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Visual Arts Programs at Buffalo State Receive National Accreditation

In-Depth Peer-Review Process Recognizes Quality Curriculum

Posted: May 31, 2007
Buffalo State's programs in the visual arts have all received accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Institutional Membership in NASAD Accreditation is a "stamp of approval"-a sign that an institution has met external criteria for the programs it offers. Accreditation is possible only through peer review.

"I thank the members of the departments who worked so hard to achieve this recognition, and especially John F. Siskar, associate professor of art education, who served as visual arts liaison to the dean," said Dennis McCarthy, interim dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, Buffalo State College. "NASAD accreditation certifies that Buffalo State meets national standards for helping students achieve success in the visual arts by realizing their talents, developing their skills, and reaching their dreams. We are very proud of this achievement, which reinforces generations of excellence in the visual arts at Buffalo State."

Buffalo State's visual arts departments, housed in the School of Arts and Humanities, include the Art Conservation, Art Education, Design, Fine Arts, and Interior Design Departments. More than 75 faculty members in these five departments contribute to Buffalo State's undergraduate and graduate visual arts programs.

Buffalo State is the 25th institution in New York State to receive this accreditation. Other schools and universities offering NASAD-accredited programs in New York State include Pratt Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, Skidmore College, and Sotheby's Institute for Art.

Founded in 1944, NASAD has nearly 250 accredited institutional members today.
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