Student Opportunities

Art & Design students have many opportunities to be involved within their chosen discipline. Campus clubs and local organizations, and interactions with the campus and our local community, offer a variety of ways to enhance our students' experience.

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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.

Internship Center

Student with a poster presentation

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. 

Undergraduate Research Office

Hands painted with the world

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.

International Education Office

Two students at the Student Art Sale

Student Activities

Students can become involved in various student organizations on campus. Students can join the student government-sponsored Visual Arts Board; Students 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.

Visual Arts Board

Coalition of Ceramic Designers (C2D) Club

New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA)

National Art Education Association (NAEA)

Burchfield Penney Art Center exterior with colorful sculpture

Museums & Galleries

Buffalo is home to many museums and galleries, which provide a variety of stimulating art experiences, and valuable internship opportunities with hands-on experience working in the art world.

Find a Museum or Gallery