College of Liberal Arts
The photography and related media program is designed to encourage critical thinking and to expose students to the theoretical as well as technical practices of photography, in both the historical and contemporary spheres. The faculty is strongly committed to helping students find a working balance between the aesthetic, theoretical, and political aspects of photography, along with the rigorous (at times) technical expertise required to realize these goals. By providing a multidisciplinary base, informed by a strong foundation in theory and criticism, students work closely with faculty and peers to develop their unique direction and focus as working artists.
A portfolio is not required to begin this major as a freshman. However, students are required to pass a comprehensive portfolio review in the spring of their sophomore year. The review is based on the student's work in Purdue photography courses. Students not selected to continue in upper-level photography work with their academic advisor to change to their second-choice major.