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Mason visual and performing arts students work closely with faculty who are recognized professionals in their fields and bring talent and expertise to the classroom. The programs prepare students for careers as creators, performers, writers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs, all while enriching the cultural life of the Mason community.

Strategic Recruiting Benefits Dance Talent Pool

Man dancing

A recruiting push by faculty and staff has changed the look of Mason’s School of Dance. In fall 2014, the freshman class included five men—the largest number to enroll at one time. That nearly doubled the number of male dance majors to nine.

It’s a crucial enhancement for the school. Since women dancers need the opportunity to perform demanding pieces requiring strong dancers of both genders, talented men are essential. Baltimore, Maryland, native Da’shown Rawl is one of the five new freshmen, and he’s been busy using his strength and stamina to lift, spin, and carry a partner through rehearsals for a challenging five­-minute piece.

Mason’s well-­connected dance faculty reached out to colleagues around the nation for recommendations for new dancers. And since faculty members also teach master classes in other cities, they were also able to spread the word about Mason’s impressive dance program.

  • Advertising, Concentration in the Integrative Studies BA

    This business-focused concentration applies an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to the field of advertising. Students combine a thorough analysis of the theoretical concepts of advertising with hands-on experience in the creative arts using a variety of technologies and media. Individual and collaborative projects encourage students to integrate their theoretical and practical expertise, and prepare students for further academic study or careers in marketing, sales, account management, and advertising copywriting or production.

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  • Art Education Licensure

    The art education licensure certificate is a post-baccalaureate program designed for those who currently hold a graduate degree in art-related fields along with those who want a more immediate entrance into the art teaching profession. The ‘licensure only’ program will result in preK-12 art certification by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The AELC is a 21-credit program consisting of graduate art education courses, art endorsements, student teaching internship and seminar. There is an MAT Graduate Degree option with an additional 9 credits.

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  • Art History, Accelerated MA

    Highly qualified undergraduates in any major who have taken at least two 300-level art history courses with a minimum grade of B+ in each may apply to the accelerated master’s degree in art history. If accepted, students will be able to earn a bachelor’s degree in their chosen major and a master’s degree in art history after satisfactory completion of 144 credits, sometimes within five years. 

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  • Art History, BA, Minor

    Art history is the study of visual artifacts within their regional and historical contexts. As an art history major at Mason, you will investigate works of art to learn how they were made, why they were made, and by and for whom they were made. You will develop the skills to interpret a work of art as a record of the culture in which it was made. In your courses you will learn task questions that touch on cultural, technological, and economic concerns. You will study with faculty whose expertise covers many world regions – the United States, Latin America, Europe, South and Southeast Asia, and China – and all historical periods – from classical antiquity, Byzantine, Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque, to the modern era.

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  • Art History, MA

    The program in art history offers a unique master's degree based on departmental strengths in traditional research, the application of new media, and the vast cultural resources of the Washington, D.C., area. Students study a broad range of art-historical periods, theory, and research methods. In addition, the program emphasizes new media skills, museum studies, and preprofessional internship training. Graduates are well-prepared for art museum and gallery professional work, where a master's degree is now routinely required, or further study in doctoral programs.

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  • Art and Visual Technology, BA, BFA, Minor

    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.

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  • Art as Social Change, Minor

    The Arts and Social Change minor leverages artistic and creative practice into an array of academic and social contexts. The goal is to infuse these practices into territories outside the traditional art world through research, participatory experimentation, and documentary aesthetic aspects of social practice. With a focus on creative research and project production students experience direct engagement with communities while developing skills toward fostering positive change in communities via the arts.

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  • Arts Management, MA

    The MA in arts management responds to a growing demand for graduates who can manage and coordinate the arts, bridging the worlds of performing and visual arts with applied managerial skills. The Washington, D.C., region is home to one of the nation’s largest concentrations of arts organizations. The demand for arts managers with skills in financial and budgetary management, strategic management and entrepreneurship, and public relations, including marketing and advertising, has arguably never been more acute. The need for arts managers with skills in philanthropy, fund raising, and ongoing relationship management in the private and public arts sectors also continues to grow at a fast pace.

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  • Arts Management, Minor

    The fields of visual and performing arts offer many career paths that rely on a strong foundation in one or more art forms and require specific knowledge and skills in administration and management. The minor in arts management is open to all CVPA majors as well as art history majors. All other students must complete 9 credits of arts-related course work to be eligible for this minor.

