RED DEER COLLEGE ARTS CENTRE – Using the top theatre consultants in North America has ensured that the Arts Centre remains one of the finest performing arts facilities in any college in Canada. A superior complex that includes a 576 seat main stage, four large rehearsal/performance spaces, two ensemble rooms, recording studio, state-of-the-art piano lab, drafting room, eleven fully equipped practice rooms and fully operational scene and costume shops. Creative Arts students spend countless hours studying, practicing and honing their skills in this superior facility and it quickly becomes a second home.
Main Stage - The Arts Centre Mainstage is a 576-seat proscenium theatre with a fly tower soaring seven stories high. This impressive tower can store even the most complicated scenery for any production, including an acoustical orchestra shell. An adjustable acoustic design permits technicians to alter the acoustics to suit individual performance and educational needs of the Mainstage. A fully computerized, lighting and sound equipment provide maximum flexibility to meet the needs of students, community users and professional performers.
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.
Studio A is a perfect 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, and is accessible to the scene shop via the catwalk. 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.
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. Overlooking Studio B is the recording studio which is large enough for recording equipment and operating technicians.
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, sound file editing, effects processing, mix-down and high-end production.
Practice 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.
FILM PRODUCTION FACILITIES
Dedicated Sound Stage – Students work regularly in our dedicated sound stage complete with green screen, professional 2K camera, Stedicam, LED film production lights, extensive grip equipment including dolly, track and camera jib, and a dedicated private Final Cut ProHD editing suite.
Post-Production Facilities - Students have access to full post-production facilities include a colour correction suit, a 5.1 audio mixing facilities, and a 3D editing system.
Movie Theatre (Located at the Welikoklad Event Centre) - Students have the opportunity to view their film projects, start to finish, in our own 110 seat cinema equipped with 2K Christie Projector and full 5.1 Dolby surround sound.
CENTRE FOR VISUAL ARTS
Painting Studios. We have two large painting studios (3,000 and 4,000 sq. ft.).
- Equipped with multi-level lighting (full spectrum fluorescents, incandescent pendant and hanging track lighting) as well as north facing transom windows for daylight.
- 9 deep stainless steel sinks, abundant rack storage and digital projection facilities.
- Air exchange systems keeps the space fresh while using oil paints and solvents, as well as an exhaust hood system for spray painting in each studio.
Ceramics Studios. We have two large ceramics studio spaces (1800 sq. ft. each) that are used for throwing and hand-building, with adjacent spaces for firing and glazing.
- The two studio areas can be segregated or combined by means of a collapsible wall.
- Access to an outside working courtyard via an overhead roll-up door.
- 18 electric potter’s wheels that can be plugged into electrical drops that hang from the ceiling.
- Six 4’ x 8’ canvas covered tables in the throwing area, seven 4’ x 8’ canvas covered tables in the hand-building area, and 29 adjustable stools.
- Two clay extruders and one large Bailey slab roller with 24” rollers.
- Fifteen portable ware carts available for work in progress, as well as a student storage room with additional ware carts and racks for storing and drying of work.
- 8’ by 20’ display wall with track lighting in the hand-building studio to display wall pieces.
- Support spaces:
- Glaze application room with a waterfall spray booth.
- Glaze kitchen for formulating and mixing glazes.
- Clay mixing room with a Soldner clay mixer and two slip mixers.
- Designated model and mould making room for plaster use with a dust removable system, glass-topped table for casting, and mould drying cabinet.
- Electric Kiln room which houses three 27’ by 28’ ConeArt electric kilns (two computer-controlled; 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.
- Gas Kiln room which houses 2 Bailey gas fired car kilns 24 cu. Ft. of usable space each, and a covered outdoor area with a gas fired soda kiln. A sandblaster is also housed in the room.
- All spaces have state of the art auxiliary ventilation systems, deep stainless steel sinks with clay traps, floor drains, and hose bibs for easy clean-up.
Professional Galleries. Our visual art students, faculty and alumni’s work is displayed year-round in our three galleries with special exhibits occurring throughout the year.
- Welikoklad Event Centre Gallery. Located at 4922 49 Street, Downtown Red Deer.
- Knock Knock Gallery. Located on the second floor of the Four Centres Building, on main campus.
- Student Learning Gallery. Located on the main level of the Four Centres Building, on main campus.
RDC WELIKOKLAD EVENTS CENTRE (4922 49 Street, Downtown Red Deer). RDC’s Welikoklad Event Centre houses a number of classes and activities for learners from the School of Creative Arts, which each year provides students with a platform to develop their expertise and offer outstanding arts and entertainment to the central Alberta community. Both an RDC learning facility and a community event space, the Welikoklad Event Centre includes an:
- Art gallery
- Cinema that seats 110 equipped with 2K Christie Projector and full 5.1 Dolby surround sound
- Live event theatre that seats 287