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Digital Collections

Information for Students

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Students have access to many of the digital art image collections available on campus.


The University Libraries subscribe to ARTstor, a collection of over one million images that may be used for teaching. The University of Texas VRC has created a short (just over a minute) "Getting Started with ARTstor" video, and Adeane Bregman, the B.C. Libraries' Fine Arts Bibliographer, has prepared a helpful webpage about using ARTstor. In addition, ARTstor provides several instructional videos on various aspects of using this resource.

Bridgeman Education

The University Libraries also subscribe to Bridgeman Education, a collection of nearly 400,000 images.


BCdia is an online collection of art images that the Fine Arts VRC developed in cooperation with the University Libraries. BCdia comprises images licensed from Scholars Resource (see above) as well as digital art images photographed by Fine Arts faculty. BCdia is no longer in development — the Library will be phasing out support for this collection in the near future — but for now you can still access the more than 2500 images, which include images from a set that covers major monuments and objects in the history of western art, a second set focusing more specifically on art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance, images of art and architecture in Rome, and works from the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Other sources for projection-quality art images

These are sites and collections that permit downloading of large art images (generally large enough for classroom projection) for free academic use. Image quality will vary, as will the guidelines for permitted uses. If sites do not provide a "download" button, right-click (or, on a Mac, control-click) on the largest-available version of the image and select "save image as" from the pop-up menu.

The sizes of the images that you can download from these sites will vary as well. Images may be too small to project well if you try to enlarge them to fill an entire Powerpoint slide. Conversely, images may be very large and bog down your Powerpoint presentation, making it very slow to open and run, so you may want to reduce their dimensions. The recommended standard for Powerpoint is about 1024 to 1280 pixels on the longest side.

You will find additional collections of images developed by Fine Arts Department faculty on the Department's Links and Resources page. Adeane Bregman, the University Library's Art subject specialist, maintains a helpful LibGuide to finding images. For more information regarding finding images on the Web, see the external websites Finding Subject-Specific Digital Media Resources on the Web, A Guide to Image Collections and Online Art, and A Guide to Art History Resources on the Web.

Students enrolled in many Fine Arts courses also have access to digital images of slides shown in class through the course's Blackboard Vista site.