Visual And Performing Arts

Contact Information

phone: (716) 839-8241


Dr. Robert Waterhouse 


Degrees Offered

Please see the Education Department section of the Catalog for information on the B.S. in Visual Arts Education.

Certificate Programs:


Mission Statement

The mission of the Visual and Performing Arts Department is to prepare students through practice and theory for the professions of studio artist, graphic designer, illustrator, art educator, performer, and animator. The coursework offered by the Department complements the liberal arts tradition and enhances its academic philosophy. Upon completion of degree requirements, our students are prepared to enter an ever changing society as creative, productive, and responsible citizens. Before graduation, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a mastery of aesthetic terms, technical and media applications, and performance tools;
  • Visually analyze works in a clear and concise manner through written assignments and group critiques;
  • Identify major stylistic and historical art movements through a significant exposure to Art History;
  • Complete the conceptual process of locating a problem, experimenting with a variety of solutions, and determining and supporting the most effective and communicative visual solution;
  • Determine a set of educational goals, and form a plan for their attainment;
  • Present work to the public in a polished manner, both conceptually and technically;
  • Apply the relevant tools to continue research in their field after graduation;
  • And utilize effectively their technical and intellectual skills within their career as an artist, educator, performer, or designer.

Students receiving a B.S. in Visual Arts Education will have completed all required classroom work necessary to pursue a Primary or Secondary teaching position, and entry into a Master’s Program.

 Admission Requirements


Submission of Art Portfolio is required. Portfolios should consist of 15-20 works of art, and include examples of observational drawing. Special consideration may be given to talented students who lack formal art training. (An Art Portfolio is not required of applicants to BS, Arts Administration with Comprehensive Arts or Theater specializations.)

Admission to Upper Division

  1. Completion of a minimum of 45 semester hours, which includes the full foundation program in Art.
  2. An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better.
  3. An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better in Art courses.  BFA, Animation: An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better in required Art courses and in Animation courses.
  4. Submission of upper division application, reflective essay, and portfolio of work to be reviewed by the Visual & Performing Arts faculty.

Graduation Requirements

  1. An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.00
  2. BFA Programs and BS, Art: complete all requirements for ART498 Senior Exhibition;
  3. BFA Programs: Participate successfully in two group critiques during the senior year;
  4. Minimum grade of C in:
    • BFA, Animation: ART445; ART490; all Animation courses.
    • BFA, ART: Drawing/Illustration specialization-Drawing emphasis:ART204, ART205, ART306, ART345, ART346, , ART445, ART490.
    • BFA, ART: Drawing/Illustration specialization-Illustration emphasis: ART230, ART346, ART381, ART382, ART383, ART445, ART490.
    • BFA, Graphic Design: ART219, ART301, ART319, ART320, ART420, ART445, ART490.
    • BFA, ART: Painting specialization: ART325, ART326, ART425, ART426, ART445, ART490 .
    • BFA, ART: Sculpture specialization: ART267, ART367, ART368, ART445, ART464, ART490.
    • BS, ARTS ADMINISTRATION: ACC225, ACC226, ARTA450, BA211, BA220, ECO201, FIN325, HSM350, MGT208, MGT312, MIS280, MKT209, MKT312.

Please refer to the Education Department section of this catalog for information on the BS in Visual Arts Education.