Learning Environments

Two students working at a sound board.

With access to student exhibition spaces, video production, sound, digital, print media, sculpture, editing, dance studios, labs, and more, right in the UBCFA, our university students have the resources to experiment and create.

Department of Art

art gallery.

Lower Art Gallery

The Department of Art’s Lower Art Gallery is dedicated to showing National, International, Local and Students works throughout the school year. Every year the gallery offers one opportunity to a graduate student to curate a distinctive show.

project space gallery.

The Project Space

The Project Space is a gallery open to all students and faculty to explore, test out and showcase new and experimental works. Students are encouraged to sign out the gallery to organize shows of their own making. 

microphone in sound studio.


State-of-the-art studios and labs are available for our students. This includes a variety of audio, graphic design and emerging practices labs, painting, drawing and print media studios, digital and wet-process photography labs and photography/video and sculpture studios.

Counter with shelves of art equipment for rental.

Art Service Centers

In addition to our well-equipped classrooms, labs and studio spaces, we offer art and design students three popular service centers, the Art Resource Center (ARC), Big Archival Prints (BAP) and the Laser Cutting Lab (LCL)

Department of Media Study

Three people in a dark screening room with projections on two walls.

The Department of Media Study, provides state-of-the-art facilities and equipment that give students hands-on experience with the latest gear and best practices available.

students behind counter with media equipment.

Equipment Room

The Department of Media Study offers access to a range of tools and devices integral to the practice of media arts. As the field of media arts grows, Media Study’s services and tool-set has also expanded.  

Computer with audio editing screen.

Production Labs

Media Study provides access to over 50 computer stations across multiple labs with various OS platforms for video production, programming, web, and more.

Students using iMacs.

Classrooms, Screening Rooms and Production Spaces

Media study also has access to several screening rooms and production classroom/soundstage and a production studio. The Silverman Multimedia Collections and Services on the third floor of Capen Hall is another excellent resource for students. The Department of Media Study also features its own collection of more than 1,000 videos, films, and DVDs accessible to instructors for their classes.

Department of Music

Slee Hall.

Slee Hall and Lippes Concert Hall

Slee Hall, connected to Baird Hall as part of the North Campus Academic Spine, adjacent to the Center for the Arts, plays a crucial role in the creation and presentation of music at the University at Buffalo. In addition to being the home of the Computer Music Studios, Slee Hall contains the 670-seat Lippes Concert Hall, a beautiful venue with a variable acoustical structure, which serves as the home to a number of notable concert series.

C.B Fisk Organ in Lippes Concert Hall.

C.B. Fisk Organ

The centerpiece of Lippes Concert Hall is the C.B. Fisk organ, one of the premiere teaching organs on the East Coast. It is one of the largest mechanical-action organs in Western New York and is one of a very few organs to combine a fully mechanical stop action with a state-of-the-art computerized electronic combination action. Unique in its design at the time, the organ has become very influential, with numerous subsequent organs being based on its design. It is, however, most remarkable for its timbral and registral diversity, equally at home in the repertories of the North-German Baroque, 19th Century France, or the early 20th Century.

Students and a professor around a piano.

Baird Hall

The primary home of the Department of Music, Baird Hall is located in the Arts & Athletics Complex on the UB North Campus. Classrooms are well-equipped with recently-updated audio and visual technology, including several large-screen LCD screens often used in courses on film music and multimedia study. Shared practice rooms containing pianos are assigned to all Undergraduates majoring in Music. Additionally, Baird Hall houses the Percussion Studio, two organ practice rooms, and instrument storage facilities. As a part of the "Academic Spine," Baird Hall is connected to the remainder of the UB North Campus through a series of elevated walkways and tunnels, and is directly connected to Slee Hall (containing the Computer Music Studios, Lippes Concert Hall and additional rehearsal facilities and faculty offices).

Baird Recital Hall.

Baird Recital Hall

Centered in the building is Baird Recital Hall, one of two primary venues for Department of Music sponsored events. The hall is capable of seating 150, and is equipped with a stage, footlights, klieg lights, 5.1 surround loudspeaker setup, a large projection screen and control room. A more intimate setting than Lippes Concert Hall, Baird Recital Hall typically serves as the venue for chamber music performances, guest lectures and multi/intermedia presentations.

Department of Theatre and Dance

Three dance students on stage.

The Department of Theatre and Dance boasts an array of resources for classroom training, practical preparation for productions, and numerous performance opportunities. In the UBCFA, students utilize the facilities including a flexible black box theater, a proscenium stage, a rehearsal workshop, numerous dance studios, scene and costume shops, and a craft room.

Rehearsal Workshop.

Rehearsal Workshop

This space is used for acting classes and as a rehearsal space for department productions. The room is configured like the Black Box Theatre, but more modestly equipped for lighting and sound. Many excellent student-initiated shows have been produced in this space.

Dancers in a studio.

Dance Studios

Most of our dance classes and rehearsals for dance concerts happen in these studios. Each studio has a marley floor, an individual sound system, and 18-foot high mirrors on two sides.

Bird's eye view of a scene workshop.

Scene Shop

This shop houses all the tools and equipment used for building a show. Everything is done here, from carpentry to painting to welding. We place particular emphasis on providing a safe environment in which to work, so the shop includes a separate welding booth and dust collection system.

A dress form in the foreground, with designs pinned to wall in background.

Costume Shop

With its natural light and windows overlooking Lake LaSalle, this large airy room provides an excellent environment for designing and sewing costumes.

Close up of hands, wearing rubber gloves, pouring liquid into a large pot.

Craft Room

This large well-appointed room is dedicated to props and other craft-related projects.

Shadows of stage lighting on a green background.

Design Suite

This suite includes a drafting studio, lighting lab and a ten-seat computer lab with design software, including Vectorworks, WYSIWIG, and Adobe Photoshop. A separate Project Studio for Sound Design is located adjacent to the Black Box theatre, and houses our ProTools recording suite.

Katherine Cornell Theatre, students performing with aerial ropes and fabrics suspended from the ceiling.

Katharine Cornell Theatre (KCT)

Katharine Cornell Theatre is located in UB’s Ellicott Complex for both class and performance use. This unique “diamond-in-a-diamond” shaped space seats up to 340 and yet still manages to have an intimate feel. For about a decade, PBS’s Mark Russell political satire shows were broadcast from this theatre.