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General Information

This is a detailed guide to the facilities available to students and the policies governing their use and is intended to make working in the School of Image Arts a little easier. Please read this section thoroughly to become familiar with the resources available to you - understanding how the technical services are provided is important to allow you to complete your studies in Image Arts.

Labs and Studio Facilities

Access to equipment and facilities is gained through in-class training or with the appropriate instructor’s approval and students must be currently enrolled in specific courses and programs. Students signing out facilities during the evening or weekends must clean up and return keys at least fifteen minutes before the Technology Resource Centre closing time.

Photo Production Facilities

During the day and evening, the analogue photography darkroom is reserved for specific classes. When there is no class scheduled, the darkroom is available to students with access privileges on a first-come, first-served basis. Students must be sign out at the Technology Resource Centre before using. Access is granted to labs, darkroom, studios or equipment only after the student has attended a Student Safety Orientation.

IMA 123

The Darkroom is equipped with:

14 enlarger stations and one shared sink.

B&W Paper (RC) Processor – no fibre-based paper

B&W 4x5 Film Processor

Large Format / Fibre-Based Printing IMA B-03

Access: Photography students with appropriate clearance from instructor. Student must sign out facility key from the Technology Resource Centre.

Advanced and Historical Darkrooms IMA B03, B08

Access: Second, third, fourth year and MFA students who have attended a Student Safety Orientation with Technical Staff.

Photography Studio IMA 210

This is a large studio space that can accommodate up to 20 students working simultaneously. The studio is supplied with a variety of professional lighting units, electronic flash systems and softboxes. The studio contains a seamless “cyc” wall, which allows students to do portraiture and fashion-related photography. The studio also serves as a critique space.

Scheduled classes have priority. Spare bays are released to other students thirty minutes after a scheduled class commences if the instructor gives permission. When there is no class scheduled, the bays are free to students with access on a first-come, first-served basis. Bays must be signed out from the Technology Resource Centre before using.

Access: Photo students who have undergone the Studio Safety Orientation.

Print Finishing Room - Basement outside of Technology Resource Centre

This space offers Mat cutting, print mounting, paper cutting and a print viewing station.

Access: All Image Arts students.

Photographic Imaging Centre

IMA 233

The PIC facility houses photographic quality inkjet printers that can produce test prints and up to 13x19 prints. Students bring their digital files to this facility and print themselves. There is a charge for all prints made and the price list is posted at the facility.

Access to Student Printers is booked by emailing to request the time you would like to print. Your requests will be answered by return email, usually the same day.

Also available are high-end film scanners, allowing students in all three undergraduate and graduate programs, to scan film, both positive (slides) and negative, in all formats from 35mm to 8x10. Students wanting to use this facility must take a scheduled workshop first before they will be eligible for access. There is one print viewing station in the room and one just outside of the room in the corridor.

Access to PIC is booked by emailing to request the time you would like to scan. Your requests will be answered by return email, usually the same day.

Hours of Operation:

A schedule will be posted at the beginning of each term.

Access: 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year Image Arts students and graduate students following an orientation.

Digital Printing Facility

IMA 230

This facility provides photographic quality inkjet prints on a variety of different papers, in cut sheet sizes and roll format. The facility contains a number of large format printers capable of producing prints up to mural size. Students can bring their digital files to this facility and have their images output to a number of different paper surfaces. Please note that students do not print the files themselves. There is a charge for all prints made and a price list is posted at the facility door.

You are welcome to come by during our open hours and we will be glad to answer any questions you may have about papers, file specifications and price. Payment for prints is handled two ways:

  1. Through a voucher called a PIC Voucher, which you can obtain from the Cash Office in Jorgenson Hall.
  2. Through the use of your ONE CARD. There is no cash or credit. Prints are only given out upon receipt of payment. To load funds in your card, a ONE CARD deposit machine is conveniently located beside the Technology Resource Centre, IMA B-18.

Hours of Operation:

A schedule will be posted at the beginning of each term.

Access: All Image Arts Students

The following technical support staff operates these facilities:

Michelle Fletcher, Digital Imaging Technologist, IMA 224

Jane O’Donnell, Digital Imaging Assistant, IMA 230

The Creative School Computer Lab

IMA 234

35 iMac stations with flatbed scanners.

Access: All students in The Creative School.

Your one-card is required to access this facility. Scheduled day and evening classes retain priority for this facility and a class schedule is posted on the door.

Film and Editing Facilities

During the day and evenings, film editing labs are reserved for specific classes. Spare labs are released thirty minutes after a scheduled class commences, so that students who are not in the scheduled class may sign out unused facilities. When there is no class scheduled, these facilities are free to students with access privileges on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability. Lab keys are signed out from the Technology Resource Centre. Labs may be reserved in advance although classes have priority. Please note that if you have not used the space by the first half hour of your booking, your reservation will be removed and you will be penalized as a ‘no-show’ (see the section on Fines and Penalties for more information).

Film Editing Room IMA 122

16mm editing benches each with a splicer and film viewer.

Access: All Film and Senior students (with training).

