Students have access to in-house studios and facilities that include sculpture, furniture, printmaking and digital production workshops, photographic darkrooms, a specialist art supply shop and an outstanding on campus library.
Housed in purpose-built facilities and situated on Hobart’s spectacular waterfront, students have easy access to general ‘capital city’ amenities, the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery,Salamanca Arts Centre and MONA (the Museum of Old and New Art.
The ‘on site’ Plimsoll and Entrepôt Galleries regularly present challenging contemporary exhibitions that engage the broader community and support our diverse teaching programs.
Named for the painter and teacher Jack Carington Smith (1908 - 1972), the library plays a central and supportive role for the Tasmanian College of the Arts. Through its extensive collections of books, serials, slides and electronic resources, the library provides artists with a specialized window on wider worlds. Online access is available through the library home page.
Consisting of flat & tiered seating for 150 guests, the Dechaineux Lecture Theatre is the primary location for Studio Theory and Art & Design Theory lectures as well as the weekly Graduate Forum and Friday Art Forum Program.
The Dechaineux Lecture Theatre contains facilities for the projection of both analogue and digital, still and moving images. It is equipped with video / DVD / Data front projector, Film Projector, interface to IBM and Macintosh computers, MAC Computer, audio system (lapel and fixed microphone), CD player/audiocassette deck, 35 mm slide projector, conventional OHP, document camera and whiteboard, with a Touch Panel controlled from the lectern.
For those looking for an inner city venue, the Dechaineux Theatre, located at the Tasmanian College of the Arts in Hunter Street on Hobart's Waterfront is the ideal venue, great for film nights, cultural presentations and informal public lectures.
Please go to the Venue Hire website regarding booking enquiries.
The drawing studio is situated on level two of the Tasmanian College of the Arts with views over Hobart's waterfront. It is an open-plan studio that accommodates a range of drawing classes from observational drawing, process drawing through to purely conceptual approaches. The Studio is equipped with drawing tables and stools, easels, an overhead projector, a large-format paper cutter and plan drawer cabinets for storage of work.
The Drawing Studio encourages students to think broadly about drawing, its role, media and forms within contemporary art practice and learning is centred on building independent and creative thinking and making.
Drawing is the ultimate transferable skill - useful to any endeavour that’s to do with manipulating things across a range of media and subjects. Teaching and learning accommodates students with various backgrounds and experiences, studying visual arts and other disciplines.
The Sculpture Studio,located on the ground floor of the Centre for the Arts, includes a wax room, plaster room, kiln area, clay room, courtyard garden area for large scale outdoor works and an open plan first year space containing storage space, work desks and benches. Second and third year sculpture students have dedicated studio spaces and every student is allocated a locker and basic storage facilities.
The Sculpture Studio is well equipped to handle large scale and/or heavy works with loading bays, cranes and various trolley systems. This studio co-joins the metal and wood workshops, and students have access to a wide range of tools and equipment through the sculpture technician who has an office on site.
The Studio houses a recycling area where sculpture students from all years are able to contribute and collect materials, and a kitchenette/lounge area, with catalogue library, where students can meet, read and relax.
The Painting Studio is on the top floor of the building with views across the Hobart Waterfront to the Tasman bridge and the Derwent River. It comprises a large flexible First Year space with ample wall space, tables and easels. There are discreet studio spaces for Second, Third and Honours students, also supplied with easels and work tables. There are storage racks for paintings and all students are allocated lockers and plan drawers. The open-plan of the studio encourages exchange between students working at the various levels.
The Printmaking Studio is a spacious open plan design which encourages students to adopt hybrid methods in new digital techniques and traditional print media such as etching, relief, lithography and screen printing. The studio enjoys good light and a beautiful aspect looking out over the wharf and river.
The large open plan of the Photography Studio includes a teaching/critique area, a film processing area, drying and mounting facilities for prints and films, large work tables, and individual student work spaces, with an auxiliary controlled lighting studio. Undergraduate students are catered for by 4 group black and white darkrooms with a capacity of about 20 enlarger spaces, and a 76 cm colour print processor serviced by 6 individual colour darkrooms. Postgraduate students have 24 hour access to the facility and a dedicated colour/black and white darkroom. Enlarging facilities cover film formats up to 13 x 18cm, and equipment available on loan to more advanced students includes lights, tripods, and small, medium, and large format cameras. The studio is well equipped with digital cameras and printing facilities.
The Visual Communication Studio has a large open plan teaching area; a seminar room with audio visual facilities; a design resource area; a separate working space for 3rd year students equipped with high-end computers and a colour A3 printer. Undergrad students have access to a digital camera, handy-cam and other related graphic design materials. Students are encouraged to use various methods and media in combination with the digital process and production. Students also have access to the main computing lab which consists of 28 macintosh computers running current graphic software packages.
