Studios

Beginning undergraduate students in the Program in Art and Program in Photography and Media share studios. MFA students and most upper-level undergraduates in these programs are assigned individual studios. Graphic Design students are assigned individual desks and workspaces in a shared studio environment. Most studios are spacious and receive natural light.

MFA Art and Technology students have a shared common studio space. This space functions as a working studio and a social “affinity space” which allows for peer-to-peer communication and collaborative possibilities. Students are assigned a designated area within the common studio for their individual use.

All studios are available to students around-the-clock seven days a week during the academic year.


MacLab

The MacLab is used for creating digital and print-based work, including drawing, painting, photo manipulation, editorial design, type design, 3D rendering, motion graphics, sound design and web, CD and DVD authoring. The lab is equipped with Macintosh workstations with high-speed Internet connections, black-and-white high-resolution printers, video projectors, flatbed and slide scanners, digital still and digital video cameras and CD and DVD burners.

Two adjunct labs support the MacLab: Pre-Press offers fee-based large-format printing while the MotionLab provides digital editing and DVD authoring facilities as well as digital video cameras for check-out.


Photo Lab

The Photo Lab supports both traditional processes and digital media production.

Equipment includes a 31-inch-capacity black-and-white processor, a 16-inch-capacity Cibachrome color processor, a 52-inch-capacity color processor, black-and-white printing bays, color darkrooms, film developing rooms, a lighting studio, a copy room, a print finishing room and an 8x10-inch color mural enlarger.

The Photo Lab's high-end film recorder allows students to output digital images to slides and negatives in black-and-white as well as in color. The lab's digital darkroom features Macintosh workstations with Internet connections and peripherals that support flatbed and film scanning, printing, web design, CD and DVD authoring and non-linear video editing.

Students can also check out a variety of cameras (ranging from 35mm to 8x10-inch), camera accessories, printing equipment, digital still and digital video cameras, slide projectors, installation devices and lighting equipment.


Print and Media Lab

The Print Lab & Media Lab has various production methods available including: Screen printing (including  T-Shirt presses), intaglio, lithography, letterpress, bookbinding. The darkroom area has multiple exposure systems for producing plates and screens. Students who have attended a primary orientation (in Fall semester) and have paid a security deposit may check materials out though an equipment checkout system - this includes squeegees, scoopcoaters, brayers, rollers and other items. Checked-out equipment is lent on a 24 hour maximum basis.

The Lab also includes a Digital Lab consisting of 7 workstations, 2 scanners and basic small scale output for producing film for exposure as well as pre-production support for media projects. 

Output Services and the Cage are fee based, student run areas - open limited hours that change each semester (see posted schedule or consult www.artserve.calarts.edu). All sales and services are prepaid at the Cashiers Window in accounting (no cash, check or credit - no running balances in the Lab) and recharge projects must include downloaded editable PDF forms ( i.e. digitally completed) as well as departmental authorization (including signature and budget) support documents before transaction. Downloaded forms and basic information is available at www.artserve.calarts.edu - see Lab Hours and Account info on upper right of screen.

The Cage supplies paper, inks, plates and screen emulsion. 

Output Services provides 44" inkjet printing on Lab supplied (i.e. no outside materials) photo media and clear film, laser cutting (maximum size 16' x 12", see operators for material restrictions) and vinyl cutting. Proper file set up is absolutely necessary and requirements for files may be reviewed at www.artserve.calarts.edu.
Practicum course on Printmaking
Practicum course on Printmaking

Super Shop

The Super Shop is an Institute-wide resource that provides facilities and technical instruction for making three dimensional artwork. It is a sculpture driven workspace with full woodworking, metal fabrication, sand-blasting and spraying facilities. Basic hand tools are available for check out.