BA in Studio Art

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The BA in Studio Art at UB is a liberal arts degree with a focus on studio art. This allows a student to pursue a minor or double major in another program. 

Students who enter the BA in Studio Art program at UB come from diverse backgrounds, but maintain a passion for art. The first years of study primarily focus on elevating a student's existing knowledge of art history and foundation fundamentals. These courses will provide the bedrock for all 300- and 400-level courses. 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.

Bachelors of Art Concentrations

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge of:

  • A broad, applied knowledge of fundamental strategies, and methods of contemporary art-making and photography.
  • A facility with a specific set of tools and/or techniques of photographic production.
  • How to deepen their creative intellect and artistic problem-solving skills. 
  • How to acquire professional experience to equip them for professional practice and/or advanced study in their field.
  • How to acquire critical discursive skills, for presenting their work, explaining their concepts and critically engaging the work of others.
  • How to acquire analytical skills to enable them to access (latent and manifest) meanings in visual images, developing their visual literacy.
  • How to acquire a solid understanding of the roles of art and visual culture in a particular historical period and/or world culture. 

Suggested Introductory Courses

Required Courses

All concentrations

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

Graphic Design concentration

Photography concentration

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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