Student in 2D design class

Undergraduate

Prospective undergraduate students interested in entering Art and Design Department's major and art minor programs at Buffalo State must apply through the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

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Art educators at the Burchfield Penney Art Center

Graduate

Prospective graduate students interested in entering the Art and Design Department's master's or post-bac programs at Buffalo State must apply through the Graduate Studies Office.

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Special Admissions Requirements

Art Education (PK-12; Certification Only)

This program is for students who have already earned a B.A./B.F.A. degree in one studio area and are interested in earning art teacher certification.

The art education post-baccalaureate certification program offers a course sequence meeting the educational requirements for certification. Students are expected to complete the required sequence and are responsible for any additional certification requirements established by the New York State Education Department, Teacher Certification Division, including the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations, and the Child Abuse and Classroom Violence Seminars.

In order to be eligible for the program the applicants must:

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the program, which includes fine arts, design and art education coursework
  • Submit a completed SUNY application
  • Submit a portfolio

Art Education (PK-12), M.S.

New York State Initial certificate for teaching art.

In order to be eligible, the applicants must*:

  • Possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale) and a minimum 3.0 GPA in the major area of study, or a combined score of 1,000 on the verbal/quantitative portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • Be interviewed by the Art Department chair

*Variances to these prerequisites may be appealed to the department chair.

Advisement: Advisers are assigned by the department. They should be consulted at all decision points. Students, however, remain responsible for knowing and fulfilling department and college regulations specific to the programs that are housed in the department.

Portfolios

First-year students applying for admission to the B.F.A., photography concentration, must state their intent to be accepted to the concentration. 
A portfolio is not required. 

Portfolios

Submitting Your Portfolio

Applicants for admission to the Art Education Program are required to submit a portfolio (at least twelve (12) and no more than twenty (20) pieces) of their best work. The portfolio should be submitted in one of the two following formats:

  • A digital portfolio submitted on a CD.  Follow the above guidelines and submit as JPEG files or as a Power Point presentation.
  • Original artwork may be submitted, i.e. drawings, prints, watercolors, etc.  These pieces are not to exceed 18” x 24”. Plastic or paper covers should protect original works.

Return of Your Portfolio

If the portfolio needs to be returned to you, you are responsible for either the postage, or the pick-up of the portfolio. A self-addressed, stamped envelope should be included for return of materials. Insurance, if any, is also the responsibility of the applicant. The department cannot be responsible for the cost of shipping.

Your work will be reviewed and returned to you with attendant comments (if any) as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing your work.

Submit your application to:
Portfolio Review - Art and Design Department
Buffalo State College
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Upton Hall 402
Buffalo, NY 14222

Ceramics now accepts high school Advance Placement (AP) test scores of 4 or 5 for the AP 15.2 Studio Art 2D Design and AP 16 Studio Art 3D Design as equivalent to our Foundations program 3 credit DES 101 Introduction to Design 2D1 and DES 103 Introduction to Design 3D1 courses. Qualifying students will not have to take these courses. Scores of 3 on either AP test will be granted elective credit status.

All students enter as a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA-AH CER) ceramics major and complete a selection of foundation and major courses after which a portfolio review will be conducted for continuation in the B.F.A. ceramics degree program.

To remain in the B.F.A. degree program, a 3.0 GPA in the major must be maintained.

As a condition of graduation, each B.F.A. student will be required to mount an individual exhibition of his/her work and present a professional portfolio.

Portfolio Reviews

There is no entrance portfolio review for admission.

The portfolio reviews are conducted by the faculty in the program and generally take place during the sophomore year.

Transfer students are urged to submit their portfolios the semester before transfer in order to facilitate placement in departmental courses and/or for possible portfolio review.

Buffalo State students interested in the interior design program must complete these requirements in order to be considered for admission:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.6 after the freshman year.
  • Completion of the Skills Competency Exam following IDE 151, IDE 152, and IDE 153. This one-day exam (offered at the end of the fall semester) evaluates entry-level ability to visualize, design, and communicate spatial solutions to a simple problem through scaled drafting, rendering, and model-building.

Transfer students who have completed coursework in interior design at a previous college must schedule a portfolio review with the department chairperson. At this review, based on the projects submitted, the chairperson will determine which courses will receive transfer credit and where in the Buffalo State Interior Design Program transfer students will begin the course sequence.

Interior Design portfolios are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

No entrance portfolio is required for admission of incoming students (including both First-Year and Transfer students). During their second year of the program, individual reviews will be conducted to assist students on their progress towards their degree.

Incoming students can declare their painting concentration during their admission application process without a portfolio review.

First-Year Students

First-year students applying for admission to the B.F.A., photography concentration, must state their intent to be accepted to the concentration. 
A portfolio is not required.

Transfer Students

Transfer student who have studied photography, seeking advanced placement may be accepted directly into the concentration, but must show a portfolio of photographs to be evaluated by the Area Coordinator for appropriate placement in this program.

Portfolios must include:

  • 10, silver black-and-white
  • 8”x10” prints enlarged from film
  • 10, 8.5”x11” color ink jet prints

Mail portfolios to:

Art & Design Department
SUNY Buffalo State
Upton Hall 402
Buffalo, NY 14222
Attn: Photography Coordinator

​​​​​​​High School Advance Placement (AP) Credit

The Art and Design Department accepts high school Advance Placement (AP) test scores of 4 or 5 for the AP 15.2 Studio Art 2D Design and AP 16 Studio Art 3D Design as equivalent to our Foundations program 3 credit DES 101 Introduction to Design Two Dimensional I and DES 103 Introduction to Design Three Dimensional I courses. Qualifying students will not have to take these courses. Scores of 3 on either AP test will be granted elective-credit status.