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Graphic Arts Schools in Buffalo with Degree Program Information

Jan 04, 2019

There are several schools within 10 miles of downtown Buffalo, NY, offering degree programs in graphic arts. Read about program options, courses and admission information to make an informed decision about your education.

Schools in Buffalo, NY, with Graphic Arts Programs

Within 10 miles of downtown Buffalo, NY, students can pursue undergraduate degrees in graphic arts through two large schools affiliated with the State University of New York (SUNY) and a private liberal arts college. In addition to a program overview, the following resource includes a comparison table with essential school information and a summary of other colleges in the Buffalo area that provide training in the graphic arts.

  • At Buffalo State SUNY, located less than two miles from the city's downtown, students can pursue a fine arts degree through a studio-intensive program.
  • Daemen College offers a fine arts program in a small campus environment based seven miles from downtown Buffalo.
  • At about nine miles the University at Buffalo is the furthest away from the city's downtown and offers undergraduate programs leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Arts.

Comparison of Schools

The following table can tell you how challenging it might be to get into one of our three featured schools, as well as how much it will cost to attend. You'll also find some fast facts about retention and graduation rates, enrollment and financial aid.

Buffalo State SUNY Daemen College University at Buffalo
School Type 4-year public 4-year private not-for-profit 4-year public
Total Enrollment (Fall 2017) 9,516* 2,635* 30,648*
Campus Setting Large City Large Suburb Large Suburb
Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018) $7,976 in-state;
$17,626 out-of-state*
$27,990* $9,828 in-state;
$27,068 out-of-state*
% of First-time Freshman Receiving Financial Aid (2016-2017) 92%* 100%* 82%*
Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2017) 58%* 49%* 57%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 66% full-time;
33% part-time*
77% full-time* 87% full-time;
81% part-time*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (freshman beginning 2011) 47%* 55%* 75%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Buffalo State (SUNY)

Buffalo State SUNY was originally founded as a normal school for teacher preparation in 1871 and became a member of the State Universities of New York upon the system's formation in 1948. Located near downtown Buffalo, the university houses the School of Arts and Humanities.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design (Communication Design)

Undergraduate students can pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Graphic Design (Communication Design) through the Department of Design. The BFA program is a studio-intensive program with training in creating story boards and logos, as well as 3-dimensional environments and objects. Program coursework includes topics such as drawing, computer graphics, multimedia and typography. Students will also complete a graphic design practicum.

Daemen College

A private liberal arts college, Daemon College programs emphasize career preparation. The college was founded in 1947 as a women's institution and became coeducational in 1971.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

Through the Haberman Gacioch Center for Visual and Performing Arts, students can pursue a BFA in Graphic Design. Program coursework covers computer rendering, advanced drawing, serigraphy and typography. Students can also complete courses on contemporary art methodologies, publication design and digital photography.

University at Buffalo (SUNY)

A member of SUNY, the University at Buffalo was founded in 1846. Today, the school is a large public research university housing several large academic colleges, including the College of Arts and Sciences.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

Undergraduate students can pursue a BFA in Graphic Design at this school. The Department of Visual Studies houses the Visual Studies Gallery for student design presentations and the Emerging Practices/Communication Design laboratories for student development. Program coursework will include topics such as visual theory, print and electronic media design, digital practices, reproduction and visual rhetoric. Prior to graduation, students will complete a senior thesis or portfolio.

Other Schools in the Buffalo Area Offering Graphic Arts Programs

Students wishing to pursue a bachelor's degree in graphic arts may also choose the Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Arts program at Canisius College. Another small private school, Villa Maria College, offers an Associate in Applied Science or a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Students pursuing an associate's degree may also choose one of the programs available at Erie Community College, including the Associate in Applied Science in Visual Communication Technology - Graphic Arts and Printing.

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