Facility and Equipment Resources

Checkout Facilities

Equipment Checkout
In the Equipment Checkout facilities on the Chestnut campus, we have a wide array of production gear for just about anything you want to produce with photography, 16mm and Super-8 film, HD and analog video, audio, and lighting. Gear can be checked out for 2 nights during the week, and weekend rentals can start as early as Thursday afternoon. Most of our gear does not require training, for those that want to experiment with multiple disciplines.

For more information, please email the Equipment Checkout Supervisor at equipment@sfai.edu.

AV Checkout
Located next to the Lecture Hall on the 800 Chestnut Street campus, AV Checkout provides additional resources to present media content in classrooms and exhibition spaces, and to facilitate the production of student work on campus. Equipment such as standard and HD projectors, monitors, laptops, speakers, and a wide array of media decks are available for checkout to students, faculty, and staff for on-campus use. For more information about AV Checkout, please email the Media Support Manager at hkirby@sfai.edu.

Lecture Hall
The 250-seat Lecture Hall hosts large classes, screenings, symposia, the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series, and the Graduate Lecture Series, and is available to rent for events.

Professional-quality media systems support a wide variety of events, such as screening HD video, 16mm film, and all standard media; presentations with PowerPoint, Keynote, and 35mm slides; panel discussions; performances; and so on. Expert projection staff ensures that all content looks and sounds its best, and facilitates use of the space for events.

For student, faculty, or staff booking, please call the Lecture Hall Technical Director at 415.749.4566 or email lecturehall@artists.sfai.edu. Prospective clients should contact facilityrentals@sfai.edu.

Digital Technology

Digital Classrooms
The Digital Classrooms at SFAI have 24” iMac computers, inkjet printers, reflective/transparency flatbed scanners, and audiovisual equipment including full HD projectors. Digital Classrooms are available during scheduled classes with the exception the DMS2 classroom, which is adjacent to the Digital Media Studio and is available for general student use when not booked. For more information, please email edusupport@sfai.edu.

Digital Darkroom (DDR)
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. For more information, please call the Digital Imaging Manager at 415.351.3501 or email dis@sfai.edu.

Digital Imaging Studio (DIS)
The Digital Imaging Studio is SFAI’s large-format inkjet printing facility. Located on the Chestnut Street campus and open to students, faculty, staff, and alumni, 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 jet media, such as cloth, thin Plexiglas, and sheet metal. As a hands-on printing lab, the DIS gives students the opportunity to practice the various workflows involved in fine art inkjet printing as well as experience in operating large-format printers. For more information, please call the Digital Imaging Manager at 415.351.3501 or email dis@sfai.edu.

Digital Imaging Studio Price List:
Epson 4800/7800/9800 printers.

We stock Epson Premium Lustre and Enhanced Matte in 24- and 44-inch rolls, and 8.5 x 11 and 13 x 19 inch sheets. We also stock Epson Premier Art Canvas in 24- and 44-inch rolls. All prices are pre-tax.

Student Rates
$5.00 per square foot for paper and ink

Prices for common sizes
8.5 x 11 =  $3.25
13 x 19 = $8.60
24 x 18 = $15.00
24 x 30 = $25.00
44 x 30 = $45.00
44 x 60 = $91.00
$3.00 per square foot for ink only

Alumni Rates
$7.00 per square foot for paper and ink

Prices for common sizes
8.5 x 11 = $4.54
13 x 19 = $12.04
24 x 18 = $21.00
24 x 30 = $35.00
44 x 30 = $65.00
44 x 60 = $128.00
$4.00 per square foot for paper and ink

Faculty Rates
$6.00 per square foot for paper and ink

Prices for common sizes
8.5 x11 = $3.90
13 x 19 = $10.72
24 x 18 = $15.00
24 x 30 = $30.00
44 x 30 = $55.00
44 x 60 = $110.00
$4.00 per square foot for ink only

Other Digital Media
Color laser print = $.25
CD with envelope = $.25
DVD with envelope = $.35

Digital Media Studio (DMS):
The Digital Media Studio is SFAI’s staff-supported computer lab located on the Chestnut Street campus. The lab is open to all students, faculty, and staff. The Digital Media Studio supports a wide range of media and workflows including photography, video, design, animation, 3D, web design and development, print, word processing, computer programming, etc. The facilities include dedicated video editing stations with mini DV decks, VHS decks, DVD decks, analog-to-digital converters, dual LCD monitors, and CRT monitors. Peripherals include reflective/transparency flatbed scanners, Mbox 2 audio hardware, pen tablets, LaserJet printer, and headphones. For more information, please call the DMS Monitor at 415.771.7020 ext. 4497 or email edusupport@sfai.edu.

Fall / Spring Semester Hours:
Monday–Friday: 9am–10:30pm
Saturday: 11am–7pm
Sunday: 12–5pm

Graduate Digital Studio
The Graduate Digital Studio, located at the Graduate Center on 3rd Street, is equipped with reflective/transparency flatbed scanners and a large-format Epson inkjet printer.  The Graduate Center has additional computers, scanners, and a laser printer located in the lounge. For more information, please call the Graduate Center at 415.641.1241 x1005 or email graduatecenter@sfai.edu.

Edit Suite
For those that want extra horsepower and a private editing bay, the Edit Suite is a room equipped with a Mac Pro, two 4K color-corrected monitors, and plenty of storage for Ultra-HD video projects. However, we still encourage you to provide your own hard drives, as these will fill up quickly. The computer comes packed with the Adobe Creative Cloud, Final Cut Studio, Protools (for mixing) and all of the software on the Mac Lab (DMS) computers. For authorization, booking, or other information, please email film@sfai.edu.

Analog to Digital Capture Suite
The Capture Suite is equipped with a Mac Pro, which comes packed with the Adobe Creative Cloud, Final Cut Studio, and Protools. However, the room's primary function is to transfer video footage from multiple analog sources to QuickTime files for editing. QuickTime files can also be transferred back to the analog tape. The analog video decks included on the dub rack are Hi8, ¾” U-matic, DV, S-VHS, and Betacam SP. This suite is also equipped with 2 film-to-digital transfer stations, for transferring Super-8 and 16mm film to HD video files. For authorization, booking, or other information, please email film@sfai.edu.

Printmaking Film Output Studio
The Printmaking Film Output Studio is equipped with Epson reflective/transparency flatbed scanners and large-format Epson inkjet printers dedicated to film output. In this studio, students use the specific configuration of these printers to create high contrast, high density film used in the creation of images for screenprinting, lithography, and Polymer plates. This allows students to follow the design process from initial conception on the computer to final printed material produced by their own hand. For more information, please call the Printmaking Department Coordinator at 415.749.4561 or email printmaking@sfai.edu.

Audio Recording Suite
The Audio Recording Suite is designated for advanced audio editing and recording. With a separate control room and recording booth, students are able to perform ADR, mixing, dubbing, music multi-tracking, and foley in both the digital and analog realms, using a ProTools-equipped Mac Pro. This suite includes a 8 channel audio mixer, analog and digital audio decks, a Nagra reel-to-reel recorder, high fidelity headphones, analog synthesizer, midi keyboard, and professional monitors. For authorization, booking, or other information, please email film@sfai.edu.

The Tower, SFAI Radio Station
The Tower is SFAI’s radio station, and broadcasts to the world via streaming audio on the web. It is open to all students to produce radio programs. The station is equipped with audio mixers, microphones, turntables, CD deck, CD mixer, and tape player. To listen to the stream, visit thetower.sfai.edu. For more information, please call the New Genres Department Coordinator at 415.351.3541 or email newgenres@sfai.edu.