Art and design are all around us. As an artist or designer, you can impact every level of society—from culture, communication and commerce to sustainability, equity and basic problem solving. So if you want to make your mark on the world—and make anything you can imagine—then art might be the perfect program for you. You'll get to use your creativity and explore how art helps you better understand yourself, your community, and the larger social, cultural and political contexts in which you exist.
How do artists conceptualize and then create their art? What tools can you use to move your art from idea to object? How does knowledge of culturally relevant historical practices make your work stronger?
Find the answers to these questions (and many more!) through the art program, which offers a broad understanding of how to create and critique art, with a focus on your concentration—including drawing, painting, print media, photography, sculpture, graphic design and interdisciplinary art and technology (emerging practices). You'll practice your craft, build visual fluency, learn technical and conceptual skills, hone your critical thinking and creative problem-solving abilities, develop a body of work and learn how to get professional career experience.
Learning happens both inside and outside of our studios, and at UB you can access a variety of opportunities for growth beyond the classroom. With a network of UB professors and alumni, students are able to:
A degree in art can open up a wide range of paths, including:
A degree in art can also teach you creative problem-solving skills, which are highly valued in many fields (not just in the arts), and provide you with a competitive edge.
Our faculty have exhibited work at the Museum of Modern Art and the Sundance Film Festival, and have earned fellowships and awards from the Warhol Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, among many others.
Passionate about their field and committed to mentoring the next generation, they're here to teach you. Guide you. Help you refine your creative voice. And prepare you for what you choose to do next in the dynamic world of art and design.
As practicing artists, designers, scholars, activists and technicians in both traditional and emerging fields, our faculty know first-hand what it takes to have a successful career in the arts and design industry. They are innovative, interdisciplinary and focused on helping you build the problem-solving skills that can help you throughout your career.