The minor leverages artistic and creative practice in 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.


Students must complete an approved AVT course for their Mason Core Arts requirement.

Special topics courses will be notated in Patriot Web as a designated Arts and Social Change course.

Twelve credits of coursework must be unique to the minor. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: ASC

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 21


AVT 390Video Art3
AVT 393Field Experience in the Arts3
AVT 496Special Topics 13
Total Credits9

Must be a designated Arts and Social Change section.

Breadth and Experience

Select two courses from the following:6
Art as Social Action
Paper/Print/Book as Language
Sculpture II
Sound Art I
EcoArt (Mason Core)
Documentary Photography
Total Credits6

Affiliated Courses

Select two courses from the following:6
The Arts and Community Engagement
Introduction to Grant Writing
Environment and Culture
Conflict Resolution Techniques and Practice
Culture, Identity, and Conflict
Dialogue and Difference
Documentary Filmmaking
Special Topics in Film and Video Studies 1
Multilingualism, Identity, and Power (Mason Core)
Social Justice Consciousness and Action
Globalization and Social Change (Mason Core)
Social Inequality (Mason Core)
Special Topics in Theater 1
Or other courses as approved by program director
Total Credits6

Must be a designated Arts and Social Change section.