University at Buffalo
Department of


Art & Design

Art History

Visual Studies

Undergraduate Students

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Thinking about studying Art or Art History at UB?

The UB Department of Art unites the disciplines of art, graphic design, art history, and visual theory in a comprehensive program that professionalizes students for careers in art, education, and the creative industries.

The Art faculty at UB take a full spectrum approach to developing all the cognitive skills of our students to help ensure their success in their future endeavors. Students are given ample opportunity in the classroom and in the studio to exercise, develop, and refine their analytical and technical skills along with their creative and expressive abilities.

The Department of Art offers undergraduate degree programs in Fine Art, Studio Art and Art History, as well as a Studio Art Minor.

B.A. in Art History

B.A. in Studio Art

B.F.A. in Fine Art

B.A. and B.F.A. in Art

The Department of Art offers two types of bachelor’s degrees in art: the B.F.A., which is a focused fine art program, and a B.A. which is a liberal arts based program. The B.A. degree focuses on studio art within a broad program of general studies that allows the student to pursue a minor or double major in another program.  The B.F.A. degree focuses on intensive work in studio art concentrations, supported by a smaller, more defined program of general studies. There are courses in public art, drawing, performance art, art theory, web design, graphic novels and typography that are offered as part of the studio based programs.

B.A. in Art History

The Art History Program introduces students to the artwork and monuments of diverse cultures throughout history and explores the contributions of visual arts to culture. Students acquire the necessary tools and knowledge to understand the visual world that envelops them by examining everything from traditional media such as painting to architecture to digital media. Elements of the fabric of visual culture such as taste and patronage, myth and narrative, gender and race, and intercultural relations are pursued though a global approach to art history.

Careers and Further Study

As one would expect, department alumni include many artists who have national and international reputations via their acclaimed exhibitions, commissions, and awards. Alumni have also had great success in education, becoming professors or lecturers at leading colleges and universities or teachers at community colleges and secondary schools. In addition, alumni have entered a range of professions in places such as art galleries, museums, alternative art spaces, auction houses, design and advertising firms, and government agencies for culture as directors, designers, curators, preparators, installers, and art handlers, as well as finding themselves in conservation, fabrication, fund raising, and community outreach programming.

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Department of Art Undergraduate Advisor: Lisa Hewitt

Undergrad Catalogs

University Links

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