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  • Arts Teaching, MAT

    The MAT Masters in Arts in Teaching, Track I is a pre-service graduate degree that prepares students with a BFA, BA in a studio art program or equivalent for PreK-12 art licensure by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Using a studio-based approach to art education and working closely with area schools, the MAT degree consists of 30 credits of graduate art education, school practicum experience, studio work and pre-service teaching internship and seminar.

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  • Arts Teaching Track II, MAT

    The MAT Masters in Arts in Teaching, Track II is a graduate program designed for Pre-K-12 licensed art teachers who currently hold an undergraduate degree in art education and are interested in obtaining a graduate art education degree for further professional development. The MAT for licensed art teachers is a 30-credit program consisting of graduate art education courses, approved AVT 500 level graduate studio art courses, education courses and a capstone project.

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  • Composition, Concentration in the Musical Arts DMA

    In this area of concentration, students earn 15 credits in Doctoral Applied Music in Composition, as well as fulfilling other requirements. Professional musicians earn the DMA to enhance and extend their knowledge and practice within their area of specialization. The DMA student focuses on the profession of music performance, as well as the theory and practice of the discipline.

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  • Computer Game Design, BFA, Minor

    Computer game design is one of the hottest degrees around and one of the most innovative. Designed to reflect the gaming industry’s demand for an academically rigorous technical program coupled with an understanding of the artistic and creative elements of the evolving medium, the course work draws from a number of fields of study, including computer science, visual arts, digital arts and computer music. The required internship provides students with practical experience that enhances their employability post-graduation.Students pursuing the minor will be able to participate in game program events, special activities, game design competitions, and in most projects hosted in the Computer Game Design Research Studio.

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  • Computer Game Design, MA

    The MA in Computer Game Design prepares graduate students, who may have studied game design at the undergraduate level, or who have degrees in a related technology, humanities, or arts discipline. The program prepares students for employment and further study in the computer game design and development fields, with a curriculum that reflects the gaming industry’s demand for an academically rigorous, technical program coupled with an understanding of the artistic and creative elements of the evolving field of study.

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  • Conducting, Concentration in the Musical Arts DMA

    In this area of concentration, students earn 15 credits in Doctorial Applied Music in Conducting, as well as fulfilling other degree requirements. Professional musicians earn the DMA to enhance and extend their knowledge and practice within their area of specialization. The DMA student focuses on the profession of music performance, as well as the theory and practice of the discipline.

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  • Creative Writing, BFA

    Mason’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is one of only 30 programs nationwide. With three concentrations to choose from (fiction, poetry, and nonfiction), the degree program is structured to give students ample opportunity to learn to write and think creatively while also developing the vocational writing skills that are desperately needed in the workplace.

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  • Creative Writing, MFA

    This selective and academically rigorous master of fine arts program is designed to provide talented writers with the opportunity to work closely with both outstanding faculty and gifted peers to strengthen their craft, develop their literary aesthetics, enrich their understanding of existing traditions and compositional possibilities, and to participate actively in the life of the literary community at large.

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  • Cultural Studies, Concentration in the English MA

    Cultural Studies looks at cultural practices of all kinds—mass media, consumer culture, and literary texts—as well as other aspects of everyday life both past and present. Course work draws on theory and methods from traditional disciplines such as anthropology, history, and philosophy, but it also responds to questions that cannot always be answered by traditional means. Can be taken as a concentration in the MA in English.

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  • Cultural Studies, PhD

    Cultural Studies looks at cultural practices of all kinds—mass media, consumer culture, and literary texts—as well as other aspects of everyday life both past and present. Course work draws on theory and methods from traditional disciplines such as anthropology, history, and philosophy, but it also responds to questions that cannot always be answered by traditional means. The emphasis in this program is on the development of intellectual mastery and professional competence.

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  • Curriculum and Instruction, MEd

    This master’s degree is offered to students preparing for initial teacher licensure, advanced teacher education, and ancillary educational programs.  Students may choose up to two concentrations from a wide variety of choices, such as Art Education, Elementary Mathematics, Foreign Language (with choices including French and Spanish), Geography, History, Science, and many other areas of study and specialization. 

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  • Dance Appreciation, Minor

    The minor in Dance Appreciation offers students with basic training in modern dance and ballet, an opportunity to study a variety of movement styles and understand dance in its historical and cultural context.

