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CDA membership

Log into any of our computers, get storage space, access editing suites and more.


 Your CDA account includes 10GB of storage space on our server. This space may also be used for hosting a website.

At anytime during our opening hours you can walk into the open access lab and work on a computer. All the computers in this lab have two operating systems, Mac OS X and Windows but almost all applications are on Mac OS.  Most students work with an external USB 3 hard drive since files left on the computer are deleted each night.. Flatbed image scanners and film negative and slide scanners are available in the lab. When classes are not in session, you are also permitted to work in the adjacent labs.

The suites are reservable private spaces and have the following features:  

  • Open 24/7
  • Mac Studio M1 Ultra computers with two screens
  • Near-field sound speakers and an audio card
  • Access to the FAMC (Fine Arts Media Cluster)
  • Acoustic treatment
  • A video colour correction room with a 2K FSI monitor and a control surface
  • A sound recording  with microphones and a sound proof booth
  • A stereo and 5.1 surround sound mixing room

See the Audio video suites page for details.


Any computer at the CDA can connect to our sound effects library with thousands of pre-recorded effects and ambiances. There is a database to facilitate searches. Here are the instructions on how to connect.

These workshops are a good introduction to some of the fundamentals of working with video and sound software. Complement your courses with technical training. The workshops are currently offered on Moodle but may also be conducted in classes.

Visit the CDA workshop page for more.

CDA members benefit from technical support that often resolves immediate software issues and increases knowledge of digital tools. Whenever you are working at the CDA you may request technical help or you may book appointments with our support staff for technical consultation on projects.

See a list of CDA staff members. If you are unsure of whom to address, ask at the EV equipment depot.

CDA lab EV-5.615 can be booked for testing presentations and installations. It has a multi-channel surround audio playback system. See the lab description.

Activate or reset your CDA account

Returning student accounts get renewed every two weeks automatically. They are active as long as you are taking a Fine Arts class. Please note that, after creation, there may be a delay of one hour before your account is ready to use.

A CDA membership is not required to borrow equipment: Get precise locations and booking information on our Equipment depot page

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