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Studio Art BA - Photography Concentration

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

Why study Studio Art BA - Photography Concentration at UB?

The Department of Art at UB approaches photography as a continuously 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 BA degree focuses on photography 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 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 takes 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: 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

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 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 Department of Art’s Assistant to the Chair for Student Programs is available to advise Undergraduate students in the Art History and Studio Art Programs. Please visit the main office, CFA 202, or email Please email art-info@buffalo.edu to make an appointment.

Scholarships and Financial Support

The Department of Art provides annual scholarship opportunities specifically to Studio Art and Art History majors. These opportunities can award funding up to $2,000. Scholarship applications are accessible through the UB Scholarship Portal, and are available to currently enrolled art majors.

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Published: Nov 23, 2021 13:19:55