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  • Dance, BA, BFA

    Our BA and BFA in dance is a highly selective conservatory style education . This performance-oriented contemporary dance program prepares students professionally as performers, choreographers, educators, and active leaders of the dance community. Strong dance technique, intensive theory, guest artist residencies, abundant performance opportunities are the trademarks of our degree. Increasingly acknowledged as one of the premier institutions offering professional preparation with alumni going on to tour with the Mark Morris Dance Group, the Parsons Dance Company, the Jose Limon Company, the Elisa Monte Dance Company, STREB or Buglisi Dance Theater.

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  • Design and Technical Theater, Concentration in the Theater BA

    This concentration gives students knowledge, technique, and experience in one or more areas of theater design and technology in preparation for professional work and advanced study, and in the field. Participation in Theater at Mason productions is expected of all declared majors.

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  • Design for Stage and Screen, Concentration in the Theater BFA

    This is one area of concentration for students earning a BFA in Theater. Students select from classes such as Costume Crafts, Event Technology and Sound Engineering. Majors are expected to participate in Theater at Mason productions and will be required to demonstrate growing proficiency in their chosen concentration prior to the confirmation of the BFA degree. 

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  • Ethnomusicology, Minor

    The minor is designed for those who wish to widen their scope of knowledge about music while deepening their understanding of people around the world. Students gain skills that will serve them in many fields.

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  • Event Technical Production, Minor

    This 15-credit minor offers students the opportunity to study special event management and event technologies, design and production for installations and special events. Students gain insights into industry standards and practices regarding planning, managing, and executing live events and presentations. It’s offered by the College of Education and Human Development (School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism) and the College of Visual and Performing Arts (School of Theater).

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  • Events Management, Concentration in Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management, BS

    Built on the cornerstones of resort management, environmental tourism, events management, and cultural and heritage tourism, courses equip students with knowledge, skills, and experience in managing the tourism experience for the benefit of the traveler, host, and supporting industry. Graduates are employed in commercial, private, and public agencies, and in a variety of jobs and many geographic or business settings. A minor is available.

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  • Film and Media Studies, Minor

    Mason’s minor in film and video studies offers students in any major the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of film and media through concentrated study within the broader context of the university’s English and Communication Departments. Students will have the opportunity to view and analyze films and other media to develop an informed awareness of their significance and their impact on culture and society. Participants can choose to focus on film, television, or mass culture, or can select a mix of courses that suits their interests.

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  • Film and Video Studies Interdisciplinary Studies MA

    The specialized Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies concentration in film and video studies emphasizes such components as videoconferencing, multimedia, and editing. As low-end, high quality video equipment becomes more affordable; more organizations (profit and nonprofit) are investing in in-house production studios and staff. Their needs include traditional videography, videoconferencing, web design, multimedia, and digital editing.

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  • Film and Video Studies, BA

    The bachelor of arts degree in film and video studies offers students the technical skills necessary to tell vibrant visual stories while providing a broad understanding of the business of filmmaking in a rapidly changing industry. The degree includes concentrations in production with emphasis on directing, producing, and screenwriting. Students work as interns and video producers, and leave the program as professionals in their field.

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  • Folklore Studies, Accelerated MA, Concentration in the MAIS

    Highly qualified Mason undergraduates in any major may apply to the accelerated master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in folklore studies. If accepted, and depending on their undergraduate major, students will be able to earn a bachelor's degree in their chosen major and a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in folklore studies after satisfactory completion of 150 credits, sometimes within five years.

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  • Graphic Design, MA

    The Master of Arts in Graphic Design offers students a comprehensive study and preparation for the graphic design profession. The curriculum includes courses in typography, web design, image making, and brand design. The broad range of study is intended to develop professionals prepared for an ever-expanding graphic design field. The applicant’s portfolio is a major selection criterion for graduate admission and should represent the applicant’s most accomplished work.

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  • Graphic Design, Minor

    Students are trained to combine words and images so that they can use both to form powerful new messages. Using a combination of theoretical projects and real client interaction, students are encouraged to take an expansive view of design’s possibilities as they partner with other artists, writers, and clients, as well as work independently to shape communication. Graphic designers are—first and foremost—artists. Designers receive extensive training in both fine art and publication design techniques.

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  • Graphic Design, Undergraduate Certificate

    The Graphic Design Undergraduate Certificate is for working adults with a 4-year undergraduate degree from an accredited institution who seek the skills and competency to advance into a career in graphic design. This program focuses on pragmatic problem-solving concepts while emphasizing the design process. Students learn layout, typography and semiotics in a project-based learning environment that asks them to create posters, brochures, publications and identity systems. Throughout the program, the portfolio development process is emphasized as students prepare for careers as graphic designers, project managers and art directors.

