About the Program
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) Accredited
The B.F.A. degree in Painting is a studio-intensive program of study that prepares students to produce work of professional competence focusing on mastery of both traditional and contemporary practices and technical skills as well as individual creative expression with a strong emphasis on concept, and aesthetics informed by required Art History courses and topics. This 78-credit hour degree prepares students for advanced studies, graduate studies, or for beginning careers as professional painters or visual artists. The remaining credit hours are completed in required Intellectual Foundations courses.
The Art and Design Department reserves the right to retain students’ artwork for official purposes, such as exhibits, catalogs, or teaching aids.
About the Art and Design Department
402 Upton Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6032
Fax: (716) 878-4231
No entrance portfolio is required for admission of incoming students (including both Freshman and Transfer students), who choose to major in the BFA Painting Program.
Incoming students and transfer students can declare their BFA painting major during their admission application process without a portfolio review.
All students enter as a Bachelor of Fine Arts painting major and complete a selection of foundation and major courses. During their second year of the programs individual reviews will be conducted to assist students on their progress towards their degree.
Students are expected to assume the costs of materials they use in their courses. All studio courses may have an additional instructional charge for materials used in class. Students enrolled in a studio course are expected to work a minimum of two additional hours each week outside of class for each credit granted for that class.
Intellectual Foundations Requirements
33-39 credit hours 33-39
Major Requirements (78 credit hours)
Required Courses (45 credit hours)
DES 101/AAD 102 INTRODUCTION TO TWO-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN 3
FAR/AAD 101 DRAWING I 3
FAR 102 DRAWING II 3
FAR 103 MODELING 3
FAR 104/AAD 150 THEMES AND ISSUES IN THE CONTEMPORARY ARTS 3
FAR 210 INTRODUCTORY PAINTING 3
FAR 220 INTRODUCTORY PHOTOGRAPHY 3
FAR 230 INTRODUCTORY PRINTMAKING 3
FAR 240 INTRODUCTORY SCULPTURE 3
FAR 250/AAD 251 ART HISTORY I 3
FAR 251/AAD 252 ART HISTORY II 3
FAR 363 TWENTIETH-CENTURY ART HISTORY 3
FAR 470 SENIOR SEMINAR IN FINE ARTS 3
Two are history electives 6
Painting Courses (21 credit hours)
FAR 311 INTERMEDIATE PAINTING I 3
FAR 312 INTERMEDIATE PAINTING II 3
FAR 313 ADVANCED PAINTING 3-9
FAR 410 SENIOR STUDIO IN PAINTING 6
12 credit hours
All College Electives
3-9 credit hours 3-9
Total Credit Hours 120