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 at UB come from diverse backgrounds, but they share a passion for art. The first years of study primarily focus on developing a student's existing knowledge of art history and foundation fundamentals. These courses will provide the bedrock for all 300- and 400-level courses. Many of our undergraduate majors go on to graduate school at other prestigious universities, 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, students are equipped with:

  • 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.
  • Strategies to deepen their creative intellect and hone their artistic problem-solving skills. 
  • Preparation for professional practice and/or advanced study in their field.
  • Critical skills for presenting their work, explaining concepts, and critically engaging with the work of others.
  • Analytical skills to enable them to access latent and manifest meanings in visual images, developing their visual literacy.
  • A solid understanding of the roles of art and visual culture in particular historical periods and cultures. 

Suggested Introductory Courses

Required Courses

All concentrations

  • 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 150 Visual Theory, Aesthetics, and Criticism
  • VS 200 Department of Art Speaker Series (2 times)

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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