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

Revised Requirements- Required for all incoming Photography majors effective Fall 2021 (89 credits-91 credits). 

Note: All students are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 to remain in good academic standing. All required studio arts classes must be completed with a grade of C or higher in order to advance within the degree. Any required studio arts grade of C- or below must be repeated.

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: 28 credits

PHO 1010/ Darkroom Photography : 3 credits
PHO /Advanced Silver Processes: 3 credits
PHO 2511/A Social History of Photography I: 2 credits
PHO 2512/A Social History of Photography II: 2 credits
PHO 2660/Digital Photography I: 3 credits
PHO 3250/View Camera: 3 credits
PHO 3660/Digital Photography II: 3 credits
PHO —/Photography electives: 9 credits

Visual Arts Studio Electives: 15-16 credits

Synthesis Courses: 18 credits

PHO 2880/Sophomore Review: 3 credits
PHO 3690/Junior Seminar and Critique: 3 credits
PHO 4401/Senior Seminar I: 2 credits
PHO 4402/Senior Seminar II: 2 credits
PHO 4990/Senior Project I: 4 credits
PHO 4991/Senior Project II: 4 credits

 

Prior Requirements- Available for all students who declared Photography as a major prior to Fall 2021 (82-84 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: 22 credits

PHO 1010/ Photography 1 : 3 credits
PHO 2030/Photography II: 3 credits
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 2 credits