Where Talent Takes You

Villa is a small, private, catholic college that offers a variety of bachelors and associate degrees in a supportive, student-centered environment.

What Villa’s All About

Villa Maria College is a private, co-educational, Catholic college providing students with the premier student-centered experience in Western New York. Students learn and grow with a culturally diverse population that lives its ideals of truth, charity, and unity.

With a variety of academic programs, our real strength lies in our studio-based education, a 8:1 student to faculty ratio, and educators who bring their real world experience into the classroom. Our faculty consists of working artists, animators, musicians, writers and designers who all place a heavy emphasis on teaching students how to use their talents in real world experiences.

For more information, contact us today at (716) 961-1805

Art Gallery Exhibit: Photography Program Alumni @ Villa Maria College, Paul William Beltz Family Art Gallery
Sep 21 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 26 @ 8:00 pm

Join us for an exhibition celebrating the recent work and accomplishments of alumni from Villa Maria College’s Photography Program. Their work ranges from fine art to commercial and wedding photography.  The opening reception will take place on Sept. 21 from 6-8 PM; the exhibit will be on display through October 26, 2018.

M&T Concert Series: Jonathan Golove/Damon Short Duo @ Villa Maria College, Recital Hall
Oct 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Described by critics both as ‘a well-kept secret’ and ‘a vital piece of the Chicago jazz puzzle’, Damon Short began banging on a variety of toys and household items around the age of four. His original music, with performances on drums, vibes and marimba appears on the Southport, 9Winds, pfMentum and Depth Perception labels. He’s also worked with groups led by Paul Smoker, Vinny Golia, Rob Blakeslee, Michael Vlatkovich, Scott Fields and Anthony Braxton. He is a regular participant in the Chicago Jazz Composers’ Collective.

His influences as a drummer range from Gene Krupa to Andrew Cyrille, among many others; his compositional concepts include both tightly-structured and open-ended forms for ensembles ranging from two to seven (or more) pieces, and reflect at various times the musics of Ellington, Mingus, Braxton, Coleman, Steve Lacy, Gil Evans, Messiaen, Stravinsky, and Harry Partch. Before settling in Chicago in the late 80s, Short spent several years in New Orleans, and that experience remains an underlying facet of his work.

Short’s work has received high praise in national periodicals such as Cadence, Modern Drummer and Down Beat. He has appeared as a leader and sideman at Chicago Jazz Festival, New York’s Knitting Factory, the Hennessy “Best of Chicago” finals, BET and festivals and venues on both coasts.

Student Information Session: Are You Struggling with Your Living Situation? @ Villa Maria College, Counseling Center
Oct 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Seek information about tenants rights and options for housing as well as emergency housing, affordable housing and group homes supporting recovery. Use this opportunity to consult the social worker about your specific needs, whether it be issues related to roommates, landlords or affordability, get connected! Assistance with the application process for affordable housing will be offered, as enrollment is open until Oct. 19th, 2018. Handouts & laptops will be present for further assistance. Don’t wait! Both sessions will take place at the Counseling Center, located across the hall from classroom L50.

Villa Recharge! @ Villa Maria College, Dining Hall
Oct 17 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Recharge and relax during midterm week with Villa Recharge! Stop down to participate in some stress reducing activities, get a massage, and learn more about what our service providers can do to help you during stressful times! Sponsored by Student Life.

See where your talent can take you!

What We’re Known For

Villa Maria College offers a number of signature programs that emphasize applied skills and internships in a nurturing and supportive environment designed to help you be successful.

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