College of Visual and Performing Arts

The College of Visual and Performing Arts is much more than a collection of classrooms; it's a community of artists in art, dance, music, theater, arts management, film and video studies, and computer game design.

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. Through our seven academic programs, two performing arts centers, and a community arts school, we educate the artists of tomorrow and inspire people of all ages to engage in the arts as creators, consumers, and citizens.

At Mason, you’ll be supported and encouraged while following your own individual artistic path. Your talent is your own. Let us help you build your skills to reach your full potential.

Rick Davis

Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts, George Mason University
Professor, School of Theater
Executive Director, Hylton Performing Arts Center,

Davis, who has been working with the university since 1992, oversees seven academic programs and two performing arts centers.

“I have worked on both academic, and non-academic fronts…I’ve had about five different [roles] at the University. The first was running our theater company, and chairing the theater department. And then I became interim director of the Institute of the Arts, which is a predecessor to the college that we now have. Then artistic director for our Center of the Arts in Fairfax, and then Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, and then I came to the Hylton [Performing Arts] Center in 2011,” said Davis. (From PotomacLocal.com)

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