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Degree Requirements

Total credits: 120

Mason Core

Foundation Requirements
Oral Communication3
Quantitative Reasoning3
Information Technology 13
ENGH 101Composition (Mason Core) 23
ENGH 302Advanced Composition (Mason Core) 23
Core Requirements
Literature3
Arts 33
Natural Science 47
Western Civilization3
Global Understanding 53
Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Total Credits37
1

All students concentrating in new media art must take AVT 180 New Media in the Creative Arts (Mason Core) and CS 105 Computer Ethics and Society (Mason Core) or PHIL 112 Ethics and the Cybersociety (Mason Core).

2

Nonnative speakers of English with limited proficiency in the language may substitute ENGH 100 Composition for Multilingual Writers (Mason Core) for ENGH 101 Composition (Mason Core). Students must attain a minimum grade of C in ENGH 100 Composition for Multilingual Writers (Mason Core) or ENGH 101 Composition (Mason Core), as well as in ENGH 302 Advanced Composition (Mason Core), to fulfill degree requirements.

3

AVT majors may not choose AVT courses to meet this requirement, and they may not double-count ARTH courses toward both the AVT major and the Mason Core arts requirement.

4

including at least one laboratory science

5

AVT majors may not double-count ARTH courses toward both AVT major requirements and the Mason Core global understanding requirement.

AVT Major Requirements

Studio Foundation
AVT 101New Majors Colloquium1
AVT 104Two-Dimensional Design and Color (Mason Core)4
AVT 105Three-Dimensional Design and Beyond4
AVT 222Drawing I (Mason Core)4
AVT 323Drawing II3
or AVT 324 Figure Drawing
Art History, Critical Analysis, Contemporary Practice
ARTH 201History of Western Art II (Mason Core)3
ARTH 374Art Now3
Three credits of3
Visual Voices Colloquium 1
AVT 307Aesthetics3
AVT 395Writing for Artists3
AVT 472Critical Theory in the Visual Arts3
Select one from the following:3
History of Western Art I (Mason Core)
Survey of Asian Art (Mason Core)
Survey of Latin American Art (Mason Core)
Select one from the following: 23
Creative Processes
Art as Social Action
History of Graphic Design
Visual Perception and the Arts
Hip Hop Culture
Sound Art I
Thinking Through Animation
Advanced Aesthetics
Experiential Design History
Teaching Visual Thinking Through Media, PK-12
Breadth and Experience
Select three to four courses from the following: 312-13
Typography (Mason Core)
Introduction to Web Design
Painting I (Mason Core)
Printmaking I (Mason Core)
Darkroom Photography I (Mason Core)
Digital Photography I (Mason Core)
Photography
Sculpture I (Mason Core)
Interdisciplinary Arts (Mason Core)
Introduction to New Media Arts
Nontraditional Approaches to Drawing
Illustration
Digital Printmaking
Sound Art I
EcoArt (Mason Core)
Special Topics
Other courses as approved by program director
Professional Practices
AVT 413Professional Design Practices 43
or AVT 453 Professional Practices
Synthesis
AVT 497Senior Project (Mason Core)3
or AVT 498 Senior Design Project (Mason Core)
Total Credits58-59
1

Transfer students with less than three semesters remaining must take AVT 301 Visual Voices Colloquium for each remaining semester.

2

Students concentrating in graphic design must take either AVT 318 History of Graphic Design or AVT 410 Experiential Design History to meet this requirement.

3

At least one course must be a 200-level studio course. See each concentration for individual requirements.

4

All students concentrating in graphic design must complete AVT 413 Professional Design Practices.

Artsbus Requirement

All AVT majors must meet the school's requirement of travel to galleries and museums through the Artsbus program. Students meet the requirement by enrolling in AVT 300 Artsbus Attendance. The procedure and requirements for enrollment in AVT 300 are the same as for any other class. 

Freshman who enroll as AVT majors must register for AVT 300 Artsbus Attendance 5 times during their course of study. Transfer students and students who change their majors to AVT must register for AVT 300 Artsbus Attendance for the equivalent of each semester they are enrolled at Mason, up to a maximum of five semesters.

Concentrations

Select one concentration and complete the requirements therein.

Drawing (DRW)

All AVT majors concentrating in drawing must complete AVT 232 Painting I (Mason Core) under Breadth and Experience.

AVT 422Drawing III3
AVT 423Drawing IV3
Select 12 credits from 300-400 level AVT12
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Figure Drawing
Nontraditional Approaches to Drawing
Mixed Media
Painting II
Experimental Painting
Figurative Painting
Painting III
Advanced Painting I
Special Topics 1
Other courses as approved by program director
Total Credits24
1

Topic must be in Drawing.

