Room 31, Kresge Art Center

Staffed Hours: appointment only

Contact: Alex Nichols,, (517) 884-0706

The Visual Resources and Print Lab (VRPL) provides a variety of technology services, facilities, and equipment in support of teaching, learning, and research.  This is the place to go for printing, borrowing audiovisual equipment, technical support for classroom computers, and general help with art and design technology.  The lab includes several workstations with the Adobe Creative Cloud suite, scanners (reflective and transparency), printers, paper cutters, and working space for matting/mounting/trimming.

Printing Services

Printing is available in the VRPL to all department faculty and students during staffed hours.  We offer color laser printing up to 11×17 inches, and archival pigment-based inkjet printing up to 44 inches wide, on a variety of paper types, including matte, semimatte, luster, glossy, translucent vellum, canvas, clear plastic film, adhesive sticker paper, and plain copy paper.  We have three different types of bookbinding available: wire, saddle stitch/stapled, or perfect/glue binding.  We also have a 3D printer with a maximum build volume of 12x12x24 inches, and an assortment of filament types.  If you want to print with something we don’t normally stock, you can bring in your own paper or 3D filament (check for compatibility with our machines first).

Equipment Checkout

Current students and faculty in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design may check out AV equipment for up to 2 days at a time.  Students must be currently enrolled in at least one AAHD course (STA, GD, ATD, or HA) to borrow equipment.  Available items include DSLR cameras, lenses, flashes, light kits, tripods, projectors, multimedia players, headphones, speakers, audio recorders, microphones, and other assorted accessories and attachments.

Madison Digital Image Database

You can access MDID at

The Madison Digital Image Database (originally developed and distributed by James Madison University) is an open source web application which functions to manage, share, present, and organize digital image collections. The Michigan State University MDID installation contains a collection of more than 80,000 images and videos, based on faculty requests in support of instruction and research.  The collection covers a wide variety of art and design content, across a wide range of subjects, media, history, and geography.  Documentation of past student work, guest lectures, performances, and other media of local interest are also included.