Lens-based Media and Audio Resources

Lens-based Media and Audio Resources is housed in purpose-built studios and darkrooms in the Dyson Building in Battersea, adjacent to the Sackler, Sculpture and Woo Buildings, as well as a new photographic resource in Kensington.

Facilities in Battersea include a 50-inch Chromira colour printer alongside our colour and black-and-white darkrooms and 12-colour inkjet printing facilities.  Our digital workshop offers a high-end dedicated retouching suite with state-of-the-art workstations installed with the full Adobe suite and calibration equipment, Imacon film and flatbed Epson scanners with workstations and calibrated displays and Wacom tablets. With viewing lamps, multimedia projection facilities, cutting, print finishing and viewing area within the workshop. There are four fully equipped bookable studios.

Our new photographic resource in Kensington offers dedicated support for shooting stills. This studio has two photographic setups, and comes equipped with Profoto flash and Canon 5DSRS camera and lenses. The accompanying edit suite has three Apple Mac Pro stations with SpectraView monitors, 2 A4 Epson flatbed scanners and Wacom drawing tablets. With support for students in photographing their work.

It is expected that students will possess their own basic camera outfit, and to complement this students can access the RCA Resource Stores to borrow various photographic cameras, accessories and AV equipment. 

Equipment available include a range of digital still and moving-image cameras, including Canon 5D Mk2s, Nikon D800 and Hasselblads with a wide range of various format cameras and lenses, from 35mm to 10 x 8, including Hasselblad, Linhof and Mamiya.

When appropriate, students working with installations and objects may approach technical staff for practical advice and the Sculpture programme for academic support.