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  • History of Decorative Arts, MA

    The MA in the history of decorative arts, offered in partnership with Smithsonian Associates, presents students with the challenge of integrating the history of the decorative arts into the study of art history and cultural studies as a whole. Students take courses in decorative arts, design history and theory, material culture, and museology. The Smithsonian Institution grants students in this program access to its curators and vast collections, where they are connected to its expansive network of professionals, research communities, and state-of-the-art educational and conservation facilities.

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  • Instrumental Performance Artist, Graduate Certificate

    The certificate is a specialized, graduate-level program for advanced musicians who want to further develop and refine their performance art. The certificate program is a two-year course of study requiring at least two consecutive semesters of residence.

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  • Jazz Studies, Minor

    This minor is open to music and non-music majors who wish to explore this American art form. It is open to all instrumentalists and vocalists, including students who perform on instruments not normally associated with jazz. No prior experience in jazz is needed, but candidates must pass a music audition.

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  • Media Production and Criticism, Concentration in the Communication BA

    Criticism courses offer students the opportunity to learn to think purposefully and critically about media and examine media roles from many perspectives. Through four required courses within the concentration, individuals may engage in different comparative and ideological frameworks, thereby providing a theoretical grounding in the study of media content, processes, and effects. Production courses offer participants foundational knowledge applicable to a wide range of current media-related professions. Through four required courses within the concentration, individuals will have the opportunity to develop hands-on production skills, achieve technical proficiency, and make sophisticated choices in working with new technologies and emerging platforms, such as broadcast TV, mobile apps, streaming media, corporate communications, and social media.

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  • Multimedia, Minor

    Students learn how to create original work and communicate with others through the fusion of images, text, sound, and video. Students analyze and incorporate into their productions contemporary design principles and current software applications. As part of this process, students are encouraged to focus on how multimedia technologies, which offer tools for investigating and disseminating ideas, and can enhance undergraduate research and writing. These skills are increasingly valuable not only in the specialized information technology industries, but also in business, education, and politics.

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  • Music Education Licensure for PK-12, Graduate Certificate

    Required courses for this certificate include Music Curriculum and Instructional Procedures as well as Foundations of Music Education. Note: This certificate is pending Virginia Department of Education approval as a state-approved licensure program.

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  • Music Education, PhD

    The PhD in music education, a research-intensive degree, focuses on the gathering, processing, and interpretation of information. Students in the PhD program take seminars and topics courses in music education, as well as research courses through the College of Education and Human Development. PhD graduates are expected to demonstrate the ability to communicate significant concepts of music education.

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  • Music Technology, Concentration in the Music BA

    The Music Technology concentration will provide students with a strong grasp of the technical and theoretical aspects of music recording and production. It will also acquaint them with the historical and social context of recorded music and electronic music in all of its aspects, from the avant-garde experiments to electronica. Students will also develop the skill and technique to produce substantial new creative works in electronic composition and music recording and production.

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  • Music and Technology, Minor

    This minor is open to those who want to expand their knowledge and skill in this area. Required classes include Fundamentals of Music, Music and Technology, and Recording Techniques.

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  • Music and Wellness, Minor

    This minor, designed for students with minimal formal musical training, allows students to explore the connection between music and consciousness as well as vibration, mindfulness, and well-being. Admission to the Music and Wellness minor is by interview with the minor coordinator.

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  • Music, BM, BA, Minor

    The Mason School of Music is part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Students study with nationally and internationally recognized faculty who are active performers, conductors, composers, music theoreticians, historians, and music teachers. Admission is based on acceptance to the university and audition. The music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Students pursuing a minor in music must also pass a music audition. Required classes include Introduction to Classical Music, Aural Skills, and Keyboard Skills.

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  • Music, MM

    The MM degree is offered as an educational channel to meet the intellectual and career needs of qualified students. The Mason School of Music is part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Students study with nationally and internationally recognized faculty who are active performers, conductors, composers, music theoreticians, historians, and music teachers. Admission is based on acceptance to the university and audition. The music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). It is a comprehensive and advanced program of study with a choice of concentrations in performance, music education, composition, conducting, jazz studies, and pedagogy. The MM with a concentration in music education does not provide licensure to teach music in public or private schools.