Non-linear Digital Editing Suites IMA 331, 338 – 346, 349

All suites include a 27” iMac computer with editing capability, M-box and network connectivity.  Students must supply their own portable hard drive.  A 500GB Hard drive with USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt interface is highly recommended as a minimum.  Students are expected to provide their own headphones for these facilities.

Access: All Film and trained students.

Motion Picture Lab - IMA 327

This facility houses an Arri 1000 II 16mm/35mm black & white motion picture film processor, a Peterson 16mm contact printer, a ScanStation Personal film scanner and a film loading room. An Oxberry animation stand for 16mm & digital animation, plus a Bell & Howell Model J contact printer are available for trained student use. 

Lab orders require completion of an  (google form) online order form (external link) , which is regularly updated with info on procedures, pricing, etc. A QR link to this form is also posted by the lab's film drop-box.

Films can be deposited in the drop-box anytime the building is open but orders are collected only twice a week and fulfilled the following day by 6pm.

The Motion Picture Lab is operated by Film Production and Preservation Technician Mark Loeser. Contact him at

Image Arts Soundstage - IMA 301

The Image Arts Soundstage features 2800 sq. ft of open, sound-insulated workspace with seamless ‘cyc’ walls, green screen, a dedicated silent ventilation system, Joy 50A and Twist-Lock 20A circuits, fixed and movable lighting grids, a Colourtran programmable lighting board, 9 floor-to-ceiling sound-baffling travelers, an Arri articulated camera dolly, a 20’ x 15’ projection screen, a 40’ moveable scaffold and a full complement of props, 10’x4’ flats and set pieces. There is a complete supply of lights, stands and ancillaries and a fully equipped set construction workshop adjacent to the sound stage.

The Soundstage is a bookable facility available to Film students who have completed Cinematography courses and the Sound Stage Safety Orientation Seminar. Students must complete a Sound Stage Application prior to booking this space for periods greater than 1 day. Scheduled day and evening classes retain priority for Soundstage use.

Additional training is required for use of the Scaffolding, Camera Dolly, Lighting Grids, and Colourtrans. Electrical Safety rules, proper rigging practices, appropriate set construction and general sound stage discipline must be observed at all times.  The Skyjack lift can only be operated by individuals trained and certified on this equipment.

Recording and Mixing Facility

IMA 302, 302A

These multi-track digital recording and mixing facilities include a sound booth and a Foley Pit. Space is booked through the Technology Resource Centre when classes permit. This is a shared space for The Creative School students who have been trained in this facility.

UHD Editing and Colour Correction Facility - IMA 302B

This facility is booked through the IMA Technology Resource Centre and is a shared space for The Creative School students who have been trained and cleared to use by their School.

Integrated Digital Facility - IMA 322

This facility serves as a classroom for the Integrated Digital option and production studio for senior level students. Students have access to the studio once they complete a Safety Orientation. The facility is signed out by students through the Technology Resource Centre when classes permit and not booked for special presentations.

The Creative School Global Learning Centre - IMA First Floor

This new space is for international virtual co-curricular collaboration, for students participating in The Creative School international learning opportunities. It features high-end teleconferencing equipment to encourage multiple conversations and projection capability. 

The Creative School Open Space - IMA First Floor

This project space is dedicated to students across The Creative School as a facility to build, fabricate and finish your projects, with access to a production expert for consultation and support in the planning and realization of your projects. The area includes a light construction and fabrication area with hand tools available, a spray booth, and clean work surfaces for finishing and viewing work, as well as limited space to store work-in-progress. Larger projects and cutting can be handled in the IMA Workshop with the assistance of the Workshop Technician.

Workshop - IMA 305

This facility is equipped with woodworking equipment and tools that can be used for the construction of set pieces, installations, and other individual projects. Power equipment and tools must be used as directed by the Image Arts Workshop Technician. All tools and equipment are solely the property of the Workshop, therefore they may not be removed from the facility.

Access: The Creative School students who have met with the Technician about their project and completed a mandatory Workshop Orientation to the tools and safety procedures.

Hours of Operation:

The Workshop is accessible on weekdays when Technician is on site and in conjunction with the The Creative School Open Space.

The following technical support staff operates this facility:

Joseph Lammirato, Workshop Technician, Open Space/IMA.

Image Factory - IMA 323

This exhibition/installation space is available for students to install and test new works. Contact Dave Kemp to book, email at

Student Audition/Rehearsal Space - IMA 329

This space may be signed out by students for audition and rehearsal purposes.  Contact the office staff to book and you will be required to complete a Room Usage Contract which outlines the guidelines for use.

Student Lounge Areas

Access: All Image Arts Students.

First Floor Student Study Lounge

This is a shared TMU student space with work tables and comfortable seating, so feel free to use the space and make it your own.

Student Meeting and Study Areas

Three study areas are located at the northeast and northwest corners on the 2nd floor of the IMA building, as well as the northeast corner on the 3rd floor. The spaces are equipped with wall mounted monitors and media players for students to use with a laptop for demos, post-production and works-in-progress. Contact the Technology Resource Centre to gain access to the monitors.

The Pit

The Pit is an IMA-dedicated study, social and exhibition space, located in the basement across from the Technology Resource Centre.