Graphic Design (GD)

All AVT majors concentrating in graphic design must complete AVT 217 Introduction to Web Design and AVT 252 Darkroom Photography I (Mason Core) or AVT 253 Digital Photography I (Mason Core) under Breadth and Experience.

AVT 311Graphic Design Methods and Principles3
AVT 313Editorial Design3
AVT 414Corporate Design and Branding3
Select 15 credits from the following: 115
Motion Design
Advanced Typography
Web Design and Usability
Advertising Design
Package Design
Topics in Graphic Design
Advanced Web Design
Other courses as approved by program director
Total Credits24
1

AVT 491 Independent Study in Art and Visual Technology or AVT 496 Special Topics may be taken with permission of the Area Coordinator.

InterArts (IA)

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.

Twelve credits of disciplinary focus12
Twelve credits of complementary study12
Total Credits24

New Media Art (NMA)

All majors concentrating in new media art must complete AVT 280 Introduction to New Media Arts under Breadth and Experience, and AVT 180 New Media in the Creative Arts (Mason Core) and CS 105 Computer Ethics and Society (Mason Core) or PHIL 112 Ethics and the Cybersociety (Mason Core) for their IT Mason Core requirement.

Select 12 credits from 300-400 level AVT12
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Sound Art I
Live Movies
2D Experimental Animation
3D Experimental Animation
EcoArt (Mason Core)
Video Art
Advanced Image Making
RS: Art and Interactivity
Advanced Topics: New Media Art
Other courses as approved by program director
Total Credits24

Painting (PNT)

All majors concentrating in painting must complete AVT 262 Sculpture I (Mason Core) under Breadth and Experience.

AVT 333Painting II3
AVT 432Painting III3
AVT 433Advanced Painting I3
300-400 level AVT3
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Experimental Painting
Figurative Painting
Advanced Painting II
Advanced Painting III
Special Topics 1
Other courses as approved by program director
Total Credits24
1

Topic must be in Painting.

Photography (PHO)

All AVT majors concentrating in photography must complete AVT 252 Darkroom Photography I (Mason Core) under Breadth and Experience.

AVT 353Darkroom Photography II3
AVT 356Photo Studio Techniques3
AVT 359Photography Seminar3
Select 6 credits from 300-400 level AVT6
Select 9 credits from the following:9
Digital Photography II
Color Photo Methods
Alternative Photo Processes
Digital Printing Techniques
Documentary Photography
Advanced Studio Lighting
Other courses as approved by program director
Total Credits24

Printmaking (PM)

AVT 343Printmaking II3
Select 12 credits from 300-400 level AVT12
Select 9 credits from the following:9
Paper/Print/Book as Language
Digital Printmaking
Printmaking III
Printmaking IV
Other courses as approved by program director
Total Credits24

Sculpture (SCL)

All AVT majors concentrating in sculpture must complete AVT 262 Sculpture I (Mason Core) under Breadth and Experience

AVT 363Sculpture II3
Three credits of3
Field Experience in the Arts
Internship in Art and Visual Technology
AVT 462Sculpture III3
AVT 463Sculpture IV3
Additional coursework as approved by program director12
Total Credits24

General Electives

Select 0-1 credits from General Electives0-1
Total Credits0-1

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

Overview

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 AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to accelerated master's programs must have completed at least 75 credits that apply to their undergraduate degree (with at least 24 credits at Mason) and no more than 100 credits. Applicants should submit an Accelerated Master's Program Application, available from the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) Academic Affairs Office. It includes the proposed conferral date for the undergraduate degree and the two graduate courses that are to be applied to the undergraduate degree.

In addition to meeting the general university requirements for admission for graduate study, applicants must submit:

  • Statement of intent and professional goals for entering the field
  • Three letters of reference from faculty members or individuals who have firsthand knowledge of the applicant's academic or professional capabilities
  • Official score on Praxis Core or SAT equivalent
  • MAT (for BFA students) portfolio must include 15 to 20 images that reflect artistic breadth and depth, including samples of work with ample attention to drawing and painting from observation. These works must be submitted through SlideRoom.  All pieces must include the title of the piece, date, medium, and size of each work. Incomplete portfolios will not be considered.

