In-house Collaboration Gives Photography Students State-of-the-Art Facility

Article by: Melinda Eddleman

No matter which form of fine arts students pursue, creativity is the name of the game. Del Mar College’s Art and Drama Department’s newly renovated digital and black and white photography studio allows students to express their creativity from behind the lens and using the latest technology. 

The Photography Program’s fully upgraded teaching facility includes a digital imaging lab, black and white wet darkroom and lighting studio with backgrounds that Art faculty and Physical Facilities and Information Technology staff worked together to provide students the learning environment they need to create their work. The renovation provides 120 feet of additional space to display students’ artwork and an open space for more interactive learning.

The digital imaging lab includes 15 iMacs, Epson scanners, Canon Digital Rebels cameras and an Epson large format printer. The fully equipped wet darkroom includes 15 Bessler 23C Enlargers, black and white film processing and 35mm cameras. Students can check out cameras from both areas to complete assignments.  

“Del Mar College’s Art Program teaches and preserves traditional Studio Arts practices while providing our students integral access to the newest technologies and skills necessary to compete in an increasingly visually dominated world,” say Kerstin Dale, assistant professor of art who teaches both digital and black and white photography.

The Art and Drama Department’s programs are nationally accredited. The Art Program is a member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design with the Drama Program holding membership with the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

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IN THE PHOTO: Kaitlin Griffin, a Collegiate High School senior taking classes at Del Mar College, is learning world-class photography skills in the Art and Drama Department;s newly renovated digital imaging lab and wet darkroom. The facility in the Fine Arts Center includes 15 state-of-the-art computers, each with the Adobe Creative Suite. 

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