Platform: A community-based graphic design studio.
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PLATFORM is a socially engaged design program in the graphic design concentration area in the Department of Art. The studio is part of the BA and BFA programs in the graphic design concentration area and starting in Fall 2021 an MA degree will be offered. Students in other departments are able to participate. Through a set of courses, the program offers students hands-on learning opportunities to work on real-world design problems for both local and regional nonprofits that advocate for underserved communities. Students learn the value of an integrative, interdisciplinary design practice that encourages teamwork and collaboration, empowering them to be active members of their community.

  • Participate in a socially-engaged design studio
  • Develop your portfolio with real-world client projects
  • Learn skills in teamwork and client management

What Types of Projects Does Platform Create?

Students work in collaboration with Partnership for the Public Good, a community-based think tank based in Buffalo that provides research and advocacy support to a variety of partners. Students produce a broad range of graphic materials that include branding systems and logos, infographics and visualization, digital marketing and promotional materials for community organizations such as Our Outer Harbor, Buffalo Transit Riders Union and Open Buffalo’s Emerging Leader’s Mentorship Program.

How Can I Be a Part of It?

If you would like to learn more about PLATFORM please email Stephanie Rothenberg

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