University at Buffalo
Department of


Art & Design

Art History

Visual Studies

Experiential Learning and Internships

Experiential Learning

PLATFORM is a socially engaged design studio in the graphic design concentration area in the Department of Art. It offers students hands-on learning opportunities to work on real-world design problems for both local and regional non-profits advocating for under-served communities. Students learn the value of an integrative, interdisciplinary design practice that encourages teamwork and collaboration and empowers them to be active members of their community.

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

Study Abroad

Students interested in study abroad have the opportunity to participate in numerous art-oriented programs around the globe. The Art History Program encourages majors to consider a junior year study abroad program. Such programs afford unique opportunities to gain first-hand knowledge of foreign cultures.

Interested students should make inquiries with:

Study Abroad Advisor
Office of International Student and Scholar Services
210 Talbert Hall
(716) 645-2258.

For further information visit UB Study Abroad.

The Department of Art faculty are building increasing opportunities for their students for international academic exchange and study. One example is the in depth art exchange between the Department of Art and the School of Fine Art at CAFA (Central Academy of Fine Arts) in Beijing, China. CAFA was identified as “China’s top art school” by The New York Times in 2008. The exchange between Art and the School of Fine Art has now grown into a full collaborative effort between the two institutions, resulting in the opportunity for Art MFA graduate students to work closely with their Chinese counterparts at CAFA in realizing intensive, productive residencies and high caliber art exhibitions in both countries, as well as an ambitious project publication.


Semester-long internships are available with prominent design and art studios in New York City and elsewhere; arranged through the Department of Art. Advanced students in all BA or BFA concentrations may also enroll locally in an internship course to gain practical experience. Placement is made in conjunction with faculty and includes design firms; commercial photographers; established art institutions or alternative art spaces. Internships are frequently available to Art History majors and minors at such local museums and galleries as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Anderson Art Gallery, Big Orbit, Burchfield Penney Art Center, the Castellani Art Museum, the Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Art (CEPA), the CFA Art Gallery, and Hallwalls. While internships may not be used to fulfill distribution requirements, they may be taken for credit.

For more details, see the External Internships and Art/Design Related Opportunities Information Sheet.

Independent Study — Art History

With the approval of a faculty sponsor, students may sign up for a 3-credit independent study to pursue an issue or topic emerging from their coursework in art history. An independent study may not be used as a substitute for required courses.

Student Organizations


The Student Visual Art Organization is an organization for undergraduate Art students interested in activities such as: organizing special exhibits and events, open figure drawing sessions, and trips to museums and galleries.

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