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Before you Apply

Know UB’s SAT and ACT Codes
SAT or ACT standardized test scores must be submitted directly from the testing agency. UB’s SAT code is 2925. The ACT code is 2978.

Understand How to Select UB on Your Application
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  • On the SUNY Application, select “Buffalo, University at.”
  • On the Common Application, select “University at Buffalo (SUNY).”

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Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
TOEFL is required for applicants whose native language is not English. This is to ensure that language skills don’t prevent students from successfully completing university-level courses in the United States.

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

Degrees Offered

  • BA in Art History
  • BA in Studio Art
    concentrations:
    • General Studio
    • Graphic Design
    • Photography
  • Minor in Studio Art
  • BFA in Fine Art
    concentrations:
    • General Studio
    • Emerging Practices
    • Graphic Design
    • Painting
    • Photography
    • Print Media
    • Sculpture

BA in Art History Admissions Requirements

Academic Requirements

Majors begin by taking two survey courses (AHI 101 and AHI 102) that introduce the issues and major monuments of art history. Building on this foundation, students complete six upper-level AHI electives courses. These advanced courses provide more focused examinations of the history and concerns of specific societies. Majors are additionally required to take a pro-seminar, which provides a basic introduction to the debates and methods of the field; a methods course; and three sequential semesters of language study, or the equivalent. While a senior honors thesis is not required, majors are encouraged to consider undertaking such a project during their final year.

Transfer Students in Art History

All Art History transfer courses must be evaluated and approved by the department. Generally, the following transfer courses will be accepted: the equivalent of AHI 101 and AHI 102 covering the history of art from ancient to modern, and any two of the area courses. Transcripts are required for all courses, and course descriptions are required for any of the area courses.

BA and BFA Undergraduate Applicants

Entering Freshmen

Students accepted to the University that indicate “Fine Art” (BFA) or “Studio Art” (BA) as their intended major on their UB application will be block registered into fall semester Art Foundation Art Program courses on a first-come, first-serve basis. For information on how to apply to UB, contact UB Undergraduate Admissions.

At the beginning of the spring semester of the freshman year, students who have earned a GPA of 2.5 or above in their Fall foundations courses will automatically be accepted into the Department of Art. Students that have a GPA in foundations courses of less than 2.5 will have to pass a portfolio review/interview during the spring semester of the freshman year to be accepted as an Art major. Contact the Academic Advisor, Lisa Hewitt, for more information on the review process.

Currently Enrolled UB Students

Currently enrolled UB students with a minimum 2.5 GPA are eligible to apply to the Department of Art’s BA or BFA degree programs. Freshman Foundation courses are required for all Art BA/BFA degrees. Students are encouraged to take Foundations courses before taking upper-level courses.

Transfer Students in Studio and Fine Arts

Students accepted to UB must apply to and be accepted by the Department of Art, and must have a minimum 2.5 GPA to be eligible to apply. Transfer courses will be evaluated for application to the major.

All Art History transfer courses must be evaluated and approved by the department. Generally, the following transfer courses will be accepted: the equivalent of AHI 101 and AHI 102 covering the history of art from ancient to modern, and any two of the area courses. Transcripts are required for all courses, and course descriptions are required for any of the area courses.

Advanced Placement

The Department of Art gives studio art or open elective credit for AP, depending on the score, but this does not waive any departmental requirements.

Minor in Studio Art

The Department of Art offers a minor sequence in Studio Art for students who are doing their major work in other departments. The objective of this program is to allow UB student in diverse academic major programs to be engaged in the study and making of art. The students will get an overview of critical and aesthetic issues in art today as well as gain a technical skill set in media areas of their choice. The study of art leads to greater awareness of visual culture, manual/technical skills, critical thinking and problem solving ability.

Acceptance Criteria

  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 overall
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 in art courses

Application Deadlines

Early Action application deadline: Nov. 15
Scholarship consideration application deadline: Dec. 15
Regular decision application deadline: Feb. 1

Students can continue to submit an application for fall consideration until capacity is reached.