Graduate Programs (MA/ MFA/ Ph.D)

Come Study with The University at Buffalo in their MFA and MA Programs

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.

They offer competitive and fully funded teaching assistantships with health insurance. Funding options include 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, Arts Collaboratory, the Beijing Graduate Exchange, Coalesce: Center for Biological Arts, studio space, access to departmental and interdisciplinary facilities, gallery 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 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 University at Buffalo’s Department of Art is housed within New York State’s premier public university. Over the course of the last twenty years, Buffalo has been home to radical movements in art, media studies, and poetry.

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