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The Digital Imaging Center is a treasury of technological resources assembled in one location, serving full-time, matriculated undergraduate students majoring in advertising and graphic design, as well as students registered in classes held in the DIC. 

Part of the creative process is the final output and presentation of the work. The industry-standard printers and copiers of the Print Lab provide the electronic and manual tools to bring projects to life. The print lab is located on the ground floor of 209.

Hours of Operation

During the school year, the Digital Imaging Center is open 24 hours a day, excluding SVA holidays. On SVA holidays, security will not allow access to the building at all. For a full list of closed dates, please see the holiday closures tab below. The DIC computer labs are open for student access during the winter break excluding holidays and for two weeks prior to the summer session as well as the two weeks at the end of the summer. Please note that there is no staff technical support during the winter break. Summer session hours vary. Students must pay a summer lab fee in order to use the lab during the summer.

The 24/7 schedule is for the computer labs only and is in effect during the Fall and Spring semester, Monday through Sunday. The 6th Floor DIC Print Lab has its own operating hours. Please see the DIC Print Lab tab below to find out more.

Please visit the DIC website, Facebook page, or Twitter updates for the latest schedule information. The DIC can be reached directly at, or you can call the front office at 212.592.2150 during the STAFF hours below.

DIC Computer labs Fall and Spring ACCESS Hours
Monday – Sunday     

24 Hours                       

DIC Computer labs Fall and Spring STAFF Hours
Monday – Friday  Saturday  Sunday
9:00am – 11:00pm 10am-9:30pm 12pm-9:30pm

Technical Support is only available during STAFF Hours.

The DIC is CLOSED with NO ACCESS on SVA Holidays. Please see the Holiday Closures tab below.

DIC Print Lab

Located on the ground floor of 209 and available to all students. The Print Lab has work tables, copiers, enlargers, scanners, as well as high quality large and small format printers. The Print Lab also offers softcover book-binding options (see the Bookbinding tab below). Please feel free to come in and ask our staff for an overview of our capabilities.


To get to the Print Lab, take a right when you enter the 209 building. Make another right, and walk straight to the Print Lab. You can’t miss it!

Print Jobs

When submitting a print job to the Print Lab, please use the online DIC Print Invoice form located here.


If you have any questions about the print lab, please stop by the Print Lab office at the ground floor of 209 and speak to our staff, give us a call at 212.592.2152, or email us at

DIC Print Lab Fall and Spring Hours

Monday – Friday                 Saturday                 Sunday
9:00am – 11:00pm               10am-9:30pm               12pm-9:30pm

The DIC Print Lab has softcover, hardcover and tape bookbinding options. Students must signup for and take a free workshop before they can use the machinery on their own. Perfect binding workshops are Monday 5pmTuesday 10am, and Thursday 10am. Wire and tape binding workshops are on Tuesdays at 5pm. If you cannot make one of these sessions or would like to learn a different piece of machinery, gather up a few interested folks and schedule an appointment with the studio staff.

Demo Sessions

Teachers can schedule to bring their class in for a demo anytime. Advance notice is required to allow us time to prepare handouts.

Print Invoice Form

Please use this form when submitting a print job to the DIC Print Lab.

DIC Print Invoice

ID Cards

All currently enrolled SVA students must have a valid SVA Student ID Card to enter any of SVA’s buildings. Students may obtain ID cards at the Registrar's office, located at 209 East 23rd Street. Students should get their IDs as soon as possible. 

Please keep your SVA ID card with you at all times!

Lab Rules

Following these rules ensures a healthy, safe and productive environment for all of SVA’s students, faculty and staff.  

