own. Let us help you build your skills to reach your full potential.

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365
Computer Game Design undergraduate majors from 18 states (Fall 2019). The program was founded in 2009.
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49%
Women and gender non-binary in the Film and Video Studies program.
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115
new music students in Fall 2018 (largest ever incoming class) and a 55% increase over Fall 2017.
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15
Average class size in the Arts Management program
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6
Productions presented annually by the Mason Players, a faculty-directed student organization in the School of Theater.
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7
Public Performances every year by the School of Dance
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300,000
People who attend Mason's two performing arts centers each year.
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#1
The current ranking of the Green Machine on the NCAA's list of Best Pep Bands in the Nation.
Dance major Jaya Bond at the barre
Dance major Jaya Bond at the barre

From Student to Artist

No matter what you study within the College of Visual and Performing Arts, you will learn from highly skilled artist-teachers as well as renowned guest artists.

From your first day as a Mason student-artist, you'll study and create art in award-winning spaces designed to enhance each artform.

By the time you leave Mason, you will be equipped with the tools and professional connections necessary to begin a successful career in the arts, as well as the communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills that the contemporary world values in every field.