The School of Art + Design provides a work environment conducive to developing your own creative direction. Students work in dedicated studio spaces and have access to our extensive laboratory, workshop, and exhibition resources. The equipment housed in our labs range from state of the art 2D/3D digital output to traditional woodworking equipment and from digital photographic printing to chemical darkrooms.
Our digital labs provide students access to a wide range of hardware and technology, including over 100 Macintosh and Windows workstations, professional film and flatbed scanners, 10 large format photo quality inkjet printers, as well as laser printing, vinyl printing/cutting, 3D scanning, 3D printing, and laser cutting equipment. Software available includes industry standard applications for photo/video editing, sound design, page layout, 3D modeling and rendering, and animation.
The Digital Commons (235 A+D) is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and closed for university holidays and breaks.
Digital Output Lab and Service Desk
The Digital Output Lab hosts our state of the art self-service large format inkjet printing facility, laser printing, and 3D printing. The Digital Output Lab assistant can help you find and get started using the equipment that you need.
At the Service Desk, equipment is used through consultation with on-site lab assistants during open hours. Please consult with our lab assistants during open hours to schedule an appointment on our advanced 3D printers, laser cutter, and vinyl printer/cutters.
The Computer Classrooms (225, 229, 228, and 232 A+D) have 20 student workstations and an instructor station with projector and audio/visual equipment. Like the Digital Commons, these labs are also available 24/7 for student use outside of scheduled class times.
The Checkout Window provides Art + Design students the opportunity to take advantage of our wide selection of equipment. The Checkout Window is also the place to schedule time in our photography studios and reserve any of our numerous student exhibition/installation spaces.
Equipment available to students at the Checkout Window includes:
- Professional DSLR cameras and lenses
- Digital video cameras
- Tripods, dollies, glidecams, and sliders
- Audio recording equipment
- Film and print processing tools
- Digital projection and exhibition equipment
- Medium and large format film cameras
- Continuous and strobe lighting equipment
3D Fabrication Labs
The School of Art + Design maintains several workshops equipped with a wide selection of hand and power tools for the manipulation of wood, metal, and other three-dimensional materials.
Equipment available to students in the 3D Fabrication Labs includes:
- Hand tools
- Power sanders (belt/disc, spindle, and drum)
- Saws (table, compound miter, scroll, panel, and band)
- Drill presses
- Hot wire tools
- Flexshaft/Dremel tools
- Vacuum former
- Plasma cutting
- MIG and TIG welding
- Shopbot CNC routers
The recently renovated darkroom complex includes film processing, 20 enlarging stations, and other resources. The Checkout Window maintains a large inventory of darkroom accessories, film and digital cameras, and other equipment. Lab assistants are available to answer your questions, to help you with information, or to direct you to other sources. In addition, all students registered for Photography courses that use the darkrooms also have full access to computer labs, which have film, slide, and flatbed scanners, as well as a wide variety of digital output devices.
Ink Print Labs
The Ink Lab is home to printing presses and equipment for a wide range of printmaking processes, including screenprint, intaglio, relief, lithography, and letterpress. This comprehensive print studio lets students combine traditional printmaking processes with digital technologies available in other Art + Design labs, such as use of CNC router and laser cutter, to create print matrices.
Equipment available in the Noble Ink Lab includes:
- Charles Brand lithography press with aluminum plate backer, 29" × 48"
- Griffin lithography press with aluminum plate backer, 25" × 40"
- Over 30 litho stones, up to 20" × 25"
- Large stone graining sink and levigators
- Amergraph plate exposure unit, 31" × 41"
- Charles Brand etching press, 36" × 60"
- Takach etching press, 24" × 48"
- Antique etching press, 16" × 30"
- Aquatint box
- Vertical acid bath for copper plates
- Metal plate shear
- Takach hot plate, 24" × 36"
- Ventilated fume hood
- Poly-lite screen exposure unit, 26" × 42"
- Screen sprayout booth and power washer
- Challenge electric paper guillotine, 18" wide
- 3 Vandercook letterpresses
- Extensive collection of image cuts, and wood and metal type
- Washington press
- Nolan sign press
Ceramics and Metals
The School of Art + Design hosts open studios in the Art + Design Building (Rooms 40 and 39) and Flagg Hall (Rooms 50 and 127) for individual explorations of processes and techniques for students with facilities access. They are all open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. At the undergraduate level, majors have individual spaces in large group studio environments. At the graduate level, students have individual dedicated studios close to area expertise.