Printmedia Research Centre

The UBC Printmedia Research Centre (PRC) provides a dynamic learning and research environment for the production of visual art in all major print media. This well-equipped facility allows for an integrated approach to print media that fosters a union of digital-image generation with traditional and contemporary intaglio, relief, screen and lithographic printmaking processes, as well as letterpress and bookbinding procedures. Students are encouraged to explore aesthetic, theoretical and cultural issues through innovative visual means aimed at advancing the study and critique of contemporary culture. Cognizant of the current worldwide renaissance in print media, programs provide a broad contemporary, historical, and theoretical perspective on the expressive potential of print. Students enrolled in printmaking courses can obtain restricted after hours access to the facility, and also have access to lockers and large flatfiles for storage of their supplies and work.

The PRC Supply Store is located down the hall form the PRC, and offers a selection of print making materials, fine arts paper, and various personal protective equipment for sale.

The PRC also has a Digital Lab with several large format printers, offering printing services to students. (A price calculator for this lab will be available here soon.)

Equipment & Tools

The following is an abridged list of the tools and practices available for students in the PRC located in the Audain Art Centre.

Traditional media Digital Media To Borrow
  • Book press, binder, trimmer
  • Etching press
  • Litho press
  • Screen printing facilities
  • Spray booth
  • Mac digital lab
  • Digital printers
  • Scanners
  • Mezzotint rockers
  • Assorted hand tools


Who is eligible: Students registered in print courses or with the permission of the area technician.

Normal operating hours: 10:00am until 6:00pm, Monday through Friday. Note: key access works 8:00am to 7:00pm, however work together policy must be followed outside of the former hours when the technician is there.

Extended hours: 7:00pm until 10:00pm, Monday through Friday, and 8:00am until 10:00pm, Saturday and Sunday.

Extended hours access: Complete the orientation and receive proof of competence (signed form from the technician), take the form to the AHVA main office (Laserre rm. 400) where you will be added to the list (may not take effect for several days).