Art and Design for Social Impact MA

College of Arts and Sciences

Program Description

The MA in Art and Design for Social Impact underscores the critical function of design in helping to address complex social issues. Working with a diverse range of community partners and social justice advocacy groups, students develop a better understanding of design's pivotal role in generating positive social change. Students learn the value of an integrative and interdisciplinary design practice that encourages critical thinking, teamwork and collaboration—empowering a new generation of designers to become more active members of their community.

Program Contact

Catherine Gaston
832 Clemens Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Phone: 716-645-9042

Instruction Method

  • In Person (100 percent of courses offered in person)

Full/Part Time Options

  • Full Time

Credits Required

  • 30 Hours


  • 1 Year

Application Fee

  • $75

This program is officially registered with the New York State Education Department (SED).

Online programs/courses may require students to come to campus on occasion. Time-to-degree and number of credit hours may vary based on full/part time status, degree, track and/or certification option chosen. Time-to-degree is based on calendar year(s). Contact the department for details.