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The Photography program features a variety of studios including critique rooms and digital labs with Imacon scanners and large-format printers, an 18 station black-and-white darkroom and film developing room, a lighting studio, and a print finishing room. MFA students are housed in a generous shared graduate studio space. 

Our students have access to a range of analog and digital SLR cameras, large-format view cameras sized from 4x5 to 20x24 inches, on-location lighting kits, projectors, and other related equipment. All equipment is regularly updated with the latest imaging software. 

In addition, through elective courses, students can gain access to a range of facilities in other areas in the Art Department and beyond to produce their work across media, including well equipped wood studio, sculpture, ceramics, and printmaking facilities. Department wide resources include the Digital Fabrication Lab, which houses 3D printers, scanners, laser cutters, and a large format CNC router. 

MFA and BFA students also have a unique opportunity to exhibit their final thesis exhibition at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. The museum presents exhibitions of historical and contemporary importance and related interpretive programs. The permanent collection, numbering more than 2,000 objects, includes strong emphases in American, European, and Asian prints and a significant collection of photographs.  

Other local resources include the programs of the nearby Women's Studio Workshop, a nationally acclaimed artists book facility, include exhibitions, residencies, and studios in which artists work on projects in photography, printmaking, and book production. CPW in Kingston offers exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and internships Additional museum resources located in the area include: The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, and Dia:Beacon

New York City museums and galleries are only 90 minutes (83 miles) from the New Paltz campus, and are easily accessible by bus or train. 

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