Visual Communication students can find several titles and databases in the Visual Resources Centre which are relevant to your course, including:
DVDs: The Library has a collection of over 2000 DVD titles, including documentaries on all aspects of art and design, as well as feature films. The following titles are particularly relevant for the VISCOM curriculum:
Titles about graphic design and typography
Feature films with title sequences by famous designers such as Saul Bass:
ARTstor: A vast collection of over one million digital images of all periods of art and design. You can find the NCAD guide to using ARTstor here.
NCAD Digital Image Library: A database of over 7000 images digitised for NCAD lectures. the collection is strong on contemporary art and Irish artists. You can find a user guide for the NCAD Digital Image Database here.
DVDs: Our DVD collection has titles for everyone’s taste, including:
DVDs on specific artists, such as Salvador Dalí or Marcus Coates
Television series on all aspects of art
Documentaries on almost anything, from extraordinary animals to extraordinary humans
And, of course, movies, movies, and more movies….
To find titles from the DVD collection in the NCAD Library Catalogue, key in the word ‘videorecording’. This will give you a list of everything we have in DVD form.
The new academic term is about to start, and here at the Visual Resources Centre we want to welcome back all NCAD students and staff. It has been a busy summer, with many new developments in Visual Resources.
Videos/ DVDs: We have a great collection of DVDs, including both feature films and art documentaries. The online library catalogue now has records of ALL our DVDs, with information about their availability. Just type in a keyword of your choice (say, the name of an artist or filmmaker), and add the word “videorecording”. The results will show you relevant titles, and when you click on a title you will be given further information about it, including where it is and whether it can be borrowed. Also, keep an eye on this blog for lists of new titles added to the collection.
ARTstor Image Library:NCAD subscribes to ARTstor, a library of over one million images of art and design subjects, including painting, sculpture, architecture, print, visual communication, textiles, fashion, ceramics, glass, matalwork, and industrial design. With ARTstor you can:
Filter search results by Time Period, Classification, and Geography
Choose the number of thumbnails displayed
Mouse-over to view larger images
Use ARTstor Mobile for iPad, iPod touch, iPhone
Batch download to PowerPoint
For a quick introduction to ARTstor, visit us at the Visual Resources Centre in the Library and we will give you a 15-minute tour of the database on the spot.
NCAD Image Library: We also have our own image library, consisting of over 7,000 images of art and design subjects, with more specific focus on Irish artists. To gain access to the NCAD Image Library, contact the Visual Resources Librarian for a username and password.
If you are a student at NCAD, you can access over one million images through the ARTstor Digital Library. All you have to do is come to the Visual Resources Centre in the Library to register with ARTstor. Once you have done that, you will be able to access this digital library from any computer in or outside the college. You can browse or search for images, save image groups, and download them individually or as a group for your essays and college projects. To learn more about ARTstor, check our NCAD Image Libraries page. The images are much better quality than what you can find normally online.
In the past week, ARTstor has become available on the following mobile platforms: iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. ARTstor Mobile allows you to search, browse and zoom into your image results. Try it and let us know what you think by commenting on this post.
The NCAD Visual Resources Centre is holding a training session for postgraduate students in the use of Zotero, the free, open source citation software that allows students to keep track of their bibliographic records in an easy, one-click solution. In addition, there will be a brief introduction to our image databases, ARTstor, and the NCAD Image Library.
The session will take place on Thursday January 27th from 5.30 to 6.30 pm in the Sybyl Connolly room in the Clock building.
We are pleased to announce that the ARTstor Digital Library is now available to the staff and students of NCAD. ARTstor can be accessed from anywhere on campus using the college’s own wireless broadband. Once connected on campus simply register your email address and a password with ARTstor thereby enabling you to access this great digital image database off campus. The database comprises nearly a million images from a wide variety of collections with the most recent addition being 80,000 images from Magnum Photos. Demo videos on using ARTstor are available here.