With interests and goals in mind, academic advisors will help formulate academic plans. Advisors are dedicated to creating an atmosphere in which students can discover their potential, set and reach individual goals, explore and plan appropriate academic study, and prepare for success after graduation. 

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Undergraduate Advising

In-Person and Virtual Walk-in Hours: 

Mondays, 10:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.

(fall and spring semester only) 

Access virtual walk-in session on Zoom

(you will enter virtual "waiting room")

Email Robert Yi

Tel: 703-993-9617

 Schedule Advising as a Non-AVT Major

  1. Visit the Schedule an Advising appointment link
  2. Enter your netID and password
  3. Submit and confirm your password-sharing preference before clicking on “Accept.”
  4. Click “Schedule your advising appointment” on the top right
  5. Select Advising Outside of College
  6. Select the service you need (declare/change major/minor, minor advising, etc.)
  7. Select School of Art as the location
  8. Select the advisor
  9. Choose the day and time of your appointment
  10. Add comments and your cell number for a text reminder (optional)
  11. Click Confirm Appointment. You will receive confirmation and reminder email

For all questions, configuration concerns, and feedback with Navigate Mason, please contact the Office of Student Success and Academic Services.

For all other inquiries please contact the School of Art main office.

Appointment Policies


Situations arise that may create a need to cancel/reschedule an appointment. You can cancel/reschedule your appointment through the online system, emailing the main office or calling 703-993-8898. We ask you to respect the advisor’s time by canceling appointments two hours in advance.


During peak advising periods, appointment times are at a premium. If you are more than 15 minutes late, you must reschedule through the online system. If you do not cancel an appointment two hours in advance, your absence will be noted as a “no-show.” Advisors give priority to students who keep their appointment times. Repeat offenders will not be able to schedule appointments until the end of the peak-advising season.

Preparing For Your Advising Appointment

  • Arrive on time so the advising appointment can be utilized efficiently.
  • Be prepared to discuss and explore course options, address academic problems or concerns, and make decisions about the upcoming semester.
  • Make a list of potential courses for the next semester you are interested in taking.
  • Explore your Degree Evaluation in PatriotWeb.
  • Be prepared to take notes.

Learning Outcomes

By participating in academic advising at George Mason University you will:

  • Reflect on goals and motivations in order to take ownership of educational choices.
  • Engage in a process of self-reflection, self-discovery, and self-awareness.
  • Learn how to be a self-advocate and how to locate and utilize available resources such as the Learning Services, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Office of Disability Services (ODS), Assistive Technology Initiative (ATI), and Writing Center.
  • Improve your decision-making and problem solving skills by asking questions.
  • Be empowered to take responsibility for your choices and learn from those choices, actions, and outcomes.
  • Develop the ability to connect learning across the curriculum and to integrate learning and experience.
  • Develop a deeper sense of social responsibility and ethics by thinking about your relationship to the world and the community, both during and following college.
  • Be able to identify and communicate the transferable skills gained through your educational experiences.
  • Develop the skills and commitment needed to seek out opportunities for lifelong learning.

Advisor And Advisee Roles And Responsibilities


  • Provide an encouraging and supportive environment for students to share their goals, concerns, and interests.
  • Actively listen to questions and concerns and assist in development of decision-making skills, self-evaluation skills, and educational plans.
  • Understand and effectively communicate George Mason University degree requirements.
  • Assist students in making informed course decisions utilizing PatriotWeb and Degree Evaluation tools.
  • Refer students to appropriate campus resources, organizations, and faculty/staff members as needed to facilitate academic performance and enhance your college experience.
  • Maintain confidentiality of student records as outlined in the University Catalog.
  • Create a safe, positive environment to freely explore ideas and interests regarding personal, academic, and career goals.
  • Uphold the values, policies, and procedures of their schools, departments, and George Mason University.


  • At least once per semester, schedule regular and timely appointments with their advisors.
  • Attend advising appointments as scheduled.
  • Ask questions about the role institutional policies and procedures, general education requirements, academic programs, and student services are apart of the academic experience.
  • Explore campus services, such as Learning Services, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Office of Disability Services (ODS), Assistive Technology Initiative (ATI), Writing Center, Math Tutoring Center,
  • Explore extracurricular activities in order to facilitate your academic achievements.
  • Regularly review their academic progress utilizing GMU advising tools (Degree Evaluation/DegreeWorks) and assume responsibility for meeting academic requirements.
  • Craft educational plans based on assessment of abilities, aspirations, interests, and values. Be thoughtful of your educational plan. Set short-term and long-term goals for achievements.
  • Read both print and electronic university communication and respond when required.
  • Assume responsibility for all decisions and actions that may impact academic and career options.
  • Be aware of your rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

The Family Educational Rights And Privacy Act (FERPA)

This is a federal law that gives protection to student educational records and provides students with certain rights. These rights include:

  • Inspect and review their educational records;
  • Request the amendment of inaccurate or misleading records;
  • Consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in their educational record;
  • File a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by an educational institution to comply with this law

See more information at the Office of the Registrar’s website.

Communication Protocol

E-mail communication via a student’s college-issued e-mail account is the mandatory method of communication at George Mason University. Due to privacy regulations, the advisor will communicate solely through your college-issued account. While some inquiries may be resolved through e-mail correspondence, most situations benefit from scheduling a face-to-face appointment for further discussion.

Advisors are available to answer some questions via e-mail. E-mails to advisors are professional communications, so please include: first name, last name, and G-number. An advisor will return your message within three business days. Advisors cannot advise over the phone due to FERPA regulations.

Current Students Transferring from BA to BFA

For current George Mason students in the School of Art BA program who wish to change to the BFA program, there are certain criteria for eligibility:

  • You must have a cumulative GPA of 2.85 or better
  • You must be at least 30 credits from degree completion
  • You must meet with your Academic Advisor for approval

If you have any questions, please email the main School of Art office or call 703-993-8898.

Changing from another major to Art and Visual Technology

For Current George Mason students outside the AVT major who wish to change to the BA or BFA program, a portfolio submission is no longer required.

  • You must have a current term GPA of 2.85 or better
  • A meeting with the School of Art Academic Advisor is required.

If you have any questions, please email the main School of Art office or call 703-993-8898.

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Graduate Advising
Robert Yi
Robert Yi, Graduate Advisor

Advising Appointment Scheduling

If you have general questions about graduate studies at CVPA or need assistance with the CVPA graduate studies application process, please email CVPA Graduate Admissions or call 703-993-5576.

Schedule an appointment with the graduate advisor, Robert Yi.

Please read the important advising and appointment policies above.