Teacher Endorsement

Students for the MAT (for BFA students) must complete ALL endorsements, as well as the Praxis Core Exam and the PLUS art education foundational courses:

AVT 493Teaching Visual Thinking Through Media, PK-123
AVT 494Strategies in Art Room: PK-123
AVT 495Introduction to Art Teaching and Learning3
Total Credits9

Students must meet Virginia Department of Education's required semester credit hours in the following specific areas:

12 hours of two-dimensional media12
12 hours of three-dimensional media12
9 hours of cultural context and art history, judgment and criticism, aesthetics9
3 hours of related areas of fine arts3
Total Credits36

Students should work closely with their advisor to ensure they complete these course requirements through the BFA in Art and Visual Technology and MAT degrees.

Accelerated Option Requirements

As an undergraduate, the accelerated master's student is required to complete the two graduate courses indicated on their Accelerated Master's Program application with a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 in all coursework and in coursework applied to their major. On completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated on the application, candidates submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form (which shall incorporate all of the Graduate Admission requirements of the university) and are admitted to graduate status.

As graduate students, accelerated master's students have an advanced standing and must meet all master's degree requirements except for the two courses (6 credits) completed as undergraduates. Students will begin their master's program in the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree, and they may also begin in the summer term.

Reserve Graduate Credit

Students may take up to 6 additional graduate credits as reserve graduate credit. These credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree. The ability to take courses for reserve graduate credit is available to all high-achieving undergraduates with permission of the School of Art. Permission to take a graduate course for reserve graduate credit is normally granted only to Mason seniors within 15 credit hours of graduation and must be approved by the Dean's Office.

To apply these credits to the master's degree, students must request that the credits be moved from the undergraduate degree to the graduate degree using the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form.

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

Overview

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 AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to accelerated master's programs must have completed at least 75 credits that apply to their undergraduate degree (with at least 24 credits at Mason) and no more than 100 credits. Applicants should submit an Accelerated Master's Program Application, available from the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) Academic Affairs Office. It includes the proposed conferral date for the undergraduate degree and the two graduate courses that are to be applied to the undergraduate degree.

Interested students should contact the Arts Management Program Office for more details about the application process.

Accelerated Option Requirements

As an undergraduate, the accelerated master's student is required to complete the two graduate courses indicated on their Accelerated Master's Program application with a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 in all coursework and in coursework applied to their major. On completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, candidates submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form (which shall incorporate all of the Graduate Admission requirements of the university) and are admitted to graduate status.

As graduate students, accelerated master's students have an advanced standing and must meet all master's degree requirements except for the two courses (6 credits) completed as undergraduates. Students will begin their master's program in the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree, and they may also begin in the summer term.

Reserve Graduate Credit

Students may take up to 6 additional graduate credits as reserve graduate credit. These credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree. The ability to take courses for reserve graduate credit is available to all high achieving undergraduates with permission of the School of Art. Permission to take a graduate course for reserve graduate credit is normally granted only to Mason seniors within 15 credit hours of graduation and must be approved by the Dean's Office.

To apply these credits to the master's degree, students must request that the credits be moved from the undergraduate degree to the graduate degree using the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form.

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

Overview

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 standard 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 AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to accelerated master's programs must have completed at least 75 credits that apply to their undergraduate degree (with at least 24 credits at Mason) and no more than 100 credits. Applicants should submit an Accelerated Master's Program Application, available from the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) Academic Affairs Office. It includes the proposed conferral date for the undergraduate degree and the two graduate courses that are to be applied to the undergraduate degree.

In addition to meeting the general university requirements for admission for graduate study, applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from faculty, or those who can evaluate the applicant's academic potential; a sample of academic writing about art or graphic design, such as a paper from an art or design history course; and 20 examples of original design works in a format that is viewable via SlideRoom.

Accelerated Option Requirements

As an undergraduate, the accelerated master's student is required to complete the two graduate courses indicated on their Accelerated Master's Program application with a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 in all coursework and in coursework applied to their major. On completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, candidates submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form (which shall incorporate all of the Graduate Admission requirements of the university) and are admitted to graduate status.

As graduate students, accelerated master's students have an advanced standing and must meet all master's degree requirements except for the two courses (6 credits) completed as undergraduates. Students will begin their master's program in the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree, and they may also begin in the summer term.

Reserve Graduate Credit

Students may take up to 6 additional graduate credits as reserve graduate credit. These credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree. The ability to take courses for reserve graduate credit is available to all high achieving undergraduates with permission of the School of Art. Permission to take a graduate course for reserve graduate credit is normally granted only to Mason seniors within 15 credit hours of graduation and must be approved by the Dean's Office.

To apply these credits to the master's degree, students must request that the credits be moved from the undergraduate degree to the graduate degree using the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form.