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Technology Resource Centre

Equipment Overview

Students will learn and utilize a wide range of equipment and facilities during the course of their studies. With the exception of a few pieces of equipment that are only used in specific years (Orion Strobes, Bolexes), once you've been cleared to use equipment or a facility, you will continue to have access to it for the duration of your program.

The list below provides examples of equipment that you may have the opportunity to use during your studies, and what you will typically use in each year to complete your coursework.

View a list of equipment and facilities available through the Technology Resource Centre (external link) , as well as a copy of rental policies and procedures. Download the pdf and view with adobe acrobat for best navigational experience.

1st year Photo
4 x 5 cameras and light meters, full-frame Canon DSLRs, EF and Nikon lenses, Orion strobe kits, including triggers, and continuous studio lights, reflectors, laptops, Zoom H4N recorders, cardioid and omni microphones, darkrooms and Photo studio.

2nd year Photo
Aurora strobes (600 and 1200w), and Godox AD300, AD600, and MS300 strobes, including accessories like Pocketwizards, softboxes, stripboxes, optical snoots and octaboxes. Kino lights (Diva 200, 400, 4ft, 4bank, Barfly 200 & 400), Capture One tethering carts, Hasselblad cameras, (with both digital and film backs), Sony a7s II cameras and lenses.

3rd year Photo
Profoto B1 strobes, Gandolfi and Shen Hao 4 x 5 Field cameras, Nikon D800, D800E and D850 cameras, Canon 5DS and Mark IV cameras, Sony a7s III and a7R cameras, Kino Celebs 200 and 250, and Freestyle Kinos.

4th year Photo
Students will have received all obtainable clearances by the time they finish the third year of study. Other specialized clearances like the Deardorff 8 x 10 film cameras and Phase One XF camera system can be obtained through individual workshops or through electives, like Advanced Studio Lighting


1st year Film
16mm Bolex Cameras, rewind keys, tripods, light meters, shoulder braces, a variety of Tungsten lights, BiColour LED lights, reflectors, Zoom H4n and Tascam DR-40 Recorders, laptops, sliders, cardioid, omni microphones, NTG shotgun mics.

2nd year Film
Black Magic Pocket cameras, a wide range of Canon, Nikon and Sony lenses, Canon XC15, Canon C100, Sony a7s II cameras, Canon DSLRs (6D, MKIII), Rokinon lens Kit, lightweight and heavy-duty tripods, Kino lights (Diva 200, 400, 4ft, 4bank, Barfly 200 & 400), K6 Shotgun microphones, 722 and 744 sound recorders, Zoom H5 recorders, wired and wireless lavs,flag lits, C-stands

3rd year Film
Black Magic Ursa Pro (4.6K) cameras, Odyssey 7Q+ Monitors, 633 Sound Devices, Mix Pre 3 and Mix Pre 6 digital recorders, 416 shotgun microphones, supercardioid and hypercardioids, soundstage (pending individual approval of productions), Sony A7s III, Canon 5D MK IV, Zeiss Lens Kits, Cartoni tripods, Butterfly and Scrim Kits, Kessler Jib and Slider, Dana Dolly, Kino Celebs 200 and 250, and Freestyle Kinos, 1K LED Spots.

4th year Film
Canon Cinema Prime EF Lens Kit, Arri Amira Kits (available through the Creative School Equipment Distribution Centre)

The clearances received through the first two years of study (either in Film or Photo) will remain in place for the 3rd and 4th year of the Integrated Digital program. Additional equipment may include: Alienware Laptops, Oculus Quest headsets, Kandao Obsidian camera, Leap Motion Controller and Touch Designer, Raspberry Pie 4 Kit, Arduino Kits, RealSense Depth camera.

Documentary Media students receive a general clearance that includes most of the above equipment, but some more specialized items may require a separate workshop or faculty permission.

Clearances are usually student-specific, and depend on the nature of the individual student’s area of research.

How to Book Equipment

Equipment can be reserved using the online booking system (external link, opens in new window) 

All students must sign a Technical Operations Agreement  (PDF file) form at the beginning of each year, to gain or re-gain access to the Technology Resource Centre and facilities. By signing this form, you are agreeing that you have read and will adhere to the policies of the School of Image Arts. 

Login with your university credentials. Please note that the online booking system will not be visible until you’ve submitted your Technical Operations Agreement Form and WHMIS certificate.

The signed Operations Agreement and WHMIS certificate must be submitted to the Technology Resource Centre via the online  (google form) form (external link) .

Rental Policies

Please read the Technology Resource Centre policies (external link)  and late fines (external link)  carefully.

Contact and Hours

Technology Resource Centre Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

To contact the Technology Resource Centre, please call 416-979-5000 Ext 556845.

Equipment Distribution Technician

Booking Assistant
ext. 556845

Operation Support
ext. 556892

16mm Film Supplies for Sale

First year film students might need to purchase some supplies

Purchases are made at the Technology Resource Centre in IMA B018. Purchases must be made with your one card. Please ensure you have money on your one card. Money stored in your meal plans cannot be used. To add money to the OneCard, please go to the OneCard Office or use any of the machines around campus (they accept cash only). Money can also be loaded online (opens in new window)