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Make Your Mark! The Art & Design Department is accepting mural project designs and proposals for the walls 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 in Upton Hall. Submit your design HERE by March 7th, 2022.


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

June 2021

Interior Designer Position at CannonDesign (Buffalo, NY)

Senior Interior Designer Position at CannonDesign (Buffalo, NY)

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 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.


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Art & Design Department

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