What Does it Mean to Study Art?

Students from Coalesce flying a rainbow kite on the football field

The University at Buffalo’s Department of Art is housed within New York State’s premier public university.

Work by Stacy Robinson

Our programs offer a unique convergence of contemporary art, technology, and critical discourse.

Our program combines rigorous studio art training with cutting edge technology and an interdisciplinary reach that few universities can match. In 2018, the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings put the University at Buffalo in the top 30 public universities in the nation. Within the context of a wide-ranging university education, art students at UB benefit from combining the studio curriculum with the study of art history and contemporary critical art theory. With the aid of our renowned research community and one-on-one faculty advising, students in the department of art escape the traditional boundaries of art and design.

Our school has rich collaborative relationships with several of UB’s research centers, including  The Genome Environment and Microbiome Community of Excellence and The UB Center for Sustainability. Students have 24/7 access to state of the art studios, galleries, libraries, Platform: UB’s socially engaged design center, and the acclaimed Coalesce: Center for Biological Arts. We also have a decade-long exchange program with China’s number one art school.

We are one of the most affordable Public universities, and we offer the most valuable merit scholarships in the SUNY system. Last year alone, UB administered $340 million in financial aid and scholarships.

Our PhD, MA, and MFA programs offer exceptional funding, resources, and real-world teaching experience.

Our visiting artist series includes Trevor Paglen, Angela Washko, Wafaa Bilal, Cathy Opie, Mel Chin, Pinar Yoldas, Stan Douglas, Oron Catts, and Ionat Zurr.

Over the course of the last twenty years, Buffalo has been home to radical movements in art, media studies, and poetry.

Come study at  Buffalo, come explore the chaos of the visual world.