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  • Musical Arts, DMA

    The doctor of musical arts requires 90 credits, 60 credits beyond the Master’s degree in music. Areas of concentrations are composition, conducting, and performance. While these concentrations share some of the required course work, each is also distinct in course requirements. Professional musicians earn the DMA to enhance and extend their knowledge and practice within their area of specialization. The DMA student focuses on the profession of music performance, as well as the theory and practice of the discipline.

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  • Non-Fiction Writing, Creative Writing Concentration in the MFA

    Writing the truth and nothing but doesn't have to be a boring recitation of facts. The Non-Fiction MFA emphasizes self-expressive writing and writing that conveys precise meanings. Couses offer an intensive study of and practice in various forms, such as biographies, documentaries, editorials, interviews, reports, reviews, and essays. Students will get intensive practice in the craft of nonfiction and the study of the creative process.

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  • Non-Fiction, Creative Writing Concentration in the BFA

    Develop the prowess to read, think, and write critically, and learn the skills needed to craft a body of original work. Students take courses in reading and writing nonfiction that use literary techniques normally thought of in the context of fiction, such as evoking senses and use of dialogue. Participants will get intensive study of and practice in various forms of nonfiction writing, through analyzing models and completing weekly assignments. Practice in such forms as biographies, documentaries, editorials, interviews, reports, reviews, and essays.

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  • Performance for the Stage and Screen, Concentration in the Theater BFA

    This is an area of concentration for students earning a BFA in Theater. Required courses include Advanced Study in Voice, Acting II and Acting for the Camera. Majors are expected to participate in Theater at Mason productions and will be required to demonstrate growing proficiency in their chosen concentration prior to the confirmation of the BFA degree. 

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  • Performance, Concentration in the Musical Arts DMA

    In this area of concentration, students earn 15 credits in Doctoral Applied Music, as well as fulfilling other degree requirements. Professional musicians earn the DMA to enhance and extend their knowledge and practice within their area of specialization. The DMA student focuses on the profession of music performance, as well as the theory and practice of the discipline.

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  • Performance, Concentration in the Theater BA

    This concentration is designed for serious students of acting and directing who have professional aspirations. At its core, the Performance Concentration is a blend of Modern and Classical actor training using a Stanislavski-grounded approach balanced with techniques for understanding texts written two hundred years before “motivation” and “characterization” entered the critical vocabulary.  Professional development is enhanced with ongoing student progress reviews, support and advising from Performance Concentration faculty.

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  • Photography, Minor

    The photography minor provides opportunities for students to develop a personal vision in response to photography’s role in contemporary art and culture. Studio classes emphasize techniques in the production of traditional, digital and experimental imagery. Critical thinking combined with studio/lab experience enhance this comprehensive introduction to the field.

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  • Piano Performance Artist, Graduate Certificate

    The certificate is a specialized, graduate-level program for advanced musicians who desire to further develop and refine their performance art. The certificate program is a two-year course of study requiring at least two consecutive semesters of residence.

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  • Playwriting and Dramaturgy, Concentration in the Theater BA

    Students choosing this area of specialization focus on the literary aspects of theater, such as playwriting, dramaturgy, screenwriting, translation, adaptation, season planning, and theater criticism.  Students seeking specialized experience as a playwright or dramaturg choose from a selection of required and recommended courses designed to expose students to a broad range of contemporary and classical texts, deepen their understanding of dramatic structure, encourage collaboration, and foster opportunities for new play development.   This concentration gives students access to a variety of hands-on opportunities within the School of Theater and the professional world.

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  • Professional Writing and Rhetoric, Concentration in the English MA

    Mason’s Professional Writing and Rhetoric concentration (within the English MA) is oriented to workplace uses of language. In addition to the training in pragmatic skills offered, the concentration is characterized by a self-reflexive attention to workplaces as institutions. Courses on research and theory in nonfiction writing complement instruction in editing, technical writing, digital publication, and other current practices. Instruction in research methodologies melds archival research with the most current technological advances to equip students with valuable research tools and strategies, while courses in literature, media studies, folklore, and linguistics provide insight into language and writing practices across a variety of contexts. Graduates are well-prepared for roles as writers and editors in business, science, engineering, accounting, and many other fields that demand strong writing and communication skills for promotion and advancement.

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  • Professional Writing and Rhetoric, Graduate Certificate

    Mason’s graduate certificate in Professional Writing and Rhetoric is centered on workplace uses of language. Coursework focuses on nonfiction writing in specific genres, current writing practices and theories of writing in organizational settings, research methods in professional writing, and nonfiction literature. Courses on research and theory in nonfiction writing complement instruction in editing, technical writing, digital publication, and other current practices to prepare students for roles as writers and editors in the private and public sectors.

