About the Program
Photography, since its invention almost two hundred years ago, has continued to gain importance not only as a means of artistic expression and visual stimulation but also as an unparalleled vehicle for communication. When words are not understood, the visual image speaks for itself.
Purdue University’s Department of Art and Design offers a well-rounded photography program that includes courses in black and white photography including film development and darkroom printing, digital imaging, alternative processes, studio lighting, digital video and commercial practice in photography. Courses in the history of photography from its beginning until present day help new artists think and see in unique ways. The classes are designed to address the needs of students who seek to be working artists and those interested in commercial practice.
Class sizes are capped under 15 and offer a lot of one on one discussion between instructors and students. Students form close-knit friendships during class and in critique sessions that bring Purdue’s large campus into more of an intimate setting while still offering all of the opportunities and excitement of a major university.
Summary of Program Requirements
The Summary of Program Requirements for Photography and Related Media is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.
Detailed Program Requirements
Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.