The Studio Art Program balances technique with conceptual approaches, placing emphasis on the creative process, critical thinking, and visual ideas. All art students share community studios and workshops, and our graduate students also benefit from private art studios. Outside of the classroom, everyone enjoys attending the visiting artists lecture series, showcasing their work at the Mills College Art Museum, and building connections with the Bay Area's vibrant arts community.
The Photography Studio houses state-of-the-art digital imaging equipment alongside our traditional wet lab which is in active use for making silver gelatin prints.
The digital lab houses a suite of Macintosh computers with Adobe’s Creative Suite, Epson flat-bed scanners, a Heidelberg drum scanner, and large-format HP archival printers for printing as large as 64 inchies by 100 feet. A staff or student lab technician is available to help students with their editing and printing needs during open hours. Photography students may also gain access to the Prieto Lab, another on-campus digital imaging lab with advanced image-editing software applications.
Complementing both the wet and dry labs is a large selection of equipment available to enrolled photography students for checkout, including APS-C and Full Frame Canon digital SLRs, an array of small, medium, and large format film cameras, tungsten and strobe lighting, digital and slide projectors, as well as myriad other equipment and sundries to support student projects.
The wet darkrooms are available to enrolled photo students 24 hours a day, seven days a week, except when class is in session. In the wet lab, there are two dedicated film developing rooms, a large collective darkroom with a dozen enlargers capable of printing from 35mm to 4x5 negatives. Additionally, advanced students have access to an alternative processes room, equipped with a large format enlarger and a UV exposure unit, and a mural room with an 8x10 enlarger for large scale printing.
Enrolled photo students may reserve the studio space for large-scale lighting set-ups (subject to availability). Additionally, a motorized copy stand is available for copying two dimensional art. Our finishing room gives students the option of trimming and mounting photos, and our Seal 24" x 32” dry mount press can be used to flatten silver gelatin prints and dry mount prints to archival backing boards.
Graduate students in photography may have access to an individual darkroom, to our mural room for large printing needs, and to our alternative processes room.
Studio Use Guidelines
Studio facilities and equipment checkout are available for regular use only by students enrolled in photography classes, current studio art MFA students, faculty, or staff of the Mills College Art Department who have completed the mandatory orientations.
The schedule for open shop hours changes semester to semester. Please note that when a photography class is in session, students registered in that class have full priority in the shops. Additionally, the labs are closed when workshops are scheduled.
Studio art majors and minors who have taken one of our digital photography or advanced photography classes will continue to have access to the digital lab.
Current Mills College students who have taken one of our darkroom photography or advanced photography classes may continue to have access to the wet labs for up to two semesters by paying a semester fee for chemistry use.
Please contact Photography Studio Technician Michael Halberstadt at email@example.com for more information.
The Sculpture Studio is home to a fully equipped wood shop, metal shop, and spray booth. The wood shop includes a table saw, a panel saw, a band saw, a drill press, disc, belt and spindle sanders, a scroll saw, a router table, two compound miter saws, a 12-inch planer and a 6-inch jointer. The metal shop includes stationary grinders, an Oxy/Acetylene torch, a MIG welder, a Plasma torch, a horizontal band saw, a vertical bandsaw, an abrasive miter saw, a drill press and a roll/brake/shear, and a sandblasting cabinet. Both shops are complimented by a wide array of hand tools, portable power tools, and two industrial sewing machines.
The sculpture studios are available for use only by students, faculty, or staff of Mills College who have completed the mandatory shop safety orientation. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an orientation. The schedule for open shop hours changes semester to semester.
Please note that when a sculpture class is in session, students registered in that class have full priority in the shops. Additionally, the shop is closed when workshops are scheduled.
The Prieto Multimedia Lab is a fine arts studio for interdisciplinary work in electronic media. Activities in the lab focus on the development of aesthetic and conceptual relationships between emerging technologies and traditional art media. Specific areas of interest include CD-ROM authoring, web design, interactive electronics, video, sound, installation, and performance.
The lab is equipped with Apple Macintosh computers, color inkjet printers, flatbed scanners, film/slide scanner, electronic circuit lab, and video and sound support equipment. All computers are networked to provide access to the Internet and campus computing resources.
Digital Lab Basic Orientation
This workshop introduces users to the equipment and procedures used in the Digital Lab. It is a requirement for all prior to using the Digital Lab. If you have not received this orientation during a photo class, please schedule this training with the Studio Technician.
All workshops and trainings for undergraduates are scheduled during class time for introductory and intermediate courses. Upper division juniors and seniors interested in specific skill sets in woodworking, metal fabrication, and casting can be scheduled with the Shop Technician while working on senior projects. Upper division undergraduates also have an opportunity to take an independent study as a shop monitor to learn shop maintenance and assisting other undergraduate students with projects.
The Basic Orientation is a short introduction to standard shop policies and expectations
with the Shop Technician. Orientations for undergraduates are integrated into their
sculpture studio courses and are scheduled in the first semester for all incoming
students. Basic Orientation is mandatory for all additional trainings.
Estimated Length: 30-45 minutes
Please contact our Shop Technician Tim Kopra at email@example.com to schedule an orientation.
In this training we will cover panel, miter, compound miter, and band saws; sanding stations; spindle sander, drill press, and a variety of hand tools used in traditional woodworking, along with jig saws and die grinders.
Intermediate to advanced trainings include router table, planer, joiner, and table
and chain saws.
Prerequisite: Basic Orientation
Please contact our Shop Technician Tim Kopra at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a training.