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Sculpture Studio
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 email Ethan Worden at or call 510.430.3368 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.  Please consult the Workshop schedule for applicable dates.  

Photography Studio
The Photography Studio houses state of the art digital imaging equipment alongside our traditional wet lab still in active use for making silver gelatin prints. In the digital imaging area we have Apple G5s, Epson flat bed scanners, two large format Epson archival printers, a Heidelberg drum scanner and a selection of digital SLRs, as well as equipment for projecting your work. Students may also gain access to the Prieto Lab, another on-campus digital imaging lab with advanced image-editing software applications.

In the wet lab, we have two dedicated film developing rooms and a large collective darkroom with 14 Beseler enlargers. (Graduate students in Photography may have access to an individual darkroom.) Complimenting both the wet and dry labs is a large selection of medium and large format cameras and both tungsten and strobe lighting equipment.

Due to the high enrollment in photography courses, studio facilities and equipment checkout are available for regular use ONLY by students enrolled in photography classes, faculty, or staff of the Mills College Art Department who have completed the mandatory orientations. Graduate students who may not be enrolled in classes, but have completed necessary orientations, may gain access to the labs, and all students enrolled in art and intermedia classes are invited to take the Friday workshop series. Undergraduate and graduate students who are not enrolled in photo classes but who complete the Friday digital imaging workshop sequence may gain access to the digital lab, but may only sign up 24 hours before the desired time slot. Priority access to given to students enrolled in photography courses. Please email Phil Bond at for more information.

The digital lab is always monitored.

The wet darkrooms are available to enrolled photo students 24 hours/day, seven days a week except when class is in session.