In addition to fulfilling general degree requirements, undergraduate students majoring in photography 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)

Photography Studio Courses: 21 credits

PHO 1010/Photography I: 3 credits
PHO 2030/Photography II: 3 credits
PHO 2320/Looking at Photographs: 3 credits or
   PHO 2510/A Social History of Photography: 4 credits
PHO 2660/Digital Photography I: 3 credits
PHO —/Photography electives: 9 credits

Visual Arts Studio Electives: 15-16 credits

Synthesis Courses: 17 credits

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


Students are also expected to abide by the policies and procedures laid out in the A+D Student Handbook.

Updates to the 2019–21 Purchase College Catalogs

Effective Fall 2020:

  • Added PHO 2510/A Social History of Photography as an alternative to PHO 2320/Looking at Photographs
  • Effective Fall 2019:

    • VIS 1050 is now a 2-credit course.