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Art History Minor

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

Why study Art History Minor at UB?

*Not a baccalaureate degree program

The Art History program is committed to exploring the visual arts (painting, sculpture, performance art, graphic arts, architecture, photography, and decorative arts) and today’s broad and immersive visual world as tools for exploring and decoding culture. The Art History faculty members use a diverse range of methodological approaches to help students attain the necessary tools and knowledge to understand our visual world. Courses are offered from ancient to contemporary art history, with specific attention to social history, gender, race, post-colonialism, the context of history and politics, and myth and narrative. 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 for 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, in on-campus museums and galleries and in the museums and the rich architectural landscape of Buffalo. Introductory-level lectures train students in techniques of visual decoding. Subsequent classes mix lectures with engaged student discussion and participation. Advanced students participate in a capstone course for seniors and have the option to take 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, and we are also strong in ancient art and the relationship between art and political activism. Our faculty are specialists in theory, nineteenth and 20th-century European art, performance and post-war American art — all 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 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, Aperature Foundation, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, National Science Foundation and TED. Teaching staff in the Department of Art include approximately 21 teaching assistants and 10 adjunct instructors annually.

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 art-info@buffalo.edu 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: Jun 29, 2022 13:26:12