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  • Sound, Minor

    Get the background you need to work behind the scenes in productions. Requirements for this minor include classes such as Music and Technology as well as Sound Engineering.

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  • Sport and Computer Game Design, Minor

    The Sport and Computer Game Design minor offers students the opportunity to study the rapid expansion in the sale, design, and production of sport-related games around the world. Students will gain insights into the video game industry, with a particular emphasis on sports products. The required courses in this minor provide students with a foundational overview of the sports industry, sport management, and computer game design. Students can complement that knowledge with an assortment of specific courses in these disciplines that meet their individual interests. The program prepares students for employment and further study in the evolving field of sports computer game design and development.

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  • Teaching Theatre PK-12, Graduate Certificate

    This graduate certificate prepares students who hold an undergraduate degree in Theatre (BFA, BA or equivalent) for Theatre Arts licensure by the Commonwealth of Virginia. In conjunction with the College of Education and Human Development, the certificate curriculum consists of graduate-level Theater and Education courses, field experience observation and pre-service teaching internship.

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  • Theater Education for Theater Arts PK-12, Concentration in the Theater BA

    This concentration is designed for students in the Theater BA program who are interested in pursuing theater education.  Required courses include Foundations of Theater Education and Theater Education Internship.

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  • Theater, BA, Minor

    The BA in Theater degree combines the breadth of a liberal arts education with serious practical training and experience. Entrance into the program is by interview and audition or portfolio review (for more info: http://cvpa.gmu.edu/admissions-u.html, 703-993-1120). Theater core courses provide a broad introduction to the various theater arts. Students may select from four concentrations: Performance (Acting and Directing); Design and Technical Theater; Playwriting and Dramaturgy; or Theater Education for Theater Arts PK-12. The department aims to prepare students for graduate study or entry into professional life in theater and screen through rigorous, concentrated, and individualized training. Theater as a minor could enrich your skills for many different career paths. Requirements include Fundamentals of Production, Acting II and Script Analysis.

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  • Theater, BA/Arts Management, Accelerated MA

    Undergraduates in Theater may apply to the accelerated master’s degree in Arts Management through joint cooperation between the School of Theater and the Arts Management Program. Students will begin their master’s program in the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree.

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  • Theater, BFA

    Entrance into the BFA program is by interview and audition or portfolio review.  Theater majors earning a BFA in Theater must select one of the following concentrations: Design for Stage and Screen; Performance for Stage and Screen (Acting and Directing); or Writing and Dramaturgy for Stage and Screen. Majors are expected to participate in Theater at Mason productions and will be required to demonstrate growing proficiency in their chosen concentration prior to the confirmation of the BFA degree.

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  • Theater, Undergraduate Certificate in Musical Theater, Concentration in Music

    Students fulfilling the Musical Theater Certificate with Music concentration must satisfy all requirements for a BA or BM in the School of Music.

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  • Theater, Undergraduate Certificate in Musical Theater, Concentration in Performance

    Students pursuing a certificate in Musical Theater must satisfy all requirements for a BA or BFA in the School of Theater with a concentration in Performance.

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  • Visual Arts, MFA

    The MFA in Visual and Performing Arts, concentration in Visual Arts, is a degree that prepares students to become professional artists, work in technology or arts-related fields, and teach at the university level.  Students who study under the Art and Visual Technology concentration may choose an emphasis in graphic design, InterArts, new media arts, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture. Students have the opportunity to combine art forms in interdiscplinary projects that may be installation, publishing, time-based, or writing-based; and combine creative and critical approaches in their work.

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  • Vocal Performance Artist, Graduate Certificate

    The certificate is a specialized, graduate-level program for advanced musicians who want to further develop and refine their performance art. The certificate program is a two-year course of study requiring at least two consecutive semesters of residence.

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  • Web Design, Minor

    The minor is offered by the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Art and Visual Technology majors must complete 12 credits unique to the minor. 

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  • Writing and Dramaturgy for Stage and Screen, Concentration in the Theater BFA

    This is an area of concentration for students earning a BFA in Theater. Playwriting I is one of the required classes. Majors are expected to participate in Theater at Mason productions and will be required to demonstrate growing proficiency in their chosen concentration prior to the confirmation of the BFA degree. 

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