In addition to fulfilling general degree requirements, undergraduate students majoring in the visual arts BS program must complete the following requirements (55 credits), as outlined below:

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 prior to 1800 (lower-level)
ARH —/Art history elective (modern/contemporary)

Studio Electives: 17-18 credits

V —/Visual arts studio electives: 5-6 credits
V —/Visual arts studio electives (upper level): 12 credits

Synthesis Courses: 9 credits

VIS 2880 or 3880/BSVA Seminar I or II: 3 credits
SPJ 4990/Senior Project I: 3 credits
SPJ 4991/Senior Project II: 3 credits


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

Updates to the 2019–20 Purchase College Catalog

Effective Fall 2019:

  • VIS 1050 is now a 2-credit course.