The Photography Program is an integrated curriculum where both traditional darkroom photography and digital imaging can be achieved. Students will start in Beginning Photography by learning traditional photography using film and printing in the darkroom. In the 300 and 400 level courses both traditional and digital methods of photography will be investigated. The students will need to have a film camera at the beginning level and should have a digital camera at the intermediate and advanced level courses. Both types of cameras need to have the capabilities to be set manually. (No point and shoot cameras).
The UAA Photography Program has a large group darkroom equipped with sixteen Beseler MXT 4x5 enlargers with Beseler Dichro 45S Colorheads. This gives the students the capability to use 35mm. 21/4, and 4x5 format negatives and can print up to 16”x20” prints in both black and white or color. The lab facility also has six individual color darkrooms with 4x5 enlargers and three film loading closets. A Thermophot ACP 502 is used to produce RA color prints. The lab has a four person film developing sink area with temperature controlled water. A large Regal / Arkay print washer and two other 11x14 archival washers. There is a large print mounting table with two Roto-trim cutters, 2- 16x20 dry-mount presses, 1- 20x24 dry-mount press and a bevel edge matte cutter. The photo check out office has all the necessary accessories for darkroom printing. It also has 2 MAC Pros and 1 G5 Macintosh computers all with 23" LCD monitors and with peripheral scanning and printing capabilities. Photo students also have access to the Computer Arts Lab to work digitally.
The UAA Lighting Studio is well equipped with a nine foot studio stand, long-arm boom, light control frames and fabric, Matthews C stands, a backdrop wall with muslin or paper backdrops, a copystand, a flat copy shooting wall, tripods, and many other lighting accessories. Tungsten and strobes are used in the studio along with a Broncolor location lighting kit. Students use their own camera for most of the instruction in the lighting studio but at an advanced level a Toyo 4x5 CX and CF camera are available for use. There is also a computer workstation with a Epson 7500 printer.
The Photography Program also owns a Nikon D1X Digital Camera and a Canon XL1 video camera which can be checked out by advanced students. Overall, UAA’s Photography Program is a well equipped state of the art facility.