College of Visual and Performing Arts
George Mason University
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Theater Programs

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Theater, BA

Entrance into the BA program is by interview and audition or portfolio review. Theater majors earning a BA in Theater may select one of the following concentrations: Performance (Acting and Directing); Design and Technical Theater; Playwriting and Dramaturgy; and Theater Studies; or may choose from among the different concentrations. Majors are expected to participate in Theater at Mason productions and will be required to demonstrate growing proficiency in their chosen concentration prior to the confirmation of the BFA degree. The Theater BA requires a student to minor in another subject.

Theater, BFA

Entrance into the BFA program is by interview and audition or portfolio review.

Masters Degrees

Arts Management, MA

The MA in arts management responds to a growing demand for graduates who can manage and coordinate the arts, bridging the worlds of performing and visual arts with applied managerial skills. The Washington, D.C., region is home to one of the nation’s largest concentrations of arts organizations. The demand for arts managers with skills in financial and budgetary management, strategic management and entrepreneurship, and public relations, including marketing and advertising, has arguably never been more acute.

Visual and Performing Arts, MFA

The MFA in Visual and Performing Arts is a terminal degree which prepares students as professional artists and scholars who can work within their specialty (Dance, Graphic Design, Theater, and Visual Art), and teach at the university level. Candidates are required to complete 60 credits, of which 30 are made up from core requirements. An additional 30 credits are based on concentration area and comprehensive experience.


Arts Management, Minor

The fields of visual and performing arts offer many career paths that rely on a strong foundation in one or more art forms and require specific knowledge and skills in administration and management.  The minor in arts management is open to all CVPA majors as well as art history majors, and to all other students upon completion of nine credits of arts-related course work.


Audio Production Minor

Students receive training to work behind the scenes in productions. Requirements for this minor include classes such as Music and Technology as well as Sound Engineering.

Event Technical Production Minor

The 15-credit Event Technical Production Minor provides the opportunity to study special event management and event technologies, design and production for installations and special events.  Students will gain insights into industry standards and practices regarding planning, managing, and executing live events and presentations.  

This minor is offered collaboratively by the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ School of Theater and the College of Education and Human Development’s School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism.  

Theater Minor

The Minor in Theater does not require audition or interview. Completion of the minor requires 18 credits of Theater courses, 9 of which are prescribed. Required courses include Fundamentals of Production, Acting 2, and Script Analysis. Theater as a minor can enrich a student’s skillset for a variety of career paths. 



Graduate Certificates

Teaching Theater PK-12, Graduate Certificate

The Teaching Theater PK–12 Graduate Certificate is a pre-service program that prepares students who hold an undergraduate degree in Theatre (BFA, BA or equivalent) for Theatre Arts licensure by the Commonwealth of Virginia. In conjunction with the College of Education and Human Development, the Certificate curriculum consists of graduate-level Theater and Education courses, field experience observation and pre-service teaching internship.

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