Academics

Undergraduate Curriculum

The Art Department at the State University of New York at New Paltz offers two degrees in photography which students can pursue. 



The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA) offers the most in-depth course work in photography (33 credits); combined with art studio courses (36 credits), art history (12 credits), and liberal arts courses (30 credits). The BFA in photography provides an intensive and immersive experience for future exhibiting artists and aspiring professional photographers. It is essential preparation for students intending to pursue graduate studies in photography.



The Bachelor of Science degree in Visual Art (BS) offers a concentration in photography within a broader liberal arts education. This option combines photography courses (18 credits) with art studio courses (27 credits), art history (18 credits) and liberal arts courses (60 credits). With this knowledge, students can begin careers in commercial photography and photo production, or work in galleries, museums, and arts organizations.