Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Fine Arts BFA - Painting Concentration - Applying to the Program


202 Center for the Arts
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-6010
(HEGIS: 10.01 FINE ARTS-GENERAL, CIP: 50.0702 Fine/Studio Arts, General)

Becoming a(n) Fine Arts BFA - Painting Concentration Student

Becoming a University at Buffalo Student

Admission to UB is highly competitive. For the 2017 admitted freshman class, UB reported an average ACT score of 25-30 and an average SAT (CR+M) score of 1100-1300. Additionally, 92 percent* of admitted students are in the top 50 percent of their class.

(*Based on the percentage of students who reported a rank).

Admission to UB is based on a holistic review. We consider high school average, class rank, SAT (critical reading and math) or ACT scores, and strength of the high school academic record. A personal essay, recommendations, documented creative talent, demonstrated leadership, community service and special circumstances are also considered.

The following is not required for admission, but is suggested as adequate preparation for university-level coursework:

  • Four years of English (with a substantial writing component)
  • Four years of social studies
  • Three years of college-preparatory science
  • Three years of a second language
  • Three years of college-preparatory mathematics

Visit Undergraduate Admissions to learn more.

Freshman Admission to the Program

Students accepted to the university that indicate “Fine Art” (BFA) or “Studio Art” (BA) as their intended major on their UB application will be block registered into fall semester Department of Art foundation courses. At the beginning of the spring semester of freshman year, students who have earned a GPA of 2.5 or above in their Fall foundations courses will automatically be accepted into the Department of Art.

Transfer Admission to the Program

Transfer students with a minimum GPA of 2.5 are eligible to apply to the BFA program. Freshman foundation courses are required for the BFA degrees; students are encouraged to take these courses before applying to the major. Students with an Art GPA of 2.5 or above in their foundations and studio courses are automatically admitted to the Art program

Current UB Students Applying to the Program

Currently enrolled UB students with a minimum GPA of 2.5 are eligible to apply to the Department of Art’s BA or BFA degree programs. Freshman foundation courses are required in order to be accepted into these programs.

Suggested Introductory Courses

VS 150 Visual Theory, Aesthetics, and Criticism
VS 200 Department of Art Speaker Series
ART 120 3D Concepts
ART 140 Time Based Concepts

Published: August 16, 2018 09:19:24 AM