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George Mason University


George Mason University Masters Programs

Exceptional Offerings in the Arts with Ties to Latin America

George Mason UniversityGeorge Mason University, located in Fairfax, Virginia just outside the vibrant Washington, D.C. region, has one of the top five most diverse campuses in the country. “The campus is alive with the feeling of international culture. It’s a very lively place to be an artist,” explained Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Dr. Rick Davis.

Comprehensive & Interdisciplinary Programs

George Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts offers more than 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students seven exciting academic programs of study—ranging from music, dance, and theater to visual art, computer game design, film, and arts management. Regarding the school’s commitment to interdisciplinary practice, Dr. Davis noted, “Our programs are designed to break down traditional silo barriers. It’s not how art is made anymore. You just don’t do one thing.”

Mason’s School of Art offers outstanding concentrations in Drawing, Graphic Design, New Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. and rapidly expanding programs in Film and Video Studies and Computer Game Design. The School of Dance is among the nation’s most competitive modern dance programs, and the School of Theater was recently ranked number one in Virginia. The School of Music offers a full range of programs, from performance to education to composition, at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels.

Mason’s selective MFA in Visual and Performing Arts allows students to concentrate in graphic design, fine arts, dance, or theatre in addition to an interdisciplinary education encompassing other desired fields. The M.A. in Arts Management offers preparation for a wide variety of administrative leadership roles in the visual and performing arts and has a strong international focus.

Strong Ties to Latin America

Beyond having highly talented students from Latin America, Mason employs an exceptional faculty of practicing artists—many with links to Latin America. “You have to be doing the thing that you are teaching,” explained Dr. Davis. Faculty such as new media luminary Edgar Endress; Latin Grammy Award winner, percussionist Joe McCarthy; and jazz saxophone luminary Xavier Perez. There is also a strong cadre of current students and alumni with ties to the region—enriching learning opportunities and paving the way for continued ties between Mason and Latin countries.

Costa Rica Program

Starting in the Spring of 2017, the School of Music at Mason is partnering with the Instituto Nacional de la Musica/SiNEM in Costa Rica to create an incredible opportunity for students to learn first-hand how music can transform lives. The exchange program, which will focus on cultural outreach and community engagement, will involve instrument distribution, joint concerts, and language lessons.

Mason prepares students to be agents of change across the world and to thrive as professional artists. “We are aware that the arts have something to say to the world, and we want to make beautiful things, but we do it in the context of serious decision making,” concluded Dr. Davis.


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