Bachelor of Fine Art

Sculpture in a warehouse.

A Bachelor of Fine Art degree is more studio oriented degree than a BA, with a refined focus on areas of concentrations supported by smaller, more defined programs of general studies. 

Our students come from diverse backgrounds, adding their own perspectives and experiences into the collective programs.

Our undergraduate majors regularly go on to graduate school at other prestigious universities, later building careers as leading artists, designers, artistic directors, researchers, scholars and educators in their disciplines.

Our studio art labs are spacious, well equipped and organized. Specialized studios support all major conventional, digital and experimental processes in art and design. Highlights include a biological arts laboratory, an electronics art lab, galleries for exhibition and experimentation, digital and multimedia labs, digital and analog photography labs, extensive printmaking labs, an audio lab, a large sculpture facility, including a laser cutter and one of largest university foundries in the Eastern United States.

Our highly ranked Department of Art faculty and staff consist of professionally and internationally active artists, scholars and technicians who make available a diverse range of discourse and expertise. A partial list of the fellowships secured by our faculty suggests its strength: Guggenheim Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Warhol Foundation, Terra Foundation, Smithsonian, Fulbright Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Capital Foundation, American Association of University Women, American Academy in Berlin, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the Corporation of Yaddo, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Chalmers Arts Fellowship. Teaching staff in the Department of Art include approximately 21 teaching assistants and 10 adjunct instructors annually.

Bachelor of Fine Art Concentrations include general studio, emerging practices, graphic design, painting, photography, print media and sculpture.

Prerequisite Courses

VS 200 Department of Art Speaker Series
VS 150 Visual Theory, Aesthetics, and Criticism
ART 120 3D Concepts
ART 140 Time Based Concepts

Required Courses

For Major

  • ART 105 2D Concepts
  • ART 111 Drawing Fundamentals
  • ART 120 3D Concepts
  • ART 140 Time-based Concepts
  • ART 207 Drawing I: Perception, Space, Illusion
  • ART 494 F Senior Thesis Project 1
  • ART 494 S Senior Thesis Project 2
  • VS 150 Visual Theory, Aesthetics, and Criticism
  • VS 200 Department of Art Speaker Series (3 times)
  • VS 260 Visual Theory, Aesthetics and Criticism II

Two of the following:

  • AHI 101 Survey of Art History I: Egypt to Renaissance
  • AHI 102 Survey of Art History II: Italian Renaissance to Contemporary
  • AHI 103 Survey of Art History III

Total Credit Hours Required

Credits Required for Major 81
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 40 
Additional Credits Required for Electives 0
Total Credits Required for Degree 121 

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Reinhard Reitzenstein.

B25 Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0551

Undergraduate Director
Sculpture Program Head
Associate Professor
Department of Art
College of Arts and Sciences