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Virtually every object and environment is transformed by a design process. Graduates of the design program are prepared to meet consumers' needs by working in their chosen specialties—ceramics, communication design, fibers, metals/jewelry, or wood/furniture. 

The Design Department provides students with celebrated faculty who are experts in a wide range of mediums. Working with these accomplished artists/designers, students delve into studio intensive-study majors. Whatever your preferred design medium, Buffalo State's Design Department offers the faculty, facilities, and artistic freedom to help you succeed.

Located in the museum corridor, students have ready access to the internationally known Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the renowned regional Burchfield Penney Art Center and also in close proximity to the campus are the alternative space galleries, Hallwalls and Big Orbit.

Buffalo State has the largest and most comprehensive visual arts program in the State University of New York (SUNY) system.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

The B.F.A. program focuses on design work in the studio and requires 79 credit hours in design and art courses for graduation. The program is appropriate for students who intend to earn graduate degrees in a design specialty and are committed to careers as design professionals.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The B.S. program requires 45 credit hours in design and art courses for graduation. The B.S. program provides students with both studio experience and a strong academic foundation appropriate for a career in design, for any profession requiring a broad arts and sciences education, or as preparation for graduate school.


The Design Department offers five minors:






Design majors are prepared to work as designers/artists in their chosen specialties. Buffalo State's design majors relate the following skill sets and learning milestones:

  • The theory and application of design principles

  • The composition and qualities of materials appropriate for each design discipline

  • Technical, professional-quality proficiency in the discipline you choose

  • Creative ways to solve increasingly complex design problems while maintaining design quality

  • A strong sense of aesthetics and personal vision

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