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Studio Art - Graphic Design

University at Buffalo

48 months
24990 USD/year
24990 USD/year
7270 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Studio Art - Graphic Design program of the University at Buffalo is a professional art practice that engages innovative thinking and problem solving for visualizing our culture. Students learn the art of creating effective and dynamic visual messages across a variety of media from the printed page to digital devices and the built environment.


Focused on the intersection of form and concept, the Studio Art - Graphic Design program of the University at Buffalo provides students with a solid foundation in design theory and history while cultivating their skills in technique. Studio courses prepare students for a variety of options in the professional design field and include the study of typography and visual systems, print and publication design, data visualization and web design.

The BA degree focuses on graphic design within a broad program of general studies that allows the student to pursue a minor or double major in another program.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge of:

  • A broad, applied knowledge of fundamental strategies, and methods of contemporary art-making and graphic design.
  • A facility with a specific set of tools and/or techniques of design production.
  • How to deepen their creative intellect and artistic problem-solving skills.
  • How to work in the team-based environment of the contemporary design studio.
  • How to acquire professional experience to equip them for professional practice and/or advanced study in their field.
  • How to acquire critical discursive skills, for presenting their work, explaining their concepts and critically engaging the work of others.
  • How to acquire analytical skills to enable them to access (latent and manifest) meanings in visual images. They will develop a visual literacy with emphasis on effective communication strategies.
  • How to acquire a solid understanding of the roles of art, design and visual culture in a particular historical period and/or world culture.


UB Art alumni in Graphic Design can qualify for a range of professions that involve creative problem solving, critical thinking and an understanding of production, and evolving technological and cultural contexts, including advertising firms, design studios, and in-house design departments.

Our alumni include many artists and designers who have national and international reputations from their acclaimed exhibitions, commissions and awards. Alumni have also had great success in education, becoming professors or lecturers at leading colleges and universities or teachers at community colleges and secondary schools. In addition, alumni have entered a range of professions in places such as art galleries, museums, alternative art spaces, auction houses, design and advertising firms, and government agencies for culture as directors, designers, curators, proprietors, installers and art handlers, as well as finding themselves in conservation, fabrication, fundraising and community outreach programming.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • 3D Concepts
  • Digital Art
  • Meaning, Representation & Culture
  • Typographic Form
  • Typographic Systems
  • Visual Theory, Aesthetics & Criticism

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission to UB’s freshman class is selective and is based in part on the quality of your secondary school academic record and the number of spaces available in the class
  • You should feel confident applying to UB if you have an above-average academic record and have taken challenging courses in high school to help prepare you to be successful at university
  • English language requirements
  • Personal Essay
  • You must submit one (1) teacher recommendation

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24990 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24990 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    24990 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24990 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    7270 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7270 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Buffalo

920 - 1560 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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