For admissions, can I copy photos to complete the portfolio assignment?
No, emphatically no. The portfolio assignment is trying to measure your skills in observation and invention. Using photos prohibits this - and yields a "copied" look. However, we are also interested in your imagination. Presenting ideas of your own are also valuable.
How many terms of traditional drawing classes will I take?
Your first three terms at SMU Guildhall will include traditional drawing class, with an emphasis on the figure.