Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Major in Photography

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

General Requirements

  1. The major requires a minimum three-year residency at Texas State.
  2. A minimum of 120 hours are required in this degree program including:

         a) US 1100 is not required for all students. Check with your Academic Advisor prior to enrolling in this course.
         b) 42 hours in the general education core curriculum. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.

         c) 77 hours in the major

     3. All graduation requirements must be met.

     4. All course requirements must be met.

     5. All prerequisites must be met.

     6. Attendance during summer is recommended to allow time for intensive work in Photography courses during regular/long semesters. This intensive work leads to the production of the Thesis work that is required for the portfolio and exhibition during the senior year.

         a) A maximum of 12 hours are recommended each semester of the freshman year, while enrolled in Art Foundation courses and ARTS 1305. Students who are required to take US 1100 will enroll in 13 hours in the first semester.
         b) A maximum of 12 hours are recommended each semester of the senior year while enrolled in ARTS 4366 and ARTS 4367.

     7. ARTS 4200 must be taken concurrently with ARTS 4367.

     8. ARTS 4200, ARTS 4366 and ARTS 4367 are not offered in the summer.

     9. To meet degree requirements in four years:

         a) Complete all required Art Foundation courses and ARTS 1305 in the freshman year, as listed.

         b) Stay on sequence with Photography courses.

    10. Consult with your Academic Advisor if it is not possible to attend summer sessions.

Course Requirements 

Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours 
ARTF 13013ARTF 13033 
ARTF 13023ARTS 13053 
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3ARTH 23013 
ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component code 050)3ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3 
US 110021  
 13 12 
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHoursSummerHours
ARTS 23613ARTS 336132D Studio Art3
ARTS 33223ARTS 336433D Studio Art3
ARTH 23023ARTH 33013HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060)3
Mathematics Component Code 0203HIST 1310 (American History Component Code 060)3COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3
 12 12 12
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHoursSummerHours
ARTS 33653ARTS 43643Art Electives6
ARTS 33663ARTH 33073POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
ARTH 33063Art Elective3Social & Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803
Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303 
 12 12 12
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours 
ARTS 43603ARTS 43673 
ARTS 43663ARTS 420012 
PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy & Culture Component Code 040)3ART Elective3 
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)3 
 12 11 
Total Hours: 120

 Course Options in the Major

Choose 1 course in 2D Studio Art from the following:
Expanded Media I 3
Painting I
Introduction to Printmaking: Screen and Relief
Watercolor I
Screen Printing
Experimental Water Media
Any 2D ARTS Topics Course from ARTS 4308 or ARTS 4309
Choose 2 courses in 3D Studio Art from the following:
Expanded Media I 3
Metals I
Sculpture I
Any 3D ARTS Topics Course from ARTS 4308 or ARTS 4309
Art Electives from the following:
Choose 4 courses from ARTC, ARTH, ARTS, or ARTT
Transfer courses that are evaluated as Art Electives (ELNA in Art, ARTC, ARTH, ARTS and ARTT) will meet this requirement.
Transfer courses that are evaluated as Advanced Art Electives (ELADV in Art, ARTC, ARTH, ARTS and ARTT) will meet this requirement.
Co-requisites and/or prerequisites will not be waived.
Only Communication Design majors may enroll in advanced level ARTC courses.