College of Visual and Performing Arts
George Mason University
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George Mason University

What Will I Study?


Mason Theater students are largely self-directed within the structures of our degree programs. The School of Theater offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Theater and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Stage and Screen Studies.


For the B.F.A.:

For the B.A.:

Common Courses 

All students take courses in the following:

  • theater history
  • literature and criticism
  • acting
  • directing
  • script analysis
  • design aesthetics
  • technical theater

in addition to choosing electives from area specialties. For a full list of classes, please visit the catalog.


Students earn credit working on Mason Players productions, and on approved projects found in our professional theater community.

Graduate Studies

Students can pursue graduate studies in the following areas:

​and take advantage of selected graduate opportunities in other concentration areas.

CVPA Graduate Admissions is a self-managed system administered by the University’s Graduate Admissions Office

Contact CVPA graduate admissions

* As MAIS is in a different college, prospective students will need to contact both that department and the Theater department for assistance with an application.

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