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Visual Arts


new darkroom facilities at the Robert H. and Blythe Bickel Edwards Center for Art and Dance

The introductory classes in our program emphasize 35mm black-and-white film-based photography.  As part of the intermediate level of the curriculum we offer classes in digital color and large-format photography and our advanced offerings encourage sustained self-directed study. The photography facilities include a 2200-square-foot 18-enlarger gang darkroom and “white” room for print washing and drying, 3 negative developing rooms equipped for 35mm and large format development, a print finishing room, and a critique space. Our digital media lab, also measuring 2200 square feet, has state-of-the-art digital image processing capacity.  It will contain 22 Apple Mac Pros equipped with touch-screen Wacom Cintix Pen Displays and a number of scanners and printers to accommodate the creation of images up to 44" wide.  All photography students have 24-hour key card access to the facilities. 

Darkroom Equipment includes:
Chemicals for Black and White printing and developing
8 Beseler 23C III Enlargers, to be expanded to 15 in the coming months
3 Omega 4 x 5 Enlargers
Each enlarger is housed within an individual workstation. The workstations each have an 11 x 14" adjustable enlarging easel, and a 16 x 20" adjustable enlarging easel is available for larger prints.
2 16x20 Gravity Works archival print washers

Available for check out:
7 4x5 cameras and tripods
1 Arri light kit
1 Rolleiflex medium format camera
1 Mamiya RB67 medium format camera
10 Bogen Tripods

Numerous digital cameras including Canon Rebels from IT Loaning

Digital Media Lab:
11 Mac Pro towers with Wacom Cintix Displays, to be expanded to 22 computers by end of Fall 2013
Epson 4990, 10000XL and V750 Scanners, with addition of two more V750s by end of Fall 2013
2 Epson 3880 17" wide Printers
1 Epson 9880 44" wide large format printer