Buffalo State's art conservation program is one of the leading graduate programs of its kind in North America and accepts only 10 students a year. Program graduates can be found in the conservation labs of major institutions across the United States, including the Smithsonian Institute, the National Gallery of Art, the Library of Congress, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Founded in 1871, Buffalo State College has grown into the largest four-year college of arts and sciences in the State University of New York system. Over the past several decades the college has expanded to include a broad spectrum of programs in the arts, humanities, social and natural sciences, technology, and education. Today, Buffalo State offers more than 170 undergraduate programs and graduate degrees in over 60 disciplines. The college is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the University of the State of New York Board of Regents. Its graduate programs are registered and certified by the New York State Education Department. The college is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States and all Visual Arts programs, including the Art Conservation Department, are accredited by NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design).
The Art Conservation Department partners with area institutions, which provide a wealth of fine art, ethnographic objects, and archaeological materials for student projects. Students have the opportunity to treat the world-class collections from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Buffalo History Museum, Burchfield Penney Art Center at Buffalo State, and the Buffalo Museum of Science.