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2015-2016 University Catalog 
2015-2016 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Photography and Related Media, BA

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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.

Art Studies-BA
120 Credits

Photography & Related Media Major Requirements (45 credits)


A Comprehensive portfolio review process will be implemented before the student may continue in this concentration. The review will take place at the end of each semester, as soon as the student has finished AD 11700 , AD 11900 , AD 23600 , and AD 26700 . The evaluation will be based on the final projects in each of those classes.

A group exhibition will be held following the completion of AD 42100  and AD 42200 .

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (54-56 credits)

  • ENGL 10600 - First-Year Composition or
  • ENGL 10800 - Accelerated First-Year Composition

  • COM 11400 - Fundamentals Of Speech Communication
  • Other Languages (Proficiency through Level IV in one language) - Credits Hours: 12.00
  • Mathematics - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Statistics - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Western Heritage - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • United States Tradition - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Other Cultures - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Aesthetic Awareness - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Racial and Ethnic Diversity - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Gender Issues - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Social Ethics - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Individual and Society - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Global Perspective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Natural Sciences - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Natural Sciences Lab - Credit Hours: 3.00

Electives (19-30 credits)

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

Program Requirements

15-17 Credits

15-16 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

15-16 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

15-16 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

  • AD 38300 - Modern Art or Elective
  • AD REQ C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Gender Issues - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • United States Tradition - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

  • AD REQ C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • AD REQ C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • AD 38400 - Contemporary Art or Elective
  • Western Heritage - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

15 Credits


120 semester credits required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

32 credit hours at 30000 level or higher required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

Degree Requirements

The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

Degree Works is knowledge source for specific requirements and completion

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

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