Graduate Overview

Graduate student working during open studios.

The Department of Art unites the disciplines of art, art history and theory. Practicing artists and designers are expected to cultivate research, theory and history in their work, and concurrently art historians, theorists and curators are compelled to engage with multiple visual platforms and environments beyond the traditional discourse of art.

Our graduate program’s emphasis on interdisciplinary practice, supported by the university’s comprehensive research facility, is at the core of our departmental mission. We have developed internationally-recognized programs, emphasizing work of the highest quality, as well as maintaining our long history of the cutting edge research in art.

Graduate students in the Department of Art represent some of the brightest new talents in the fields of innovative art creation and conceptual theories.

Degree Options

The MFA program brings together the practice and history of art and design, as well as the theoretical and historical study of visual culture in its wider context. Faculty mentor students as they develop their potential  through intensive discourse, investigation of new techniques and materials, and the production of challenging work.
The MA in Visual Studies is a two-year 36-credit program of study designed for a small, highly selective body of students who have already identified an intellectual project in keeping with faculty specializations. If admitted to the Visual Studies MA, you will work closely with faculty in developing an interdisciplinary course of study. Though it is a degree program, the MA in Visual Studies should be viewed as a stepping-stone to an eventual PhD, although acceptance in the MA program in Visual Studies does not guarantee admission to our PhD program.
Critical Museum Studies is a pre-professional interdisciplinary MA program with coursework in Art, Anthropology, and Arts Management. Students are required to take courses in each of the three core programs, providing an interdisciplinary perspective and preparing graduates for real world applications of their degree.
The PhD program in Visual Studies is a small program for motivated, independently-minded scholars invested in critical discourses that analyze and challenge the social norm.

Contact Us

Matt Kenyon.

226A Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0535

Assistant Professor
Director, Graduate Program
Department of Art
College of Arts and Sciences