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Computer Centers (SoACC)

Operations and teaching are online. Current and prospective students: please visit our COVID-19 Updates pages. Faculty and staff are available via email.
Computer printing room

COVID-19 Update

All SoACC technology spaces are closed for autumn quarter per University guidelines. This will be updated as conditions change.


There are limited print services available. Students may use online Google forms to request large format printing and smaller format inkjet printing.

All printing will be conducted using no-contact methods where files will be uploaded in PDF format and printed as soon as possible after upload (note that rapid turnaround is not an option). Output will be available for pickup at the Art Building loading dock area on Mondays / Tuesdays / Thursdays between 9:30am and 1:30pm. Users will receive notification when their output is ready for pickup.

Students will have their Husky account charged by Creative Communications for all small format printing. Student large-format printing will be prepaid online by credit card.

Equipment Loans

There are limited student equipment loans, primarily for iPad Pros. Email to request equipment. Following confirmation of your request, reserve a pickup appointment day / time. Equipment is available for pickup at the Art Building loading dock area on Mondays / Tuesdays / Thursdays between 10am and 1pm, and loan periods are two weeks. All returns are on scheduled days / times and are arranged with the borrower.

Primary equipment loans should be through the UW Student Technology Fee loan program.

The School's Computer Centers, also known as SoACC, provide a productive working environment for students.

Lab (Room 025B)

The lab has computers equipped with the latest creativity / productivity software along with peripherals like scanners. The School encourages students to take advantage of lab resources for educational and collaborative purposes. Available equipment.

Saving Files

All personal work must be saved on a UW UDrive, Google Drive, other cloud-based storage, USB mini-drive, external hard drive, etc. If you need assistance with systems or software in the lab please see one of the lab monitors.

Printing (Room 025C)

To print at a small scale (black and white laser, color laser, and medium-sized inkjet), payment is processed via the Creative Communications system (Copy Centers). Use your Husky Card to print on these printers. Options and pricing.

To print to the SoACC plotters, there are several payment methods available:

  1. Submit cash or check to School fiscal staff between 9am and 4pm, Monday–Friday. They are accessed via room 102 in the Art Building. You may also use your Husky Card for this.
  2. Use the online Converge payment system.
  3. Use your credit card (VISA or MasterCard) through the Mobile payment system in the main office, room 102. Speak with SoACC managerial staff about this.

Be sure to check plot pricing in advance on the lab board or online: options and pricing.

Equipment Checkout (Room 023)

CD/DVD burners, digital cameras, tablets, audio recorders, tripods, and other peripherals are available for checkout at the front desk with valid student ID. Equipment checked out from the SoACC is generally on a 3-day basis — this includes digital cameras and video cameras as well as all other available items. Some equipment, such as compact flash card readers, are for use within the lab space only. Available equipment.

Suspension of checkout privileges for the remainder of the current quarter will occur if equipment is returned late three times.

Equipment Responsibility

Students are responsible for repair or replacement costs related to damage, theft, or loss of all equipment checked out from the SoACC. This includes digital cameras and digital video cameras. Please be careful with these devices so that they continue to be available for use.

Computer Lab Policies

  • School students have priority access to the equipment.
  • This equipment is intended to enable users’ access to software and hardware technologies in pursuit of their research and academic work. Gaming and other non-academic uses of the equipment should be avoided.
  • Use of computing resources is a privilege that depends on individuals using the resources appropriately and in accordance with University policies as well as local, state, and federal laws.
  • If demand for equipment is heavy, School staff may set time limits or otherwise regulate computer / printer use.
  • Lab users should demonstrate respect for each other. Keep in mind that some on-screen images, sounds, and/or messages may create an atmosphere of intimidation or harassment for others.
  • Laptops and other personal computing devices may be used in labs via the wireless network. Never unplug cables from lab computers for use with personal devices.
Space Type: 
Technology + Equipment