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Manchester School of Architecture's main teaching spaces and studios are located in the Chatham Tower and Benzie Building on Manchester Metropolitan University's campus.

IT Resources

As a student at the MSA you will have access to the extensive and state of art computing facilities at both Universities. As well as the large PC computer clusters found across both campuses, the studio spaces are equipped with PC workstations with industry standard computer-aided design, visualisation, image editing, print and web design software. The studios also have standard and large-format printing facilities and WiFi.

You will also have access to specialist Apple Mac based video editing, scanning and digital design resources at the Manchester School of Art and high-quality printing services.

Online resources are also used extensively at the MSA to support learning and teaching, including the Moodle virtual learning environment.

Materials and Equipment

paper shop

MSA students can purchase art materials and consumables at cost prices from the Manchester School of Art's Material Stores.

Also at the Manchester School of Art you can borrow video and photography equipment from the AV Store and have access to Photography studios, film processing and video editing facilities.


student in workshop

There are workshops for model making and construction projects in both the Chatham and Humanities Bridgeford Street Buildings. Inductions and training in the use of these workshops will be provided.

The Manchester School of Art at MMU houses an impressive range of fully equipped workshops for wood, plastics, foam, metal, ceramics, glass, computer-aided manufacture, textiles, printmaking and bookbinding.

Libraries and Collections

mmu special collections

The John Rylands University Library at the University of Manchester is one of the largest university libraries in the country and the Manchester Metropolitan University Library has a nationally recognised art and design collection.

Special collections at MMU include the Manchester Society of Architects’ Library, which holds important and rare books on the history of Architecture.

The MMU Visual Resources Centre has a collection of over 300,000 slides covering a broad spectrum of subjects, including architecture, all art and design areas, film, popular media and social history. There is also a video collection.