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Art History BA

(HEGIS: 10.03 ART HISTORY&APPRECIATION, CIP: 50.0703 Art History, Criticism and Conservation)

Why study Art History BA at UB?

The Art History program is committed to exploring the visual arts as tools for decoding culture among today’s broad and immersive visual world. Art History faculty members use a diverse range of approaches to help students access a deeper understanding of the visual arts and visual culture (painting, sculpture, performance art, graphic arts, architecture, photography, decorative arts, print media, film, and television). Courses are offered from ancient to contemporary art history and explore topics ranging from the role of myth and narrative in ancient art to the role of art and media in contemporary society. Course instruction centers on critical thinking about the visual and draws on the social, critical race, feminist, post-colonial, and queer histories of art and visual studies. An art history major is ideal for students who wish to pursue a career in the arts, but it is equally valuable for those seeking to develop visual, analytical and communication skills.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Acquire analytical skills to enable them to access meanings in visual images and develop a visual literacy
  • Acquire a solid understanding of the roles of art and visual culture in a particular historical period and/or world culture
  • Develop skills in critical writing, including the organization of a thesis and its defense
  • Acquire skills and methods tor conducting historical research
  • Acquire a substantial understanding of art as a specific epistemic and historically important category of human expression and discovery

The Learning Environment

The Art History program takes place in lecture halls and small seminar rooms. Students also travel to globally-renowned art museums and institutions and visit on-campus galleries and museums as well as other off-site artistic spaces spanning the rich architectural landscape of Buffalo. Introductory-level lectures train students in techniques of visual analysis and decoding. Subsequent classes mix lectures with engaged student discussion and participation. Advanced students participate in a capstone course in their final academic year of study, with the option to take in-depth seminars and work closely with professors.

About Our Facilities

In addition to a variety of classrooms, UB Art History boasts access to multiple on-campus galleries that provide a continuous stream of exhibitions of historical and contemporary art and offer an array of internship opportunities for students.

About Our Faculty

Our faculty are concentrated in the modern and contemporary period, while also active in the study of ancient art and the relationship between art and political activism. Our faculty are specialists in theory; criticism; 19th and 20th-century art, visual media, architecture, and public space; and contemporary art, — all with which are examined with careful attention to questions of gender, race and ethnicity.

The 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 and grants secured by our faculty suggests its strength: Rockefeller Foundation, Warhol Foundation, Terra Foundation, Smithsonian, Fulbright Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Capital Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the Corporation of Yaddo, Chalmers Arts Fellowship, Aperture Foundation, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin; New York Foundation for the Arts; New York State Council for the Arts, National Science Foundation and TED.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Department of Art website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

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. UB Art alumni can qualify for a range of professions that involve creative problem solving, critical thinking and an understanding of cultural context, including art galleries, museums, alternative spaces and auction houses.

Our alumni include many artists who have national and international reputations from their acclaimed exhibitions, commissions, and awards. Alumni have also had great success in education, becoming professors or lecturers at leading colleges and universities or teachers at community colleges and secondary schools. In addition, alumni have entered a range of professions in places such as art galleries, museums, alternative art spaces, auction houses, design and advertising firms, and government agencies for culture as directors, designers, curators, preparators, installers and art handlers, as well as finding themselves in conservation, fabrication, fund raising, and community outreach programming.

Academic Advising

The Department of Art has advisory staff who work alongside Central Advising to assist students as they make decisions about their educational directions. These staff can help plan academic programs, explore scholarship options, find independent study and internship opportunities, and help the student keep on track to successfully graduate and enter the job market.

Please visit the main office, CFA 202, or email to make an appointment.

Scholarships and Financial Support

The Department of Art offers multiple scholarship, award, and prize opportunities every year. There are opportunities offered for all degree types, either in an application open to all ART students or restricted to students enrolled in a specific course or concentration. Funding is for art-related travel and study, art supplies, tuition help, and general support.

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Published: Feb 01, 2023 08:49:35