Photomedia / Degree Requirements

The Photomedia program offers a BFA degree. To graduate with a degree from the University of Washington, students must successfully complete at least 180 course credits. All undergraduates complete a combination of major requirements, general education requirements, and electives. This breakdown is outlined below.

Photomedia (80 Credits)

Introductory Courses — Pre Acceptance (5 Credits)

ART 140: Beginning Photography (5 Credits)
Upon completion of Art 140, faculty will review all portfolios and select 30-40 students to continue with the selection process in the first quarter of second year courses.

Second Year Courses — Autumn Quarter (10 Credits)

ART 241: Intermediate Photo (5 Credits)
ART 338: Photo Theory & Criticism (5 Credits)
At the end of the quarter, portfolios and written work are reviewed by faculty and 20 students are selected into the PhotoMedia BFA.

Second and Third Year Courses (40 Credits)

ART 340: Digital Imaging I (5 Credits)
ART 341: Digital Imaging II (5 Credits)
ART 342: Contemporary Issues in Photomedia (5 Credits)
ART 343: Advanced Photomedia (10 Credits)
ART 440: Senior Thesis in Photomedia (15 Credits)
Studio Art or Related Electives (15 Credits)
ART 120 Issues and Influences in Art
ART 234 History of Sculpture and Public Spaces
ART 334 Professional Practices
ART 334 Public Art Tour
Art History Courses (10 Credits)
Modern Art History (5 Credits)
Select from ART H 203, 380, 381, 382, or 384
Non-western Art History (5 Credits)
Select from ART H 205, 206, 215, 212, 230, 306, 310, 311, 313, 315, 318, 330, or 331

General Education Requirements

English Composition (5 Credits)
Additional Writing (‘w’ courses) (10 Credits)
Quantintative and Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)
Foreign Language (0-15 Credits)

Areas of Knowledge (75 Credits)

Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts; Individuals and Societies; Natural World
More details about General Education requirements are outlined in the Overview of Requirements for an Undergraduate Degree


In addition to the above listed general education requirements and major coursework, students take elective courses across the curriculum to supplement their education. The number of elective credits vary from student to student depending on variations in course of study. Students must take at least as many electives as complete the difference between general education requirements, major requirements, and the 180 credit minimum to graduate from the UW.