In Fall 2012, the Photography Program, along with its partner programs in the Commercial and Entertainment Arts Department (Graphic Design, Animation and Radio/Television), moved into the newly constructed Design Technology Center. The 62,837 square foot building is the final project funded through Mt SAC’s 2001 Measure R facilities bond. The $24.4 million building includes classrooms, labs and a 400-seat assembly space. The center consolidates computer-based design programs and will be the foundation for the “Lab School”, a cross-disciplinary collaborative experiential learning environment. The photography facilities occupy approximately 11,870 square feet in the DTC.
The Photography Program’s computer based lab/classrooms are fully equipped with Apple computers, scanners, and inkjet printers, and support multi-media and computer-assisted learning aids to facilitate lecture presentations.
The 2,000 square foot flexible studio space can accommodate up to five sets, and is equipped with Speedotron strobe lighting, continuous light sources, C-stands, a variety of grip equipment, and an assortment of paper and canvas backgrounds, including green-screen.
Our Equipment Issue Room offers a wide variety of equipment for student use, including 35m film and digital cameras, meters, lighting accessories, darkroom accessories, Hasselblad and Phase One medium format cameras, and Phase One large-format systems. Our two darkrooms support conventional photography, with our Beginning Darkroom housing 24 fully equipped enlarger stations and film processing. Our Advanced Darkroom supports advanced professional and alternatives classes with large-format enlargers, two individual darkrooms, and a variety of alternative accessories.