Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Art - Careers

Career Information and Further Study

The study of art opens the mind to unexpected possibilities and allows students to discover their unique skills. These skills can be applied to an evolving, wide range of applications and career paths.

As a result of the Art Major, students will learn to:

Form conceptual ideas and communicate them visually. Engage in verbal and written analysis of visual works to comprehend conceptual and aesthetic issues. Gain experience in the tools, techniques and process of 2D art making: painting, drawing, print media, sculpture, photography, graphic design, typography, emerging practices, digital and electronic skills. Work with time-based media, such as web design, performance and video. Learn to build 3D structures and shape space by use of sculpture, fabrication and installations. Gain understanding of the theoretical, historical, cultural and research basis of art.

Career Choices

UB Art alumni can qualify for a range of professions that involve creative problem solving, critical thinking, and an understanding of cultural context. These professions include art galleries, museums, alternative spaces, and auction houses where alumni work as directors, curators, preparators, installers, and art handlers, and also in art conservation, fabrication, grant writing, fundraising, and educational programming.

Art Department alumni include independent artists who exhibit nationally and internationally, execute commissions, and receive national and international awards. Other alumni are assistants, collaborators, and project coordinators to world-class artists. Our students have become professors and lecturers at leading colleges and universities, and teachers at community colleges, secondary schools, and arts-in-education programs throughout North America. They are art therapists in health care professions, schools, community centers, and correctional facilities. Our alumni are technical instructors and shop managers in fine art and commercial photography, print media, casting, and welding enterprises. They are also employed as graphic and web designers.

UB art alumni write critical reviews and essays on art and popular culture, work as illustrators, web page designers, electronic publishers, and developers of interactive and electronic media. Art alumni publish fine art editions, run galleries, printing firms, custom framing businesses, and casting foundries.

Additional Resources

Art Jobs Online
College Art Association
New York Foundation for the Arts

Last updated: February 22 2022 21:08:39