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The Visual Arts BS Program | Academic Requirements | Student Learning Outcomes

BS in Visual Arts: Academic Requirements

In addition to fulfilling general degree requirements, undergraduate students majoring in the visual arts BS program must complete the following requirements (58 credits), as outlined below:

Foundation Courses: 16 credits
VIS 1050/ComX: 1 credit
VIS 1060/Foundation Drawing: 3 credits
VIS 1070/Extended Media: 3 credits
VIS 1080/Visual Language: 3 credits
VIS 1260/3-D Processes: 3 credits
VIS 1330/Lens and Time: 3 credits

Art History Courses: 16 credits
ARH 1020/History of Art Survey II
ARH —/One course in the history of art prior to 1800 (lower-level)
ARH —/Art history elective (modern/contemporary)
ARH —/Art history elective (upper level)

Studio Electives: 18 credits
V —/Visual arts studio electives: 6 credits
V —/Visual arts studio electives (upper level): 12 credits

Synthesis Courses: 8 credits
SPJ 4990/Senior Project I: 4 credits
SPJ 4991/Senior Project II: 4 credits

Notes on the Curriculum
Visual Arts Studio Electives | Core Curriculum | Minors
Upper-Level Credits | Internships | Senior Project

Visual Arts Studio Electives
The requirements include 18 credits of visual arts studio electives, 12 of which are upper level. These electives can be taken within a particular area of study or spread among the various disciplines in the School of Art+Design.

Core Curriculum
The core curriculum provides students in the BS program with a foundation in the liberal arts. VIS 1050 (required for the major) satisfies the Freshman Seminar core curriculum requirement for incoming freshmen in BS programs.

Students are encouraged to pursue a minor in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, or performing arts. A minor provides a more interdisciplinary framework for the study of visual arts and more depth within a particular discipline than courses in the core curriculum alone can offer. While four of the five courses required for the minor in art history are included in the major requirements, students are encouraged to explore other minors. Students who complete a five-course minor in a field other than art history will normally have room for only two electives in their course of study. To learn more about minors offered at Purchase College, please visit Majors & Minors at a Glance.

Upper-Level Credits
A total of 45 upper-level credits are required for the Bachelor of Science degree. This includes upper-level visual arts studio, art history, core curriculum, and elective courses, as well as the senior project.

Students may take two 4-credit internships with an organization, company, or working visual arts professional. These credits may be applied toward the visual arts studio elective requirements or the upper-level elective requirements. Internships are optional and subject to an academic sponsor’s approval.

Senior Project
Students are encouraged to pursue a senior project that combines two areas of study, one within the visual arts and one within a minor area. Such an interdisciplinary project would involve visual analysis, research, critical thinking, writing, and methods of documentation. Students may also choose to complete all 8 credits of their senior project (SPJ 4900/Senior Project I and SPJ 4991/Senior Project II, 4 credits each) in the visual arts or in their minor area of study, as long as the subject matter pertains in some way to the visual arts. The senior project for the BS in visual arts does not require an exhibition component.

Updated June 23, 2016

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