THE ART DEPARTMENT IDEA LAB
- The Digital Lab is located in Room 55 of the basement floor of the Art Building.
- The newly renovated digital facility offers students digital media industry standard equipment, including:
- 20 iMac computers with Intel Core 2 Duo Processors
- 2 Epson Stylus Pro 9600 (40'') Color Printers
- 3 Epson Perfection 2200 (13'') Scanners
- 1 Hassleblad Drum Large Format Scanner
- 2 Nikon Super Cool Scan 5000 35mm Film Scanners
- 2 Epson Stylus Perfection 2450 Photo Flat Bed Scanners
- Wacom Tablets
Large Scale Format Printer:
Students who use the printer are responsible to reimburse the art department for ink and paper. Fees are posted in the lab. If you need to use the printer, you must sign up with the technician prior to actually using the printer to ensure it is not already in use.
The Digital Lab is also equipped with wireless internet access. The IDEA Lab hours will be posted quarterly.
For more information on the Digital Lab, please contact the lab technician:
Office: 55 Basement, Art
Grad Photo Equipment
The graduate Students have lights, a tripod, and a Nikon D 70 Camera Available for sing out, for graduate use only. The equipment is kept locked in the grad studios building. Please consult with the graduate advisor for sign out procedure.
ART DEPARTMENT Visual Resource Facility
The VRF is a multi use facility consisting of a computer lab and visual resource library.
Basic software available:
- Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Powerpoint Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, InDesign, Go Live, Image Ready Macromedia: Dreamweaver
- Some stations have additional software:
- 2 PCs have Adobe Pagemaker
- 3 G5s have Final Cut Pro
- 1 G5 has MX Flash
The VRF has an Airport for wireless capability. You can register your laptops wireless network interface card (NIC) Media Access Control (MAC) address with the VRF staff or computer support, which will allow it to work wireless in the lab and in ART 204. If you need help locating your computers MAC address, there are instructions in the VRF. You can also refer to these sites:
Please note: registering for wireless access at the MU or Shields Library will not grant you access in the VRF. Your computer needs to be registered with our network to have access in this area.
The VRF has circulating and non‐circulating equipment.
- Non‐circulating currently located in the lab:
- 5 PCs (Dell 8300)
- 3 Mac G5s
- 1 email station
- 2 Epson Flatbed scanners
- 1 TV Monitor with DVD/vhs player
Circulating Equipment: Circulating laptops have Microsoft Office but no imaging or html editing software.
- 3 data/digital projectors USB and firewire cables
- 1 G4 laptop Extension cord and surge protectors
- 1 Dell laptop Slide projectors and carousels
- TV Monitor with DVD/VHS player
- 1 DVD/VHS player
- 1 VHS player
Procedures for use:
We recommend that faculty and students reserve a specific computer if they require specific software and/or hardware. There are sign up sheets in the VRF. There are 2 hour time slots per user per session. Large rendering projects (video) cannot be supported in the VRF, please use the IDEA Lab for this work. The computers will be cleaned periodically. Remember to bring your own media storage, all computers have CD burners and the Dells have Zip drives as well. Any data left on the hard‐drive will be deleted.
Students borrowing cables, equipment, and reserved books/videos need to bring their student ID or Drivers License, which will be held and returned when the equipment is returned. Please make reservations in person rather than by email or by telephone. Please notify the VRF of cancellations. There will be a 30 minute grace period, after that your reservation will be cancelled. The grace period for returns is the same. As demand increases certain times of the year, the grace period lessens. The staff will not deliver or collect borrowed equipment.
Space: The VRF will provide space and equipment for workshops, group sessions and lectures. When the space is reserved for these events, the VRF will be closed to others. The VRF is not a classroom or viewing space. If other venues are available, Art 210 or the Art Annex please attempt to schedule these rooms first.
Faculty must schedule the room 1 week in advance to provide sufficient notice to others who frequent the VRF. Time allotted to these sessions has a 2 hour limit, and permission from VRF staff is necessary for reservations and for permission to extend beyond this limit.
Other VRF Resources:
Periodicals: All periodicals are in‐library use only and include: Artforum, Art in America, Ceramics Art& Perception, Printmaking Today, Art Week, Sculpture, Flash Art
Videos: The collection is available to search on line at:
Faculty and grad students can check out DVDs and videos for 2 weeks but the library reserves the right to recall them sooner if they are required for classroom use. Undergraduates can view the DVDs and videos in the lab unless they obtain permission from a faculty member for extended use.
Reference books are in‐library use only.
Equipment and Software in the VRF
5 PCs with the following software:
Photoshop, Illustrator, Go Live, Acrobat, Image Ready, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Microsoft Office
1 PC with an Email terminal, Acrobat, HB Flatbed Scanner
2 MACs with the following software:
Final Cut Pro, Microsoft office, Photoshop, Go Live, Acrobat, Image Ready, InDesign, Dreamweaver
1 MAC with Final Cut Pro, Microsoft office, Photoshop, Go Live, Acrobat, Image Ready, InDesign, Dreamweaver, EPSON FLATBED SCANNER