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Studio Art Minor

(HEGIS: , CIP: 50.0701 Art/Art Studies, General)

Why study Studio Art Minor at UB?

*Not a baccalaureate degree program.

The General Studio Minor emphasizes the development of individual ideas, expressed through technical skills in a variety of media and practices that range from the graphic design, printmaking (full labs) photography (digital and black-and-white non-silver), sculpture (full wood and metal shops, bronze foundry and digital lab with laser cutter and CNC router), installation, painting, drawing, performance, video/sound recording and editing, electronics/physical computing, specialized digital output and biological art.

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 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.
  • How to acquire a solid understanding of the roles of art 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 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.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Department of Art website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Many of our undergraduate students 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 include art galleries, museums, alternative spaces, and auction houses where alumni work as directors, curators, preparators, installers, and art handlers.

Art Department alumni include independent artists who exhibit nationally and internationally, execute commissions, and receive national and international awards. Other alumni are assistants, collaborators, and project coordinators to world-class artists. Our students have become professors and lecturers at leading colleges and universities, and teachers at community colleges, secondary schools, and arts-in-education programs throughout North America. They are art therapists in health care professions, schools, community centers, and correctional facilities. They are also employed as graphic and web designers. Art alumni publish fine art editions, run galleries, printing firms, custom framing businesses, and casting foundries.

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: May 26, 2022 09:02:17