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2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Visual Studies MA

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The Department of Art unites the disciplines of art, art history, and visual studies and aesthetics. Practicing artists and designers are expected to cultivate the relationship of research, theory and history to their work, and concurrently, art historians, theorists and curators are compelled to engage multiple visual platforms and environments beyond the traditional discourse of art. The emphasis of our programs on interdisciplinary practice, supported by the University at Buffalo’s comprehensive research facility, is at the core of our departmental mission.

Visual Studies Electives (24 credits)

  • Choose from VS Graduate level courses. 
  • Maximum 9 credits independent study / supervised readings.

Culminating Experience: Thesis (6 credits)

Total Credit Hours: 36

3.0 Degree GPA required


Instruction Method

  • In Person (100 percent of courses offered in person)

Full/Part Time Options

  • Full Time

Credits Required

  • 36 Hours


  • 1.5 to 2 Years

Application Fee

  • $75

Program Contact

Catherine Gaston
832 Clemens Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Email: cgaston@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-645-9042

SED Statement

This program is officially registered with the New York State Education Department (SED).

Online programs/courses may require students to come to campus on occasion. Time-to-degree and number of credit hours may vary based on full/part time status, degree, track and/or certification option chosen. Time-to-degree is based on calendar year(s). Contact the department for details.

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