  • No exacto-blades, paint, pastels, pencils, charcoal or other physical media is allowed in the DIC computer labs. Such work is to be done in DIC Print lab.
  • The installing of software is not allowed on any of the DIC computers. This causes computer malfunctions and virus outbreaks. Students may request a Systems Administrator to install particular software on a specific machine. Please note this request may also be denied.
  • Smoking is not permitted. In accordance with New York State law, smoking is not permitted anywhere in the building. This includes the stairwells and bathrooms. Students must go outside to smoke.
  • Do not connect, disconnect, or remove any piece of DIC equipment from a computer system.
  • Consult a lab assistant or Systems Administrator if it is necessary to change a system configuration.  
  • DIC classroom doors must be kept closed at all times for security reasons. Do not prop open the doors.
  • Do not print out manuals or long tutorials.
  • Try to conserve paper and save a few trees!
  • Please be courteous when using your cell phones in the lab during free time. Please note you can be asked to finish your conversation outside of a lab room.

Students who fail to abide by the DIC lab rules will incur a fine. No exceptions.

Lost and Found

Items found in the lab will be placed in the Lost and Found, located at the 5th Floor DIC front office.



Keep the DIC doors closed! The DIC is a security-conscious lab. Access is for students with proper IDs only. For your own protection, as well as the protection of the computers and equipment, Do NOT prop open the doors to the lab or the classrooms.

Students involved in keeping the doors open will incur a fine.


Students wishing to bring a visitor to the DIC Visitors to the DIC must first fill out and submit a DIC Visitor Request Form. The form must then be approved by Security. Please see the Visitor Access tab below for more information.


The Digital Imaging Center is wired with HD security cameras. 

Respect for the property of others is expected at all times. Report any missing items or other security issues to a member of the administrative staff or the security guard on duty. Unfortunately, sometimes thefts do occur, so please be mindful of all your belongings (keep purses, hard drives, and other valuables with you). We are not responsible for unattended or missing items. 

Save your data!

You are responsible for your data. Save your data frequently as you work.

Back up early and back up often. It is advisable to purchase some sort of additional external storage devices to back up your work early and often.

Your user folder (meaning your Login and desktop) will be deleted when you log out-- including any files you have been working on that is saved to the computer. The best way to save your work is on an external flash or hard drive. If you do not have your drive with you, connect and save your files to the DICStorage (AFP) server before you log out.

Your files can be stored there for up to 30 days before they are deleted. 

The department is not responsible for any work or data that may be lost either from our regular maintenance or because of system failures, etc. Be sure to save multiple backup copies in more than one place.

Visitor Access

Students wishing to bring outside visitors to the lab must fill out a Visitor Access Request Form at least 24 hours in advance for approval.

Visitors will not be allowed access without prior approval from the SVA Security Office.

Additionally, all guests must sign in at the guards’ desk and provide a valid form of identification. The student accompanying the guest must present a current SVA ID. 

Holiday Closures

Valid students have access to the DIC computer labs 24/7, except for official SVA holidays. On SVA holidays, security will not allow access to the building at all. Please see the full list of closed dates below.

DIC Closed Holidays

FALL 2016

September 5th        Labor Day
November 24th       Thanksgiving Day
December 25th       Christmas Day


January 1st             New Years Day
January 16th          Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
March 10th             Staff Holiday
May 29th                Memorial Day


Stephen Alvarado
Head Manager
Digital Imaging Center, All labs

Joe Jones
Print Studio Manager
Digital Imaging Center, 1st floor

Angel Ibanez
Assistant Studio Manager
Digital Imaging Center, 1st floor

Andrew Vado
Systems Administrator
Digital Imaging Center, 5th floor

Caitlin Beards
Digital Imaging Center, 5th floor

Kalik Hamilton
Weekend Production Coordinator
Digital Imaging Center, 1st floor

Anthony Choy-Sutton
Equipment Coordinator
Digital Imaging Center, 5th floor

Christopher Corvo
Help Desk Support
Digital Imaging Center, 5th floor

Oret Pena
Production Assistant
Digital Imaging Center, Print Studio

Yader Fonseca
Weekend Production Assistant
Digital Imaging Center, Print Studio

School of Visual Arts | 209 East 23 Street, NY, NY 10010-3994 | Tel: 212.592.2000 | Fax: 212.725.3587