Facilities and Resources

York University boasts some of the best resources and facilities in the country, including numerous libraries and research/resource centres, computing services and production facilities. As well, Toronto is home to a very large film and video industry with numerous support services. Here you’ll find equipment co–ops, studio space, film libraries and more…

Studio Facilities and Equipment

Students enrolled in Production courses have access to a wide range of specialized facilities and resources including:

  • The Price Family Cinema (500 seats) with HDCAM
  • The Nick Mirkopoulos Screening Room (80 seats) with film and HD projection facilities
  • Nat Taylor Cinema (120 seats) with various projection formats
  • Screening rooms/classrooms with film and HD projection facilities
  • 2,000 sq. ft. soundstage (with lighting grid)
  • Doorway Dolly
  • 1,100 sq. ft. studio / classroom (with lighting grid)
  • 900 sq. ft studio / classroom (with lighting grid)
  • 1,000 sq. ft. multi–track Foley recording and Pro Tools HD mixing studio
  • Multi–track sound recording studio
  • J–K Optical Printer
  • Final Cut Pro and Avid DV Express Pro video editing suites
  • Pro Tools audio editing suites
  • DVC Pro HD, and HDCAM on–line conform suites.
  • RED ONE Digital Cinema, HDV, DVCAM, DVCProHD, Super 8, 16mm and Super 16mm film camera equipment
  • RED Pro Prime Lenses and Zoom Lens
  • Panasonic HVX–and HPX cameras
  • Canon 7D digital still camera
  • Arri SR and Bolex Super 16 Cameras
  • Extensive location lighting and grip equipment
  • Digital Audio location recorders, wireless microphones.

The department’s facilities are located in Canada’s largest dedicated film & theatre teaching complex, the Centre for Film & Theatre at York University.


Scott Library
This is the largest of York's many libraries. It contains thousands of books, journals, periodicals, and other documents, including a very large collection pertaining to Film & Video and the other Fine Arts.

Sound and Moving Image Library
Audio and visual materials are housed together within the Scott Library complex. Award–winning film and video bibliographer Kathryn Elder and her staff are an invaluable source of information.

Other Libraries
Other libraries at York include Steacie Science, Archives and Special Collections, Law, Administrative Studies/Government Documents, and the Nellie Langford Rowell Centre (Women's Studies Library). Inter–university loans, extended loan privileges, and library computing services are just a few of the many library services available to assist students with their research.

The Film Reference Library (of the Toronto International Film Festival Group), the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library are also excellent sources for student research.

Research Centres

Students may benefit from the many research centres established at York University. Some of these include the Centre for Jewish Studies, the Centre for Research in Latin-America & the Caribbean, the Centre for Refugee Studies, the Centre for Feminist Studies, the Centre for Health Studies and the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies.

Graduate Students Association

The GSA is the representative student organization for the graduate population at York. The GSA has made low–cost extended health coverage available to all graduate students, as well as a number of grants and funds to which graduate students may apply. The GSA represents graduate students at Senate and numerous other Faculty of Graduate Studies committees. The GSA produces a handbook annually which will be available early in the fall term. The handbook contains a wealth of useful information regarding York and the surrounding area. Please visit the GSA Offices at Suite 325, Student Centre Complex.


Students must set up a York email account for all departmental emails. This can be done online or in person by visiting the Computing Commons at the William Small Centre.

NOTE: All official communications from the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the Graduate Program Offices, or any other University office will only be sent to official York University e-mail addresses. If a graduate student misses information because he/she has not yet opened up a York University e–mail account, the responsibility will rest with the student. Students will be expected to check their York account on a regular basis for official communications.

Computing Services

A computer with internet connection is available for student use in the Student Lounge (CFT 201). Note: this computer does not include a printer. However, there are numerous computer labs with printing and internet capabilities located throughout campus.

For more information on labs, software downloads, internet connections and more, please visit the Computing Services Website or stop by the Computing Commons at the William Small Centre.