Photography courses usually take place in Art-8 on the MC campus. Art-8 is located just southeast of the MC Theatre front entrance. The lecture and dark rooms occupy 1,600 square feet in the Arts Division. The lecture room converts into a fully-equipped studio for commercial and portrait sessions. The darkroom has 12 black & white enlargers, six film-processing darkrooms, three color printing rooms and a finishing area. All students learn to develop negatives, process color slides, and print from both black & white and color films.
Studio lighting is taught with Norman strobes attached to 35mm, medium format, or 4x5 cameras. Beginning students usually work with 35mm films, while advanced students have their choice of 35mm, 120, or 4x5. Studio photographers learn to create images and maintain total control over lighting.
Digital coursework is now part of the program. Classroom Art 2 contains 12 computers equipped with Adobe Photoshop software and a new class, Art 40A--Digital Art, is required for the Photo AA degree.