Visual Resources Centre

Visual Resources Centre

Visual Resources Centre

6333 Memorial Road, Lasserre Room 206


Monday to Friday: 8:15 am to 5:00 pm

(604) 822-3802

With the recent addition of the Film Collection, the VRC has total holdings of over 450,000 35mm photographic slides, videos, films, DVDs and a growing database of 60,000 digital images, covering all areas of art history and visual art as represented by the curricula of the AHVA Department and the Film Program.

As a vital teaching and research facility for our faculty and students, the VRC continues to extend its resources and services to the university communities through collaborative projects in the areas of E-Learning and Distance Education.

In facilitating the teaching needs of faculty and learning needs of students, the AHVA-VRC Image Database was implemented specifically to digitize visual materials of art history courses.  The visual contents are regularly updated to reflect current teaching needs and research interests. 13,000 images from 21 art history courses with complementary indices are temporarily stored and accessible to students online during examination times for studying purposes.  This innovative application of electronic media was begun as a departmental initiative but has been enhanced further by two years of TLEF funding under the Faculty of Arts.  Three indices (Artists, Architects, and Manuscripts respectively) have been compiled and are updated regularly as an effective reference aid for searching and selecting relevant images.

The AHVA-VRC Image Database is affiliated with the Arts Coordinated Image Repository called Ferret.  A campus wide login (CWL) is required to access this versatile storage and retrieval system with effective searching mechanism.  This dynamic joint project with Arts ISIT currently focuses on the current total of 26,000 slides of visual imagery and cultural representations of the POST 1945 category.  In August 2006, the VRC was invited by the Institute of Asian Research (IAR) to oversee the launching of the Asian Urban Lab and to undertake the entire project of digitizing a collection of 30,000 slides from their teaching faculty.  So far, 10,546 images scanned in high-resolution TIFF files as well as in JPEG files have been uploaded to the IAR server.

Now that the VRC is fully set up with the necessary equipment and expertise, ongoing financial support is crucial to ensure the completion of each stage of these arduous projects.

Please contact VRC staff at (604) 822-3802 or in Lasserre 206 for information on how to access the resources offered and to book various AV equipment for classroom use.