24 months
1431 USD/credit 42930 USD/year
1431 USD/credit 42930 USD/year
543 USD/credit 16290 USD/year
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The MFA in Visual and Performing Arts degree at George Mason University  is a terminal which prepares students as professional artists and scholars who can work within their specialty and teach at the university level. 

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Creative work and skill building are at the core of the study. The   MFA in Visual and Performing Arts degree at George Mason University   is designed for serious and talented students who are prepared to examine modes of creative inquiry in an inclusive, unique environment that promotes exploration, analysis, synthesis, and development as artists.

Key Features 

  • The mission of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) is to advance the study, creation, performance, exhibition, and management of the arts, acting on the strong belief in their transformative influence on individuals and civilizations. 
  • Fusing the academic and the professional, the campus and the community, the past and the present, CVPA seeks to engage new art forms, populations, and ways of working to meet the needs of a changing world both inside and beyond the walls of the university. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

For Dance, concentration of MFA, Visual and Performing Arts: March 1st


60 SCH


On Campus

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General requirements

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.

MFA concentrations include:

  • Dance
  • Graphic Design
  • Theater
  • Visual Art

While the faculty anticipate that students will work through their coursework as described in this catalog, individuals with extensive professional accomplishment may craft an individualized program that meets curricular requirements. Individualized programs require the recommendation of the Graduate Committee within the student's respective school as well as the approval of the CVPA Associate Dean.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    42930 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1431 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    42930 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1431 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    16290 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 543 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Fairfax

1330 - 2300 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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