BC Binning Studios

Facilities at BC Binning Studios include a photo studio with lighting systems, two black and white darkrooms, a black and white film processing area, a digital production room, a digital lab, and a print lab.

Students use the facilities for work sessions and critiques during class time, as well. In addition, students are strongly encouraged to use the facilities during monitored periods or by reservation on evenings and weekends for individual and group projects. 

With access to darkrooms, studios, digital facilities, film and digital cameras, students have the opportunity to work in analogue and digital technologies. They are encouraged to combine both in their image production. In addition, students have the space to discover and experiment with the medium’s many possibilities, combining theoretical and historical perspectives to their practice.


Facilities and hours of operation apply only during fall and winter terms (September to April). The facilities are closed or not generally available after the course terms end or during the summer. Photo equipment is available only for students currently enrolled in AHVA courses and who have received training at the appropriate course level.

A/V Cage (BCB 106)

Regular hours:

  • Monday to Thursday: 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm, and 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Friday: 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm 

Darkroom and Photo Facilities (BCB 104/107)

Regular hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 7:30 am until 7:00 pm 

Extended hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 7:30 am until 10:00 pm

Extended hours access:

  • A key can be signed out using your UBC ID from the AV Cage during regular cage hours.
  • The cage is located in BCB 106

Who is eligible:

  • Students registered in photo courses

Photo Processing Area (BCB 108)

Regular hours:

  • Monday to Friday 7:30 am to  7:00 pm

Extended hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 7:30 am to 10:00 pm

Extended hours access:

  • Card access for building perimeter and photo processing area via a $100 deposit

Who is eligible:

  • Students registered in photo courses.

Printing Lab (BCB 208)

Regular hours:

  • Monday to Thursday: 10:00 am until 7:00 pm
  • Friday: 10:00 am until 4:30 pm 

Printing hours:

  • Monday to Thursday: 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm
  • Friday: 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm

Equipment and Tools

This is a general list of all the equipment available for sign-out at the A/V Cage (BCB 106). 


  • Variety of microphones and recording equipment
  • Audio mixing equipment
  • Various midi controllers and equipment


  • Media players
  • Assorted monitors and projectors


  • Assorted camcorders, webcams
  • Tripods


  • Various film and digital SLR cameras
  • Lenses and kits of assorted sizes
  • Assorted lights and meters

Note: film equipment is not available for sign-out but only available for use in the photo processing facilities. Additionally, specific equipment such as lighting and camera gear is only available to students after completing a certain course and training level.

Please read the policy, which outlines equipment access procedures and clarifies how the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory supports research and instructional activities.

Printing at the Binning Lab

Our printing services are only available to visual art students enrolled in photo/digital courses and other users within AHVA; to provide a cost-effective means for our students to print their assignments. Our print lab is located in room 208 of the BC Binning building. 

Lab hours

  • Monday to Friday: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm 

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