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Application and instructions found HERE
Deadline: Feb. 23rd, 2021


If you have been fascinated by cool spaces and have always wanted to pursue a career in design, look no further. If you are curious about how design works in interior spaces, enroll in an intro class this Fall. IDE 101 Introduction to Interior Design is open to non-majors. This class is an introductory survey of the theory and practice of Interior Design. Emphasis is given to the impact of interior space upon the physical, social, psychological and aesthetic needs of people.

The class meets TR 9:25am-10:40am and the CRN is 3577. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the course, please email Assoc. Prof. Bhakti Sharma at

Be well and Keep Designing!

Make Your Mark 2020: Upton Hall Mural Project

The Art & Design Department will be accepting proposals for murals for halls in Upton Hall. The goal of these murals is to showcase the talent of our art and design students and to help bring color to the white walls of Upton Hall. Proposals and designs will be accepted until February 28, 2020. $125 will be provided for supplies. Murals must be completed by May 1, 2020.


Buffalo State Admissions Ambassador: Art & Design


-Lead campus tours for prospective students and guests.
-Be knowledgeable of academic programs and involvement opportunities.
-Assist at Open Houses, Class Visit Programs, and other admissions events.
-Support admissions staff with special projects to aid in student outreach and recruitment.
-Represent Buffalo State as a campus leader.
-Must be punctual, reliable, responsible, and professional at all times.


*This is a paid position
Application deadline is February 10, 2020

Questions? Contact Shannon Miller, Admissions Advisor

Thayer Fellowship in the Arts/Patricia Kerr Ross Award

The awards are available to seniors and graduate students in the arts who are about to graduate and make a career in the arts. They are not intended for students going on to graduate school.


Deadline: Feb. 21, 2020

Architecture Scholarship - Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

More information HERE


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

February 2020

Office Position at Buffalo Granite and Marble

January 2020

Full-time Interior Designer - Cleveland

May 2019

Designer: Millington Lockwood Interiors

April 2019

Interior Designer Position at Midcity Office Furniture

-Buffalo Office Interiors is looking for an Interior Designer for their team. A lot of Buff State alums and former students work here. Kile Krawczak who heads the department is a former student of Buffalo State.  If interested, please contact Joe Spano directly:

Joseph Spano
P:716.883.8222 EXT.27 | F:716.881.3359 

-Position at Boxcraft Studio:
This a hit the boots running type of position so some prior experience in either the Interior Design, Architecture or Construction fields.  Current students welcome to apply.  This is a freelance position with the possibility of growing into full-time -- hours will currently vary from 15-20 based on the ebb and flow of project deadlines but may increase in the near future to 30+.  We have an open studio policy and do not follow the typical 9-5 business hours -  perfect for someone trying to fit in a second job or around a school schedule.  

This position is for a master multitasker who can work both independently and as part of a progressive team; high energy with an invested interest in Design.  We will visit job sites, meet with clients, specify, draw, research, -- laugh learn and cry together.  

Requirements -must be an Auto-cad superstar with mid-level experience in Photoshop and Sketch-up.  Must have your own laptop and transportation. Contact:

Candice Urban-Green, NCIDQ
Boxcraft Studio

April 2018

-Buffalo Plumbing Showroom is hiring for a full time position as a showroom consultant. "Our showroom manager is looking for applicants that have a design background and a desire to work in a customer service environment. If you know of any students, past or present, that would be interested in working in our showroom, we would welcome their resumes! Saturday hours would be a must. All qualified, motivated and friendly applicants may send their resumes to our showroom manager, Marcia Olson, at"

-Millington Lockwood is hiring a full-time designer. 
Please let Prof. Bhakti Sharma know if you are interested.

-Litelab is hiring. Prof. Bhakti Sharma has printed job descriptions in her office. If interested, please let her know or contact Audrey Mingle at

-King and King at Syracuse is hiring at entry level position. Please contact Stephanie Mohorter at if interested.

-An architectural company in Rochester is hiring. They do most of their work in AutoCAD and most of their business comes from repeat clients (80%). They are looking for permanent, full-time employees at all levels. Please contact:

Jackie Maiorella
585-350-2715 Phone
585-350-2790 Fax

-Summer 2018 Photographers Wanted - Camp Laurel, Maine

February 2018:

Allentown Art Festival 2018 Design Competition
Deadline: March 10th, 2018

December 2017:

Retail Designer, Jewelry/Watch Displays for Bufkor – Buffalo, NY
Examples of work at Bufkor:
One   Two   Three

Student describes research poster

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

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.

Students hold banner at homecoming celebration

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 & Design Department

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