Integrated Arts
Carve out your own path with a selection of classes from multiple disciplines to get the skills you need to meet your goals.

Integrated Arts

Integrated Arts

Villa Maria’s Integrated Arts program can offer you:

  • A focus on the fundamentals. The art foundation program will be a significant component of your first year, refining your artistic skills in the fundamentals while strengthening an aesthetic sense of visual information. These core courses will provide a base of creative techniques and knowledge of art and its history that will serve as the context for inventive, theoretical work.
  • The freedom to explore. You will also explore one or more art specialties in the first year, choosing introductory classes in a chosen media. Study will include studio- and lecture-based courses.
  • A well-rounded education. Liberal arts, science and business courses will support your program of study. A senior seminar course followed by a senior thesis course will integrate the learning experiences and culminate in an interdisciplinary project.
  • Options for “decideds” and “undecideds.” The Integrated Arts program allows you to pursue a defined career path, or to explore eclectic interests prior to committing to a specific set of educational goals. If you’re engaged in different disciplines, you will combine skills and concepts that will be applied in a career in which the arts overlap and produce a synergy that will strengthen your capabilities for the complex art world of today.
  • A world of opportunity. As part of the program, you’ll complete an internship at an external site. You’ll also benefit from the Buffalo area’s rich artistic community which includes a variety of museums and galleries as well as a number of arts-related businesses and organizations. 

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The Career Potential

When you complete the Integrated Arts program, you’ll have the knowledge and skills necessary for career mobility and flexibility in the art world. You can tailor program content to your individual career goals designing, a curriculum that will prepare you for employment in your chosen field within the arts.

Some examples of career paths you can choose include:

  • Advertising artist
  • Storyboard artist
  • Educator
  • Film/video animator
  • Web designer
  • Interactive media designer
  • Art director
  • Creative director
  • Publisher
  • Entrepreneur/business owner
  • Illustrator
  • Multimedia designer
  • Graphic designer
  • Curator
  • Freelance artist
  • Freelance photographer
  • Art conservator
  • Gallery director
  • Museum administrator
  • Fine artist
  • Fashion designer
  • Textile designer
  • Publication/print media designer

You can also pursue advanced study in a graduate program in Fine Arts or another interdisciplinary art program.

The Facilities

  • An animation studio complete with the latest software in Mac and PC platforms.
  • A graphic design studio equipped with wide screen Apple computers, drawing tables and specialized printers.
  • A dedicated CAD-equipped interior design studio complemented by an interior design resource room.
  • Numerous fine art studios for drawing, painting and more.
  • A fashion design studio for apparel construction along with Bernina Activa 240 sewing stations.
  • A photography computer lab complete with Macs and a large format printer, three darkrooms and a specialized photographic studio space.
  • A wood-working shop equipped with quality power and hand tools.
  • An on-campus art gallery where students have a variety of options for hanging, framing or displaying their art work. The gallery is home to numerous exhibits during the year for visiting artists, faculty and students. Small open display spaces across from the gallery are also used to exhibit student work.


The Requirements

  • At the end of your first year, you, in consultation with art faculty and the career services office, will define a specific goal for continued study. This plan of study will include a statement of purpose and a set of Art courses to be taken as well as Liberal Arts and Business courses that will support your goals.
  • The individual student plan of study will be reviewed and approved by your faculty advisor, art department chair, and the VPAA no later than the beginning of the fourth semester or completion of 45 hours of undergraduate study.
  • You can also pursue advanced study in a graduate program in Fine Arts or another interdisciplinary art program.
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Integrated Arts Curriculum Requirements
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