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Studio Art BA General Studio Concentration / Arts Management MA

(HEGIS: 10.02 , CIP: 50.0702 Fine/Studio Arts, General)

Department of Art

202 Center for the Arts
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-6010

Arts Management Program

240A Center for the Arts
Buffalo, NY 14260

Why study Studio Art BA General Studio Concentration / Arts Management MA at UB?

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.

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.
  • A facility with a specific set of tools and/or techniques of artistic or design production.
  • How to deepen their creative intellect and artistic problem-solving skills.
  • 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. They will develop a 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.
  • Identify, recall, and reproduce elements of critical arts management and cultural policy theory and practice.
  • Comprehend, explain, and discuss critical arts management and cultural policy theory and practice
  • Interpret, employ, and apply critical arts management and cultural policy theory and practice.
  • Critically understand and analyze the presuppositions implicit while considering arts management and cultural policy models
  • Identify and solve complex, interdisciplinary problems and tensions that are inherent in the areas of arts management and cultural policy making
  • Develop, contextualize, and implement creative arts management solutions

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.

The Arts Management Program offers practical and theory based courses in intimate seminar settings (6-15 seats). The Arts Management Program offers practical and theory based courses in intimate seminar settings (6-15 seats). Students explore arts management practice in experiential learning opportunities under the close guidance of faculty and professionals in the field.

About Our Facilities

Studio art labs are spacious, well equipped and students are provided with onsite guidance by 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, a 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, Aperture Foundation, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, National Science Foundation and TED.

In the Arts Management Program, you will study with accomplished scholars and practicing arts managers from a wide range of disciplines and nationalities. This diverse faculty cohort has been carefully assembled to give students a varied perspective on the field of arts management.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Department of Art website and Arts Management Program 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, 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.

Prospective majors should work closely with the department Academic Manager and Assistant Director in Arts Management to ensure they maintain a viable sequence in this dual degree track.
For Studio Art BA inquires, please visit the Art main office, CFA 202, or email to make an appointment.

Academic Advising Contact Information

For advising on the Arts Management MA contact:
Kevin Leary
Assistant Director
Email Kevin Leary

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.

Students entering the Arts Management MA are eligible for the Arts Management Awards, which are intended for incoming students who demonstrate exceptional merit or financial need; prioritizing under-represented minority students, as defined by SUNY: African American, Indigenous, and Latinx. Students are automatically considered for these opportunities when they submit an application to pursue their MA studies.

Published: Nov 28, 2022 13:04:29