The Studios for Integrated Media (SIM)

The SIM is available to Faculty of Fine Arts faculty, staff, and all students currently enrolled in at least one course or program in the Faculty of Fine Arts. Sign out digital still and video cameras, lighting and grip gear, audio recording equipment and much more.

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A safe return to the Sim Lab 

  • We are hiring Workstudy students!
  • UVic requires the use of masks at all times in public indoor settings and indoor common areas.
    Sanitizer, wipes, and masks are available for use in the SIM lab.
  • For more information please visit UVic’s Return to Campus site for details about the university’s preparations.


The SIM offers multiple digital facilities for Faculty of Fine Arts students & faculty, including two computer labs, music studios, and dedicated studios for writing, visual arts & theatre students.

During normal operation, we also offer an equipment room for cameras, lighting & grip gear, audio recording equipment & much more. However, the equipment room is closed for the foreseeable future. Details can be found on our Equipment page.

Computer Lab Hours

Fall & Spring Hours

Monday    9AM – 4:30PM
Tuesday   9AM – 4:30PM
Wednesday  9AM – 4:30PM
Thursday  9AM – 4:30PM
Friday  9AM – 4:30PM
Saturday  Closed
Sunday   Closed

Important Dates

The Studios for Integrated Media (SIM) is closed weekends and statutory holidays.

September 8 — Open for First Term
September 30 — Closed National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
October 11 — Closed for Thanksgiving
November 11 and 12 — Closed for Remembrance Day / Reading Break
December 10 — Closed until Spring Semester

January 10 — Open for Second Term
Feb 21 — Closed for Family Day
April 15-18 — Closed for Easter
April 29 — Closed for the Summer Session

Equipment Room Hours

COVID-19 UPDATE: From January 14 to January 28, the equipment cage will be open ONLY to students enrolled in fine arts courses in which the instructor has notified us that learning outcomes require students to access equipment from the cage. If your course work requires access to equipment, please ensure your instructor has notified us at

During this period, the protocol is:

  • Open Tuesdays and Fridays only
  • All equipment must be booked in advance. No exceptions.
  • Returns: 10am – 12pm
  • Pick-up for pre-booked equipment: 2pm – 4pm

After January 28, and assuming the university returns to in-person learning, the equipment room will be open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday, and Fridays from 10am-12pm (for returns) and 2pm-4pm (for pick up), throughout the semester, until Thursday, April 15, and will observe that same closures as the computer lab (listed above)

e-mail: or call: 250-721-7310.



Where are we located?

Our primary SIM Labs are located in the Fine Arts Building, which is located across the Ring Road from the MacLaurin Building, right next to Finnerty Gardens. Accessed from parking lot 6 or 10 on the west side of the UVic Campus.