University at Buffalo
Department of


Art & Design

Art History

Visual Studies

M.F.A. in Studio Art

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The MFA in ART is a full-time, two-year, program that exceeds traditional boundaries between disciplines and encourages cross-disciplinary research. MFA students reconcile scholarly interests with creative action to define a unique and individual practice – a practice that will carry forward beyond graduate study. Individual and group interactions with peers and faculty form the core of the program, supplemented by frequent visits with artists, designers, and scholars from a wide range of disciplines. This is a rigorous program that requires a serious work ethic and the ability to chart a personal course of artistic development.

Enrollment in the M.F.A. program is limited to 22 full-time students. Informal and formal interactions with resident faculty, visiting artists, designers, critics and peers form the core of graduate level involvement.

Studios and Facilities

Students have private or semi-private studios and access to departmental facilities and communal labs. Shared labs support photography (digital and black-and-white non-silver), print media (lithography, intaglio, screen, digital, relief and letterpress), sculpture (full wood and metal shops, bronze foundry and digital lab with laser cutter), graphic design, video/sound recording and editing, electronic/physical computing, painting, drawing, performance and biological art. All studios and labs have wireless high-speed connections.
> Read about Art facilities, labs, and other resources

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The Department of Art has generous financial aid options such as Teaching Assistantship (TA) Scholarship Awards. TA Scholarship Awards are designed to attract and support graduate students who have exceptional academic and artistic merit. TAs receive a stipend equal to about $14,000 per academic year and also receive a full tuition scholarship.
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Department of Art Speaker Series

Fall lecture series features renowned artists, critics and curators. Students have the opportunity to conduct individual studio visits. Past visitors have included Ryan Trecartin, Catherine Opie, Lyle Ashton Harris, Karen Finley, Douglas Crimp, The Yes Men, Xu Bing, Maurizio Cattelan, Claire Pentecost, Mel Chin, Stan Douglas, Trevor Paglan, William Pope L., Michelle Grabner and Jens Hoffman.
> Current Speaker Series Lineup

Interdisciplinary Research Opportunities

Beijing Graduate Exchange Program is a cross-cultural collaborative program offering graduate students residencies with the Academy of Arts & Design at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Coalesce Center for Biological Arts  is a hybrid studio laboratory facility for artists and designers. It is dedicated to enabling hands-on creative engagement with tools and technologies of the life sciences.

Emerging Practices is a joint MFA venture between the Department of Art and the Department of Media Study. It focuses on the interdisciplinary space between emerging technologies and the arts. EP students are focused on exploring the technical, tactical, cultural and communicative potential of emerging technologies such as interactive media, electronic installation, robotics, biotechnology and algorithmic image synthesis.

Technē Institute for Arts and Emerging Technologies is a hub for experimental art that sponsors annual symposia and artist workshops.

Humanities Institute provides a forum for cross discipline scholarship through faculty and student research fellowships, lectures, conferences and publications.

M.F.A. Program Plan

For current graduate course listings click here

M.F.A. in Studio Art Faculty:

202 Center for the Arts, North Campus
Buffalo, New York 14260-6010
(716) 645-6878
(716) 645-6970 fax
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