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Degree Requirements

Total credits: 120

Mason Core

Foundation Requirements
ENGH 101Composition (Mason Core) 13
ENGH 302Advanced Composition (Mason Core) 13
Oral Communication3
Quantitative Reasoning3
Information Technology 23
Core Requirements
Arts 33
Natural Science 47
Western Civilization/World History3
Global Understanding 53
Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Total Credits37

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
Select one from the following: 13
History of Western Art I (Mason Core)
Survey of Asian Art (Mason Core)
Survey of Latin American Art (Mason Core)
History of Photography (Mason Core)
History of Graphic Design
Experiential Design History
ARTH 201History of Western Art II (Mason Core)3
ARTH 374Art Now3
Three credits of3
Visual Voices Colloquium 2
AVT 307Aesthetics3
AVT 395Writing for Artists 33
or AVT 396 Writing for Designers
Breadth and Experience
Select three to four courses from the following: 412-13
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)
Sculpture I (Mason Core)
Interdisciplinary Arts (Mason Core)
Introduction to New Media Arts
Nontraditional Approaches to Drawing
Digital Printmaking
Sound Art I
EcoArt (Mason Core)
Special Topics
Other courses as approved by program director
Professional Practices
AVT 413Professional Design Practices 53
or AVT 453 Professional Practices
AVT 497Senior Project (Mason Core)3
or AVT 498 Senior Design Project (Mason Core)
Total Credits52-53

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.


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 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 Credits12

Graphic Design (GD)

All AVT majors concentrating in graphic design must complete 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 3 credits from the following:3
Experiential Design History
Advanced Typography
Web Design and Usability
Advertising Design
Topics in Graphic Design
Other courses as approved by program director
Total Credits12

New Media Art (NMA)

All students 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) for their IT Mason Core requirement.

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 Credits12

Painting (PNT)

All AVT 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
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Experimental Painting
Figurative Painting
Advanced Painting II
Advanced Painting III
Other courses as approved by program director
Total Credits12

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 3 credits from the following:3
Digital Photography II
Photobook: Concepts Form
Alternative Photo Processes
Digital Printing Techniques
Documentary Photography
Advanced Studio Lighting
Other courses as approved by program director
Total Credits12

Printmaking (PM)

AVT 343Printmaking II3
Select 9 credits from the following:9
Bookmaking: Books Enclosures
Paper/Print/Book as Language
Digital Printmaking
Printmaking III
Printmaking IV
Other courses as approved by program director
Total Credits12

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
Total Credits12
Concentration Electives

AVT 496 Special Topics or AVT 491 Independent Study in Art and Visual Technology may be taken with permission of respective program director.

General Electives

BA students must use some/all general electives to complete a18-19
Double Major
Double Degree 1
Intermediate-level proficiency in one foreign language
Remaining electives 2
Total Credits18-19

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


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, BA 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.