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Visual Resource Center

The Visual Resource Center (VRC) provides reference help and facilitates access to art, art history, design and visual studies resources for teaching, learning, and research in the Department of Art & Design.

All of our students, faculty, and staff also benefit from the VRC's ever-growing collection of study resources, and from its new Innovative Materials Collection. The VRC houses not only thousands of art and design specialist books, magazines, and journals, plus many curated online resources specific to our curricula, but students can now study hundreds of carefully selected samples of art- and design-making materials.

The VRC also has powerful iMacs, laptops, and iPad Pros, with software and other resources for students, as well as other equipment that can be checked out. 

The VRC also provides critical support for all students as they learn visual literacy, material literacy, digital and information literacy, research methods, academic conventions, as well as software training and other workshops specially tailored for our students' needs.

We support students and faculty through:

  • A digital image and multimedia collection representing student work, images used for teaching, videos from the Visiting Artist program, and other content reflecting the Department’s research and curriculum.
  • Developing and updating research guides in support of visual art and design research.
  • Maintaining a library collection of books, magazines, journals, and exhibition catalogues specially tailored to the curriculum of the department.
  • The Center houses printers, a graphic arts scanner, iMacs desktop computers with Adobe Creative Cloud, projectors, iPads, and Occipital Structure 3D Sensor. 

Please explore our resources on our website at and do not hesitate to contact us for further help with your art, art history, and design research.