Graduate Overview

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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, while art historians, theorists, and curators are encouraged to engage with multiple visual platforms and environments beyond the traditional discourse of art.

Our graduate program is designed to take full advantage of the resources available at our flagship research university. Interdisciplinary practice is at the core of our departmental mission, as is maintaining our long history of cutting-edge research in art, design, and emerging fields.

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 headshot.

226A Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0535

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

230A Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0537

Academic Advisor
Department of Art
College of Arts and Sciences

230A Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0537