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Because Buffalo State is located in New York State's second-largest city, students have access to all the city offers. Many choose to perform internships or use the city's many agencies and arts facilities for learning outside of the classroom.

Contests and Job Postings

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Applied Research Grants

Buffalo State's Undergraduate Research Office provides opportunities for our design students to apply for undergraduate summer research fellowships, research grants, and travel grants to present results of their research. Students participating in research projects also present at the annual Buffalo State Student Research and Creativity Celebration. 

Students in classroom in Siena, Italy

Exchange and Study Abroad Programs

Design students have the opportunity to study in Italy through Buffalo State's Siena Program. Numerous study-abroad and exchange programs are offered through Buffalo State, SUNY, National Student Exchange, and other institutions. Contact the International Education Office for more information.

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Student Activities

Students can become involved in various student organizations on campus. Students can join the student government sponsored Visual Arts BoardStudents Involved in the Art of Metalsmithing (S.I.A.M.) club; the Coalition of Ceramic Designers (C2D) club; and the DotCom club.

An active Art Education Student Chapter affiliated with the New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA) and the National Art Education Association (NAEA) initiates numerous professional development activities for students to polish leadership skills, to meet and work with seasoned teachers, to develop a sense of esprit de corps with their peers, and to acquire a professional disposition. 

Other opportunities include student field trips, on and off campus exhibitions, and an annual student sale.


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Art and Design Department

1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Upton Hall 402 •  Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6032 •  Fax: (716) 878-4231