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Fine Arts BFA - Photography Concentration

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

Why study Fine Arts BFA - Photography Concentration at UB?

The Department of Art and Design at UB approaches photography as a continually shifting field of technical, aesthetic and conceptual conditions. The photography curriculum is conceptually driven, emphasizing experimentation and interdisciplinary exploration. We teach students to self-consciously and critically address photography’s broad cultural and social presence, embracing both newly-emerging forms and historical precedents and processes. Students in the concentration will be exploratory creators, motivated and open to multiple possibilities of expression. Informed by historical development, contemporary concerns and anticipating the future of photography, students engage in the analysis of form, intent and meaning. These skills can then be applied to both advanced academic research contexts and/or more everyday (on-demand) industry roles.

The BFA degree focuses on intensive work in photography, supported by a smaller, more defined program of general studies.

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.
  • Both current and historical tools and techniques of photographic production.
  • A deeper creative intellect and a broader range of creative problem-solving skills.
  • Critical skills for presenting their own work, explaining concepts and critically engaging the work of others.
  • Developing a cohesive body of work.
  • Contextualization of their work within contemporary discourse.

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 organized. 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 one of 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.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

Career Choices

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 via 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 a full-time advisor on staff to assist as they make decisions about their educational directions. The Department of Art advisor 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.

Academic Advising Contact Information

The advisor for The Department of Art, in Center for the Arts 202, is available to advise undergraduate students in the Art History and Art Programs.

Scholarships and Financial Support

Art Departmental scholarships up to $2,000 are available to currently enrolled art majors.

One four-year scholarship covering all resident tuition and fees, minus any other aid received, is available to an undergraduate Honors student in the creative or performing arts. To be considered, students must have an unweighted high school average of at least 90 and a combined SAT critical reading and math score of at least 1230 or an ACT score of at least 27. A personal interview and a separate scholarship application are required. Contact the Honors College to request an application.

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Published: Nov 21, 2019 08:27:27