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Studio Art BA - Graphic Design Concentration

(HEGIS: 10.02 ART-PAINTING-DRAW&SCULPT, CIP: 50.0701 Art/Art Studies, General)

Department of Art

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

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Why study Studio Art BA - Graphic Design Concentration at UB?

Our digitally networked society demands increasing levels of visual literacy. Communication in the 21st century is an ecology of information, knowledge production, and visual rhetoric that shapes the way people understand our world. Our Graphic Design concentration is a professional art practice that engages innovative thinking and problem solving for visualizing our culture. Students learn the art of creating effective and dynamic visual messages across a variety of media from the printed page to digital devices and the built environment.

Focused on the intersection of form and concept, the Graphic Design concentration at UB provides students with a solid foundation in design theory and history while cultivating their skills in technique. Studio courses prepare students for a variety of options in the professional design field and include the study of typography and visual systems, print and publication design, data visualization and web design. A socially-engaged art and design lab offers opportunities for students to collaborate with community organizations.

The BA degree focuses on Graphic Design within a broad program of general studies that allows the student to pursue a minor or double major in another 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 contemporary art-making and graphic design.
  • A facility with a specific set of tools and/or techniques of design production.
  • How to deepen their creative intellect and artistic problem-solving skills.
  • How to work in the team-based environment of the contemporary design studio.
  • 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. They will develop a visual literacy with emphasis on effective communication strategies.
  • How to acquire a solid understanding of the roles of art, design 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, a CNC router, and one of the largest university foundries in the Eastern United States.

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.

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 in Graphic Design can qualify for a range of professions that involve creative problem solving, critical thinking and an understanding of production, and evolving technological and cultural contexts, including advertising firms, design studios, and in-house design departments.

Our alumni include many artists and designers 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, fundraising 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: Sep 22, 2022 08:19:56