A LABORATORY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF IDEAS
The campus has state-of-the-art digital labs supporting sound, photography, film, video, design, web programming, and print. SFAI is a place of hidden histories, tucked into corners of the campus and literally carved into the walls. The past and present of making, living, and breathing art coexist here with 100,000 square feet of studios and classrooms.
The DIS provides access to large-format Epson inkjet printers capable of printing up to 44 inches wide. In the DIS, students can make fine art inkjet prints on standard and alternative ink et media, such as cloth, thin Plexiglas, and sheet metal. You can check the prices for printing below and ask for an estimated rate by email.
The Digital Darkroom is the primary still imagery scanning facility at SFAI. Located on the Chestnut Street campus next to the Digital Imaging Studio, the DDR provides students with access to variably sized flatbed reflective/transparency scanners, dedicated film scanners, and color-calibrated LCD monitors. This facility enables the creation of large archival scans from reflective media, oversized media, and film of multiple formats and stocks, providing users an easy transition between analog and digital workflows.
Equipment: Digital and film cameras, including Canon DSLRs; 4K video cameras; 35mm, medium format, and 4x5 cameras; lighting gear from strobe to kino lighting kits, are available to students for checkout.
Workshops: photo processing, printing in the darkroom, bookbinding, and lighting.
Sculpture and Ceramics facilities are organized into shops and labs of common material, process, or emphasis. Students are required to take a workshop before using any equipment in the Wood and Metal Shops.
The sculpture facilities include:
In addition to a Tool Room with a wide section of hand and power tools, in addition to an electronics lab, an installation gallery, and mixed classroom fabrication spaces.
Equipment: 16mm, Super 8, mini-DV, and HD cameras, DAT and SD audio recorders, HD editing hardware, including Creative Cloud and Final Cut Pro on Macintosh platform, digital editing suites, and 5.1 mix studio.
Analog and Wet Lab (Studio X):
Students have access to:
Additional facilities and equipment include a work area for building supports, painting racks in each painting studio for storage of works on progress, and a critique/slide viewing room.
Printmaking offers complete facilities for plate and stone lithography, all intaglio approaches, monoprint/type, screen printing, and relief. Other facilities include an in-department digital studio for film development for use in all photo approaches; a fully equipped exposure unit area for photo processes; three other digital labs and two digital classrooms across our campus; darkroom facilities available through the Photography department; an orbital plate maker and two Vandercook letter set presses; and a large, clean loft for paper preparation, critiques, and artists’ books classes.
Equipment: Comprehensive studio lighting kits, Digital and Analog Cameras, and Tripods.
The studio facilities include:
The DMS is a resource for static and time-based digital work, as well as interactive and electronics projects involving computers. Art and Technology students at SFAI learn the technical, historical, and theoretical skills needed to produce art using technological forms, including time-based and networked media, digital media, audio, and programming. The Media Transfer Suite enables students to digitize audio-video material from a wide variety of analog media or the reverse. The Audio Recording Suite is designated for advanced audio editing/recording.