Graduate Programs

Important Links:

George Mason University Catalog: School of Art

George Mason University Graduate Admissions

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Degree Programs:

School of Art, Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Application Deadline: January 15

The MFA is a terminal degree that prepares students to become professional artsists, work in technology or arts- related fields, and teach at the university level. It requires 60 credits, during which time students fulfill 45 credits of core and studio requirements plus an additional 15 credits of comprehensive experience. MFA students may choose an emphasis in new media, painting, photography, printmaking, or critical art practices . The latter offers students the opportunity to combine art forms in interdisciplinary projects that may include installation, performance, publishing, time-based or writing-based, and to combine creative and critical approaches in their work.

School of Art, Master of Arts (MA) in Graphic Design
Application Deadline: October 15

The M.A. in Graphic Design curriculum includes knowledge of the discipline's literature as indicated in the following courses: History of Graphic Design and Design Seminar. Required readings will include content about the evolution and development of visual persuasion, marketing, branding, visual authorship, design ethics, and professional responsibility which form the theoretical underpinnings of graphic design.

School of Art, Master of Arts (MAT) in Teaching in Art Education

Application Deadline: Spring deadline - Oct. 15, Fall deadline - April 1st

This preservice degree program prepares students with a BFA degree for PK-12 art licensure by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Using a studio-based approach to art education and working closely with area public school systems, the MAT degree consists of 30 credits of graduate art education, school practicum experience, and independent studio work prior to pre-service teaching internship and seminar.