An arts destination
Studies in the visual arts are central to the advancement of contemporary culture. By educating the next wave of artists, teachers, and designers, and designers who achieve creative and scholarly excellence in their chosen fields, Buffalo State increases social awareness, promotes visual literacy, and engages the community in cultural dialogue.
Graduates of Buffalo State’s visual arts programs go on to successful careers as artists, teachers, arts administrators, and business people.
Take Rhea Anna. She obtained a B.F.A. in photography and a B.S. in art education from Buffalo State. Today, she’s an established artist and photographer whose work is widely shown. She’s one of many examples of graduates who create, teach, exhibit, and run successful arts-related businesses.
Buffalo State has the largest and most comprehensive visual arts program in the State University of New York (SUNY) system.
Artist and Scholar
Buffalo State prides itself as a liberal arts institution, a place where the whole person grows.
It starts with our Intellectual Foundations program, where freshmen grasp fundamental concepts in a variety of academic disciplines. Students who major in one of the visual arts will also learn about great literature, scientific discoveries, and behavioral psychology…and they’ll be able to draw from this vast world of knowledge. Each year, more than 11,000 students choose Buffalo State for its caring professors, opportunities for research and internships, clubs and athletic offerings, and more. The college embraces a diversity of thought that helps to prepare all students for dynamic careers in today’s global marketplace.
The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) accredited Buffalo State’s visual arts programs in 2007. They affirmed that our programs meet national standards for helping students achieve success in the visual arts.
- The art education program—along with all our education programs—is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)*
- The interior design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation
- The college’s Burchfield Penney Art Center is accredited by the American Association of Museums
- Buffalo State is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; (215) 662-5606. The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. secretary of education and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation. The college also is accredited by the Board of Regents, University of the State of New York.