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Fine Arts BFA - Emerging Practices Concentration

(HEGIS: 10.01 FINE ARTS-GENERAL, CIP: 50.0702 Fine/Studio Arts, General)

Why study Fine Arts BFA - Emerging Practices Concentration at UB?

The Emerging Practices (Art & Technology) concentration’s curriculum is a multidisciplinary studio practice that builds on knowledge of emerging technologies such as interactive multi-media, electronic installation, networked telematic communication, robotic art, three-dimensional simulation, biotechnology, and algorithmic image synthesis. Emerging Practices (Art & Technology) engages the latest technologies, scientific processes and best practices available. It also reclaims, alters and appropriates existing technologies through creative re-use for communicative cultural purposes. Students engage in deeply experimental technological creative practices, positioning them to anticipate and shape future art movements, media forms and research fields.

The BFA degree focuses on intensive work in Emerging Practices (Art & Technology), supported by a smaller, more defined program of general studies in the liberal arts. Students in the BFA also take a 2-semester capstone course, resulting in a senior thesis exhibition. Because this option includes the development of a cohesive body of work, the BFA is considered particularly relevant for students who wish to continue on to an MFA program.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • A broad, applied knowledge of fundamental strategies, and methods of emerging practices.
  • A facility with a specific set of tools and/or techniques of artistic or design production in emerging practices.
  • 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.

The Learning Environment

The UB Department of Art unites the disciplines of art, graphic design, art history and visual theory in a comprehensive program that professionalizes students for careers in art, education, and the creative industries.

The Art Faculty at UB take a full spectrum approach to developing all the cognitive skills of our students to help ensure their success in their future endeavors. Students are given ample opportunity in the classroom and in the studio to exercise, develop and refine their analytical and technical skills along with their creative and expressive abilities.

About Our Facilities

Studio art labs are spacious, well equipped and students receive onsite guidance from professional staff technicians. Specialized studios support all major conventional, digital, and experimental processes in art and design. Highlights include a biological arts laboratory, an electronics art lab, galleries for exhibition and experimentation, digital and multimedia labs, digital and analog photography labs, extensive printmaking labs, an audio lab, a large sculpture facility, including a laser cutter and CNC router, and one of the largest university foundries in the Eastern United States. Our printmaking studios with natural light and state of the art ventilation support all forms of non-toxic printmaking and print media. Presses include 4 etching, 3 litho, screenprint, along with a Vandercook 4 for relief and letterpress. A back-lit wash out booth, power washer and NU-ARC plate exposure unit (30 x 40"). Print labs are supported with iMac stations, scanners, laser printers, copiers and a large format printer dedicated to printing film for photo print processes.

About Our Faculty

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.

Faculty List Directory

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

Career Outlook

Career Choices

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, proprietors, 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: Nov 16, 2022 15:55:41