The College of Visual and Performing Arts embraces a vibrant community of artists actively learning, teaching, practicing and creating a wide variety of art forms. We are Mason Arts, and through our seven academic programs, two performing arts centers, and four community arts programs, we educate the artists of tomorrow and inspire people of all ages to engage in the arts as creators, consumers, and citizens.

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Arts majors at George Mason University
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George Mason students take arts courses each year
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Masters in Arts Education, MA and MFA Graphic Design students
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Total music majors at the bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels

Rick Davis, Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, shares a welcome message and a glance around the College.

Our Mission

The College of Visual and Performing Arts is dedicated to advancing the study, creation, performance, and exhibition of the arts, acting on a strong belief in their transformative influence on individuals and societies. The College honors the values of great traditions in the arts while actively engaging in the creation of new works and ideas. This distinctive fusion of the academic and the professional, the campus and the community, the past and the present, defines the college as it engages new art forms, communities, and ways of working to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world.

All That Jazz

The George Mason Jazz Studies program (instrumental and vocal) offers opportunities for improvisation, performance, recording, writing, leadership and service.