The main E-Media Studio computing lab consists of 28 macintosh computers running Mac OS X with software from Adobe (Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, After Effects, Premiere) and from Macromedia (Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks) and 3D animation package Cinema 4D. All students in the Tasmanian College of the Arts have access to these facilities after completing a registration form. Training in the use of this software comes through undertaking electives courses in E-Media. Students also have access to storage space on a file server, colour and black and white printing and scanning.
The Furniture Design Studio provides an individual workbench with lockable cabinet for tools for each student in each of the three years of undergraduate study plus Honours. Postgraduate candidates have separate lockable individual studios. These workstations are used for prototype fabrication and hand-assembly of project work and for group critiques. Separate C.A.D. drafting facilities are provided for design development and documentation in a P.C. lab within the E-Media area; and all machining of prototype components is done in the central Wood and Metal Workshops. There is also a facility for machine-sewing of upholstery work, and a P.G. Centre for Furniture Design machine workshop.
The video studio is an audio visual production facility. It comprises three digital video edit suites, a studio with lighting grid, 2 studio cameras and microphones connected to a Protools surround sound audio post-production suite. The studio is primarily used for teaching within the E-Media course and the Bachelor of Time-Based Multi-media degree. Final Cut Pro is the main video editing software, running on Mac computers. The facility is maintained and student projects are assisted by a half-time technician/tutor.
The metal workshop contains a large range of equipment including MIG welders, TIG welders, plasma cutters, a profile cutting machine using plasma oxyacetylene or router trimmer for plastics, a sheet metal guillotine and folders etc.
The workshop is staffed by an experienced technician and is strictly supervised.
The Wood Workshop provides a wide range of industrial machines such as bandsaws, panel-saws, thicknessers, buzzers, radial arm-saw, drop-saw, drill-press, lathes, and sanders: all of which are dust-extracted into a central collection system. It also has vacuum presses, a spray-painting booth and a separate sanding room for portable power-tool use with its own designated room extraction system. It provides a range of portable power tools such as drills, routers, jigsaws, biscuit-cutters etc. and the workshop is available for use by all students in the School.
The Plimsoll Gallery is a first-class purpose built exhibition space situated in the Centre for the Arts. The Gallery is committed to the presentation of approximately 8 exhibitions per year focusing on contemporary Australian and international art from all disciplines. The annual program includes touring exhibitions, exhibitions researched and curated specifically for the gallery and a series of Tasmanian College of the Arts Honours, Masters and PhD examination submission exhibitions.
The secure and temperature controlled gallery space comprises approximately 320 square metres of floor space and 100 metres of external running wall space. The space can be expanded or contracted by utilising a supply of custom-built moveable walls.
Hours: 12 noon – 5.00 pm daily
Tel 03 62264309
Fax 03 6226 4308
Entrepot Art Gallery in the Centre for the Arts on Hunter Street is affiliated with the Tasmanian University Union Inc. Entrepot consists of a main and lounge gallery and showcases student work from a broad range of disciplines in both solo and group shows organized by the students. Applications for exhibitions are open twice yearly, and selection for this excellent professional experience is made by committee.
Open to the public: 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday during exhibitions (modified hours during semester breaks).
Entrepot is an on-site art supply store in the Centre for the Arts, affiliated with the Tasmanian University Union Inc. The store stocks photographic, printmaking, ceramic, painting, drawing and sculpture materials, as well as contemporary fine art magazines, visual journals, stationary, safety equipment and specialist tools. Quality art materials and books are offered at discounted prices for students. Photographic film development and movie tickets are available at discount rates to all customers. The Entrepot staff will happily share advice on the right materials for your needs.
Entrepot provides an extensive range of classic and contemporary publications in fine art, design and art history and specializes in graphic design texts, monographs on popular artists and gender/body literature.
Open: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday during semester (modified hours over university holidays).
Payment options: EFTPOS, credit card & student accounts.
Postgraduates at the Tasmanian College of the Arts have 24 hour access to two dedicated computing labs, located within the Learning Hub in the Carington Smith Library.
These labs contain 10 Macintosh computers, a scanner, printer and photocopier.
The cafeteria in the Centre for the Arts, Hunter Street is run by the Tasmanian University Union Inc. and provides a wide range of food and beverages.
The cafeteria provides cold drinks, tea, espresso coffee and toasted Pide breads. Each weekday hot lunch is served 12-2.00pm, and rolls, sandwiches fresh cakes, biscuits, slices and muffins, fruit and yoghurt are available all day.
The cafeteria is centrally situated on level one of the Centre for the Arts, with open plan eating area. It is also licensed and available for organised functions.
Open: 8.30am – 3.30pm Monday to Friday.
Contact: Bianca Curtis
Authorised by the Head of School, Tasmanian College of the Arts
28 April, 2015