In addition to fulfilling general degree requirements, undergraduate students majoring in painting/drawing must complete the following requirements (82 credits):

Foundation Courses: 16-17 credits

VIS 1050/ComX: 2 credits
or VIS 2150/Key Class: 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: 12 credits

ARH 1020/History of Art Survey II: 3 credits
ARH —/One course in the history of art before 1800 (lower-level)
ARH —/Art history elective (modern/contemporary)

Painting/Drawing Studio Courses: 27 credits

PAD 1000/Painting I: 3 credits
PAD 2000/Painting II: 3 credits
PAD 2050/Painting III: 3 credits
or PAD 2350/Intermediate Drawing: 3 credits
VIS 2100/Color or VIS 2110/Color Seminar: 3 credits
PAD 3000/Junior Studio I or PAD 3001/Junior Studio II: 3 credits
PAD 3500/Materials and Techniques: 3 credits
VIS 4470/Field Trips: 3 credits
PAD —/Drawing elective: 3 credits
PAD —/Painting or drawing elective: 3 credits

Visual Arts Studio Electives: 9-10 credits

Synthesis Courses: 17 credits

PAD 2010/Sophomore Seminar: 3 credits
PAD 3010/Junior Seminar: 3 credits
PAD 4010/Senior Seminar and Critique: 3 credits
PAD 4990/Senior Project I: 4 credits
PAD 4991/Senior Project II: 4 credits

Sophomore Review

Students who choose to major in painting/drawing are required to participate in a sophomore review, conducted during the spring semester. This allows students to be reviewed by full-time faculty and to present their work in a group critique format. Students should contact the board-of-study coordinator for specific information on the review process and timeline. Students who do not successfully pass sophomore-level coursework are encouraged to work with the School of Art+Design administration and faculty to find a path to successful study or another major that will better fit their educational goals.

Updates to the 2016–20 Purchase College Catalog

Effective Fall 2020:

  • PAD 2350/Intermediate Drawing may be taken instead of PAD 2050/Painting III

Effective Fall 2019:

  • VIS 1050 is now a 2-credit course.

Effective Fall 2017:

  • VIS 2150 is now required for all transfer students (freshmen take VIS 1050).
  • Course numbers corrected: Color (VIS 2100) and Field Trips (VIS 4470)