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:

Foundation Courses: 16 credits

VIS 1050/ComX 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 prior to 1800 (lower-level)
ARH —/Art history elective (modern/contemporary)

Studio Electives: 18 credits

V —/Visual arts studio electives: 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


Updates to the 2016–18 Purchase College Catalog

Effective Fall 2017:

  • VIS 2150 now required for all transfer students (freshmen take VIS 1050).
  • The 4-credit, upper-level art history requirement is eliminated.
  • Students must take either VIS 2880 (sophomore year) or VIS 3880 (junior year).
  • SPJ 4990 and 4991 are reduced from 4 credits each to 3 credits each.