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VAPA facilities include visual and performing arts studios, computer labs, galleries, a visual resource center, and two black-box theatres.

The Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater
The Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater is a state-of-the-art, flexible black-box theater that seats up to 199. Six to eight professional productions take place in this space each season as well as two to three student productions. Most productions are free for UCCS students.

THEATREWORKS is a professional, regional theater dedicated to creating challenging and innovative productions of classic and contemporary theatre for the enjoyment, education and stimulation of our community, including the Pikes Peak Region, the University of Colorado, and, on occasion the larger world.

Galleries of Contemporary Art

GOCA caters to the Colorado Springs and university communities. GOCA 1420 is situated in the heart of the campus and offers four to five exhibitions annually by outstanding regional artists as well as artists of significant national and international reputation. This award winning gallery also hosts faculty and student exhibitions annually.

The Osborne Studio
The Osborne Studio is a flexible black-box theater with seating for 50, basic lighting instruments, 50-scene preset light board, and sound equipment. Students (or faculty) produce between three and four full productions and a One-Act Play Festival in this space each academic year. These productions are always free for UCCS students.

The Visual Art Studios
The visual art studios are well equipped and include a foundation, drawing, painting, sculpture, fiber, photography, and a multimedia computer lab.

VAPA Multimedia Lab
Twenty-two Macintosh G5s and thirty Dell PCs make up the state of the art VAPA Multimedia Lab housed in Columbine. The lab is equipped with the latest graphic and multimedia software including Adobe CS, Macromedia Studio, Final Cut Studio, DVD Studio Pro, and Soundtrack. Scanning capabilities include print, slides, and negatives. In addition students have access to audio and video recording equipment.

The Visual Resource Center (VRC)
The VRC is a resource center for VAPA students which houses two large-format color printers, a document & film graphics scanner, and two iMac computers with the CS6 Suite. A student resource area is also available to explore exhibition, performance, and grant opportunities, as well as graduate schools.

Open Computer Labs
The open computer labs in the Library and in Columbine support both MAC & PC platforms and a full range of graphic and media software. They are open seven days a week from morning through night. Please check with the Library or the IT Help Desk for specific hours.

The state of the art Multimedia Lab in the Library has 12 Dell PCs and four Macintosh G5 computers for students to create video, web, and graphic projects. Including Adobe CS, Macromedia Studio, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, iDVD, My DVD. The lab is available to students of all levels beginners through advance. Both PC and Macs have scanners available. All 16 stations in the Multimedia are equipped with a combination Mini-DVD / VHS deck for video capture, and a smart-card reader to load images from digital cameras.