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
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: 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

Updates to the 2016–20 Purchase College Catalog

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).
  • Total number of credits in the foundation courses corrected (from 19 to 16).