Call for applications: MFA at The University at Buffalo

Come study at the top-ranked, flagship research university in the state of New York. The MFA and MA programs at the University at Buffalo exceed traditional boundaries and encourage diverse practices, art and activism, and emerging fields.

The programs offer competitive and fully-funded teaching assistantships with health insurance. Funding options include the Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship Program, full-tuition scholarships for MFA students, and university funding opportunities for MA students.

Resources include a tier-one research university, the Arts Collaboratory, the Beijing Graduate Exchange, the hybrid studio laboratory facility Coalesce: Center for Biological Arts, studio space, access to departmental and interdisciplinary facilities, UB art galleries, and curatorial opportunities.

The MFA program provides an opportunity for students to combine creative work with scholarly interests to define their own unique practice. Faculty mentorship forms the core of the program, supplemented by frequent visits by artists, designers, and scholars from a wide range of disciplines.

The MA in Visual Studies is designed for students interested in visual culture, art history, critical theory, and science technology studies. This program combines scholarly and creative investigation of the production, circulation, and impact of visual and emergent forms.

Explore the visiting artist speaker series, programs, and read about the accomplished alumni.

Full-time faculty include Dina Benbrahim, Marc Böhlen, Millie Chen, Maximillian Goldfarb, Berin Golonu, Adele Henderson, George Afredzi Hughes, Matt Kenyon, Joan Linder, Gary Nickard, John Opera, Reinhard Reitzenstein, Stephanie Rothenberg, Shasti O’Leary, Soudant, T. Triandos, Paul Vanouse, Becky Brown, and Livingston V. Watrous.

The application deadline is Wednesday, January 15, 2021. For more information, visit


The University at Buffalo is the Public Flagship University of the State of New York. The Department of Art unites the disciplines of art, art history and theory. Practicing artists and designers are expected to cultivate research, theory, and history in their work, while art historians, theorists, and curators are encouraged to engage with multiple visual platforms and environments beyond the traditional discourse of art.