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Undergraduate Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science Degree Program

Students accepted into the Art Department at New Paltz are automatically enrolled as Visual Arts majors in the Bachelor of Science (BS) program.

The BS degree requires 30 credits of studio electives beyond Foundation courses. Students who do a concentration in photography take at least 18 of the 30 studio elective credits in photography. Of these 18 credits, at least 9 credits should be in intermediate photography courses and at least 3 credits should be in one of the two Capstone courses (ARS450 - The Document; ARS451 - Contemporary Issues in Photography).

In each of these courses, students produce an original body of work which contributes to a cohesive portfolio. Students in the BS program graduate with a Visual Arts degree, with their transcript documenting the extent of their course work in photography.


 

BS Degree Requirements

Freshman Art Foundation courses (15 credits)

Photography and other art studio courses (30 credits)
(at least 18 of which have to be completed in photography for a concentration)

ARS491 - Creative Art Projects: BA/BS (3 credits)
(writing intensive)

Art History courses (18 credits)

  • ARH201 - Art of the Western World I

  • ARH202 - Art of the Western World II

  • ARH358, ARH 359, or ARH 515
    (one course in 20th century art)

  • Art History electives

General Education requirements and elective courses

Total: 120 credits, including 45 upper division credits

 

Suggested Course Sequence for a Photography Concentration

Option I

  • ARS250 - Basic Photography

  • ARS230 - Basic Digital Photography

  • ARS332 - The Large Format Image

  • ARS350 - The Constructed Image

  • ARS450 - The Document

  • Studio Electives

 

Option II

  • ARS230 - Basic Digital Photography

  • ARS331 - Photographic Books and Installations

  • ARS334 - Digital Video

  • ARS333 - Advanced Digital Color Photography

  • ARS451 - Contemporary Issues in Photography

  • Studio Electives

 

Option III

  • ARS250 - Basic Photography

  • ARS230 - Basic Digital Photography

  • ARS333 - Advanced Digital Color Photography

  • ARS350 - The Constructed Image

  • ARS450 - The Document

  • ARS451 - Contemporary Issues in Photography

  • Studio Electives