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The wide range of equipment and resources available to Photography students on campus at Academy of Art University reflects the breadth of the curriculum that includes traditional photography and digital photography technology.

Spanning four different buildings, the School of Photography facilities offer students all of the equipment and resources necessary to bring their creative visions to life. This includes state-of-the-art cameras, lighting and other studio equipment, wet darkrooms, digital imaging/printing darkrooms, a variety of equipment accessories and specialized working studios.


Darkroom and equipment (studio and location) issue room, 14 studios, MFA darkrooms, BFA intermediate and upper-division darkrooms, digital printing lab, classrooms, full-time faculty and MFA Director offices.

Digital print labs, BFA lower-division darkrooms, classrooms and BFA Director offices.

One large studio subdivided with six movable still-life shooting bays; large cyclorama capable of full-figure, large-group shoots and large-production and car-shooting capabilities; studio equipment issue room; and MFA and BFA upper-division digital printing lab.

Digital photography labs providing a professional-level facility in the area of photo digital imaging and portfolio production and imaging, scanning and printing rooms.


35mm Cameras and Lenses:
  • Canon SLR film cameras
  • Canon Digital SLR cameras for checkout, including but not limited to:
    • Canon 30D
    • Canon 40D
    • Canon 5D
    • Canon 1Ds and 1DS MarkII
  • Lenses ranging from 15mm – 400mm, including  L-series

Medium Format Cameras:
  • H1 with leaf digital back (MFA)
  • Leaf digital back for 4x5, (MFA)
  • Mamiya 6x7, 645 film
  • Hasselblad V-system, including lenses ranging from 40mm – 180mm

View Cameras:
  • Sinar F1
  • Horesman
  • Lenses ranging from 75mm to 300mm

Black and White Darkrooms:
  • Bessler 4x5 enlargers
  • Omega 4x5 enlargers

Studio Strobes and Tungsten Light:
  • Profoto Acute 2 1200w & 2400w
  • Broncolor Grafit A4, Flashman, PrimoA
  • Speedotron 2403CX, 4803
  • Norman P2000D
  • Mole Richardson hot lights
  • Pepper lights 250 - 500 hot lights
  • Arri 650w - 2000w hot lights

Location Lighting:
  • Profoto 7B 1200w Kits
  • Profoto 600B Kits
  • Profoto Acute 2 1200w & 2400w Kits
  • Speedotron 800w Kits
  • Dynaltie 1000w Kits
  • Norman 400B Kits
  • Visatec 600w Kits
  • Pepper light 250w Kits

Digital Darkroom Hardware:
  • Latest generation of Macintosh Computers
  • Lacie Monitors
  • Epson Stylus Photo Series Printers: 1280, 2200, 2400
  • Epson Stylus Professional Series Printers: 3800, 4800, 7600, 9600
  • Canon and Hewlitt-Packard Large Format Printers
  • A variety of film scanners – Nikon, Epson, and Hasselblad/Flextight (MFA)
  • Multi-format card readers
  • Wacom Tablets

Multimedia Equipment:
  • Variety of cameras, sound and motion camera equipment available to students in the Photojournalism/Documentary Emphasis


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