Located in building 325, the Visual and Applied Art Department maintains a generous learning environment furnished with a broad range of modern facilities and equipment designed to support many aspects of visual study. The Visual Art building boasts spacious drawing and painting studios with 16 foot ceilings and natural light; complete sculpture facilities to accommodate both wood and metal applications; gas, electric and outdoor kilns, a complete ceramics studio; a variety of printing presses, etching baths and silkscreening equipment; large format digital scanner, 42” printer/plotter, 2 digital studios equipped with the latest in digital technology; multi-station color darkroom, studio lighting equipment complete with electronic strobes and tungsten lights; Interior Design sample library and drafting studio; a slide library comprised of more than 18,000 slides and videos. In addition to these exciting facilities, the adjacent proximity of the Nanaimo Art Gallery provides students with the opportunity to explore and experience a contemporary exhibition space. A new state-of-the-art library retains many art related periodicals and volumes and functions as one of Western Canada’s leading resources of information – traditional and digital.

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