Art and Design Building

The Art and Design building, designed by Ayers Saint Gross, is a $25 million, 88,000-square-foot, award-winning facility, which houses all School of Art studio instructional areas. The facility nearly doubled the amount of space dedicated to studios, shops, and lecture classrooms and expanded gallery and exhibition preparation facilities. The introduction of Internet2 technology in lecture halls and studio spaces provides global opportunities for students to participate in and collaborate with artists on national and international projects, competitions, critiques, and discussions. Ayers Saint Gross, who lives in Washington, D.C., earned recognition with three distinctive awards for the design of the facility:

  • The American Institute of Architects Baltimore, Maryland, 2008 Exceptional Design Award;
  • the Honor Award for Design Excellence—2010 Fairfax County Exceptional Design Awards;
  • and the 2010 American Institute of Architects Potomac Valley Design Award.

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Computer Labs

Graphic Design classes take place exclusively in Mason’s Macintosh-based design labs.  Fully loaded with industry-standard print and web design software.  New Media offers cutting edge technology contextualized within the broad arena of contemporary art practices, including video art, performance, digital animation, and internet art. Studios are equipped with Mac Pro Computers with 30” displays and loaded with a wide range of current mainstream software programs covering video and sound editing, 2D and 3D animation, web development, image-making and interactivity.  New Media Art students also have the opportunity to work in the New Media Arts Experimental Lab.

Painting and Drawing Studios

Painting/Drawing is housed in a suite of individual painting and drawing studios on the top floor of the Art & Design Building. The painting and drawing programs embrace a wide variety of practices, rooted both in historical precedent and cutting edge contemporary issues.


Photography Labs

Photography features two Apple Mac Pro based labs for both traditional and digital practices, a large Black and White Darkroom with 18 Beseler 45MXT enlargers capable of printing from 35mm to large format negatives, color facility featuring a Kreonite color processor, traditional color enlarger and laser printing equipment capable of creating 30” x 40” color photographs, and a mural printing area, for both the honing of craft and the development of conceptual frameworks

.Studio Lighting Photography class

Printmaking Studio

Printmaking is housed in a fully equipped printmaking studio, and offers its students a full range of printmaking techniques and practices, as well as opportunities for collaboration.  4,200 sq. ft. of fully equipped studios for paper, printmaking and book arts.

  • Brand and Takach etching presses; Takach litho press
  • Nuarc platemaker and washout unit for screenprinting
  • 2 lb. Reina Hollander beater
  • Vacuum table, drybox and various papermaking moulds up to 4’ x 8’
  • Hydraulic platen press, size 34’ x 42”
  • Kutrimmer and hand tools for bookmaking
  • Access to digital media
  • Designated graduate printmaking studio
  • Risograph RZ590 for rapid production of prints, posters, zines and books


Sculpture Studio

Sculpture offers a large, fully equipped shop, in which a wide variety of activities are embraced; woodworking studio, metal fabrication studio, a large outside work courtyard, and access to digital media.  Students also have the opportunity to exhibit and install temporary works throughout the Fairfax campus.



School of Art Print Studio

The School of Art Print Studio offers a wide variety of printing and production services, all processed with high quality materials on state-of-the-art equipment.  Our services are ideal for archival exhibition prints, design portfolios, mixed-media paintings, posters, books, student assignments, proofs, and more. As a non-profit studio, we work hard to give you the best deal around.  Use our on-site color-calibrated lobby monitors to preview what your finished prints will look like, and receive assistance from our trained staff.

School of Art Print Shop
Art and Design Building, Room 1001
(703) 993-7203