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BFA in Photography: Academic Requirements

In addition to fulfilling general degree requirements, undergraduate students majoring in photography must complete the following requirements (85 credits):

Foundation Courses: 19 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 1250/2-D Processes: 3 credits
VIS 1260/3-D Processes: 3 credits
VIS 1270/4-D Processes: 3 credits

Art History Courses: 12 credits
ARH 1020/History of Art Survey II
ARH —/One course in the history of art before 1800 (lower-level)
ARH —/Art history elective (modern/contemporary)

Photography Studio Courses: 21 credits
PHO 1010/Photography I: 3 credits
PHO 2030/Photography II: 3 credits
PHO 2320/Looking at Photographs: 3 credits
PHO 2660/Digital Photography I: 3 credits
PHO —/Photography electives: 9 credits

Visual Arts Studio Electives: 16 credits

Synthesis Courses: 17 credits
PHO 2880/Sophomore Seminar: 3 credits
PHO 3690/Junior Seminar: 3 credits
PHO 4400/Senior Seminar and Critique: 3 credits
PHO 4990/Senior Project I: 4 credits
PHO 4991/Senior Project II: 4 credits


Updates to the 2013–15 College Catalog:

Effective Fall 2014:

  • All courses previously offered under the VPH prefix are now offered under the PHO prefix. The senior project (formerly PHO 4990, two semesters, 8 credits total) is now PHO 4990/Senior Project I and PHO 4991/Senior Project II, 4 credits each.

Updated March 5, 2014

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