About the Program
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) Accredited
The discipline emphasized in our B.F.A. program is art photography — specifically the creation of art to be displayed in museums, sold in galleries, or published in books. Graduates of our program may also find receptive employers in advertising, and editorial illustration.
A major is required to mount an individual exhibition of his or her work in their senior year. It will be planned and installed with the advice of the student's Senior Studio adviser, but no grade will be assigned.
Students are expected to assume the costs of certain materials and cameras (film and digital) needed to make photographs. Cameras and other photography equipment are not provided to do course work by the college. However, we do provide a well-equipped computer/digital-printing lab for color, a black-and-white film developing lab, and a print-enlarging lab to make traditional monochromatic silver prints. All photography courses have a materials fee. This fee covers chemistry, ink jet inks, certain ink jet papers, and some other materials. The fee does not cover film, cameras, flash equipment, and other equipment and supplies needed by all majors. 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.
The study of photography in Art and Design emphasizes creativity, craft, and making memorable pictures. Our courses teach film and digital camera craft, traditional film developing and print enlarging, the use of electronic flash, the use of computers and ink jet printers, color management, and Photoshop as used by photographers. some of our students go on to do graduate degrees and to teach. Our graduates include self-employed artists, freelance photographers, and teachers. The art world, advertising, photojournalism, education, and industry are some fields in which our graduates have found employment.
About the Art and Design Department
402 Upton Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6032
Fax: (716) 878-4231
High school students applying for admission to the B.F.A. photography major need only state his/her intent to major in photography to be accepted to the major, assuming required G.P.A. and other college admissions standards are met. A portfolio is not required. A transfer student who has studied photography elsewhere seeking advanced placement may be accepted directly into the major, but must show a portfolio of photographs to be evaluated at the Area Coordinator's discretion, for appropriate placement here. The portfolio must contain 10, silver black-and-white, 8"x10" prints enlarged from film, and 10, 8.5"x11" color ink jet prints. These prints should represent the applicant's strongest pictures.
The Art and Design Department reserves the right to retain students' artwork for use in exhibits, catalogs, or as teaching aids.
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 325 HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY 3
FAR 363 TWENTIETH-CENTURY ART HISTORY 3
FAR 470 SENIOR SEMINAR IN FINE ARTS 3
One Art History elective 3
Photography Courses (21 credit hours)
FAR 321 INTERMEDIATE PHOTOGRAPHY I 3
FAR 322 INTERMEDIATE PHOTOGRAPHY II 3
FAR 323 ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY 3-9
FAR 420 SENIOR STUDIO IN PHOTOGRAPHY 6
Art Electives (12 credit hours)
12 credit hours 12
All College Electives
3-9 credit hours 3-9
Total Credit Hours 120-126