The Studio Art BA (General Studio Concentration)/Arts Management MA deliberately links critical artistic and management inquiry to create a dynamic investigation of art, its production, and visual arts environments. The positioning of students between management and artistic practice/discourse creates a perspective designed to give students the versatility to enter, and then grow in the field, as an artist, a manager, and an artist/manager. The degree increases employment prospects through a divergent set of skills in artistic practice and management, while providing varied perspectives of arts environments.
Students begin their studies in artistic inquiry and practice. The general BA studio concentration teaches a variety of technical, conceptual and creative problem-solving skills, preparing students for life-long careers in the professional world of art and design. The BA in Studio Art at UB is a liberal arts degree with a focus on studio art. This allows students flexibility to pursue a minor or double major in another program.
Those who enter the BA in Studio Art at UB come from diverse backgrounds, but all share a passion for art. The first two years of study primarily focus on expanding a student's knowledge of art history and foundation fundamentals. These introductory courses provide the bedrock for all subsequent 300- and 400-level courses. Your customized course of study at UB will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary for developing creative practices that are relevant to your individual goals, connecting you to the city of Buffalo and to the larger world. 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.
Students then segue into questions of management and the arts, focusing on the increasingly complex cultural, socioeconomic, legal, and political systems that challenge sustainable arts environments. Students take courses in business and law; cultural theory as a foundation to understand changes in local, national, and international art landscapes; and finish with hands-on, experiential practice with existing arts entities and institutions.
When finished, graduates have developed not only skills in visual art practice, but have accumulated highly sought after skills in writing, technology, presentation, and critical thinking vital to professional success in the 21st century. They emerge ready for a multi-faceted career in visual arts environments.