The Arts Centre complex is the base for Theatre Studies, Music, Motion Picture Arts, and Conservatory Programs. Creative Arts students spend countless hours studying, practicing and honing their skills in this superior facility and it quickly becomes a second home.
Piano Lab - Our facility offers the latest in computer music and digital audio which provides opportunities for composing and arranging with synthesizers, computer software and MIDI. The lab is equipped to allow for digital audio recording, soundfile editing, effects processing, mix-down and high-end production.
Practise Rooms - The practice rooms are acoustically isolated and have floor to ceiling windows on the south side creating an inviting practice areas. Fibre artwork by Alberta artists not only enriches and introduces colour to the rooms, but also adds to the acoustical quality.
Recording Studio - Specifically designed to control audio reflections the facility is capable of tracking, mixing, digital editing, and audio post-production. The recording studio is where your mind meet new challenges, new skills and new inspiration. Working with industry professionals, Performing Arts students are able to foster their musical and technical creativity to learn the particulars of a music recording studio, hands on!
Scene Shop - The two-story, 3200 square foot Scene Shop is located directly behind the Mainstage. The stage can be accessed from the scene shop through two massive sound absorbing sliding doors.
Housing the most current equipment and resources the Arts Centre Scene Shop has all the necessary tools to create every aspect of scenery construction from carpentry to metal work, painting and rigging.
Studios and Ensembles - Studio A is a prefect illustration of the Arts Centre\'s versatility. This 8.5 metre high space is used for rehearsals in drama, dance and music, as well as for alternative public performances. There is no permanent stage constructed, therefore sets and seating can be arranged in any configuration - from theatre in the round to traditional staging. Because the amount of floor space in this studio is the same as that on the Mainstage, Studio A is the ideal location for groups to rehearse productions before moving to the theatre. As well, the scene shop is accessible via the catwalk, which crosses over the hallway, linking the two areas.
Studio C and D are large rehearsal halls designed to accommodate choral, dance and instrumental groups. Studio B is almost identical in design, but larger and can hold a 65-piece orchestra. The atmosphere in all of these studios is enhanced with the introduction of natural light through the skylights and sprung oak, wooden floors. Overlooking Studio B is the recording studio which is large enough for recording equipment and operating technicians.
There are two large painting studios – (3,000 and 4,000sq’) that are equipped with multi level lighting (full spectrum fluorescents, incandescent pendant and hanging track lighting) as well as north facing transom windows for daylight.
Each studio has 9 deep stainless steel sinks, abundant rack storage and digital projection facilities. An efficient air exchange system keeps the space fresh while using oil paints and solvents. There is an exhaust hood system for spray painting in each studio.
Ceramics is composed of two large studio spaces (1800sq’ ea) that are used for Throwing and Hand-building, with adjacent spaces for firing and glazing. The two studio areas can be segregated from each other by means of a movable metal wall to make two discrete studios or opened up to make one large continuous space. The studio includes access to the outside working courtyard and wood-fired pizza oven via an overhead roll-up door. The studio has five large, deep stainless steel sinks with clay traps, floor drains and hose bibs for easy clean-up. To facilitate maximum flexibility of the throwing area the 18 electric potter’s wheels can be plugged into any of the electrical drops that hang from the ceiling every few feet. There are six 4’ x 8’ canvas covered tables in the throwing area and an additional seven 4’ x 8’ canvas covered tables in the hand-building area and 29 adjustable stools. There are two clay extruders and one large Bailey slab roller with 24” rollers. In each of the studios there is an auxiliary ventilation system that can be turned on when dust becomes a concern. Fifteen portable ware carts are available for work in progress and a Student Storage Room stocked with additional ware carts and racks for storing and drying of work. In the hand-building studio there is a display wall of sheet-rock over ¾ inch plywood 8’ high and 20’ long lit with track lighting to facilitate the display of wall pieces.
The support spaces include a Glaze Application Room with a waterfall spray booth, a Glaze Kitchen for formulating and mixing glazes and a Clay Mixing Room with a Soldner clay mixer and two slip mixers, each of these rooms has ventilation systems to remove toxic dusts and large stainless steel sinks with a clay traps, floor drains and a hose bibs. The Model and Mould Making Room is designated for plaster use and has a stainless steel sink, clay trap, floor drains and hose bib and compressed air. There is a dust removable system, a glass-topped table for casting, and a mould drying cabinet.
The Electric Kiln Room houses three 27w by 28’ deep ConeArt electric kilns, two computer-controlled and one manual and one large Oval computer-controlled ConeArt kiln that all fire to cone 10. One small manual (18w x 23d) ConeArt kiln that fires to cone 10 and two small test kilns, one which fires to cone 10 the other to maximum of cone 04. Each kiln has a ventilation system attached to the bottom which exhausts fumes into a central manifold.
The Gas Kiln Room houses 2 Bailey gas fired car kilns 24 cu. ft of usable space each and a covered outdoor area for a future gas fired soda kiln. A sandblaster is also housed in the room.