2023 Key Dates : Submissions and Shows

Earlier Building 11 Opening hours from March 27th – May 19th : 6.00AM to 12 Midnight
Monday 8th May (before final year Architecture / Landscape final submissions) will be overnight opening
There will be NO ACCESS TO STUDIOS on day of opening – all setup must be completed by midnight of the 14th June

4th April | BA Architecture Year ONE Submission
4th April | MArch DR Submission

5th April | BA Graphics Year TWO Submission

6th April | BA Graphics and Animation Year ONE Submission

25th April | BA Architecture Year TWO Submission

1st May | Bank Holiday

4th May | Contractors make good studios 1-6 for 2nd Year Graphics Show

8th May | Bank Holiday

9th May | BA Architecture Year THREE Submission
9th May | BA / MA / MLA Landscape Submission

9th-12th  May | 2nd Year Graphics Show

10th May | MA Architecture Submission

22nd May – 2nd June | Contractors Fit out for Graduate Show

29th May | Bank Holiday

30 May – 2 June | BA Design, Animation, Media students install

5 – 9 June | BA Graphics, Animation, Media marking

5 – 14 June | Architecture and Landscape install

12/13 June | BA Design Animation Media re-hang (as required)

15th June | 6.00PM Graduate Show Opening
2nd July | Graduate Show Close

3rd July (2 Weeks of) | Students take down / collect exhibition work

17th July (1 Week) | Tech Team takes down and stores any remaining work

24th July (1 Week) | Contractors take down / make good studio walls

31 July | Summer School

11 September (Term Start) | Deadline for collection of models. Any models still remaing in studio on this date will be disposed / recycled

2nd October | Deadline for collection of portfolios. Any portfolios still remaining in studio on this date will be disposed / recycled

Remote Desktop Connectivity

It is possible to access the University remote service and use specialist software via the Azure Virtual Desktop. Software available via this system includes

  • AutoCAD
  • 3D Studio + V-Ray
  • Revit
  • Recap
  • Rhino + V-Ray
  • Adobe CC
  • ArcGIS
  • DaVinci Resolve

While this system will not be as fast as one of the workstation machines here in our studios it is adequate for regular work – and very useful for accessing licenses otherwise not available on home machines.

Use your OneDrive storage space to have access to all your files between remote and real devices.

Instructions on how to connect from your home devices are here

Remote Desktop for students | IT and Library Services | University of Greenwich

Academic Year 2022-2023

Stockwell Street Design Studios :
Opening Times until Monday 19th September 2022: 8.30AM – 9.00 PM
Opening Times from Monday 19th September 2022: 8.30AM – 12.00 Midnight

Tables / walls will be reset to these layouts each weekday morning

Walls in 1020 may only be moved by tech personnel

Studio Code of Conduct

Please avoid disturbing tutorials / classes by walking through them or being unduly loud near them.

Portfolios and models should be left tidily in the racks / shelves provided – with your name attached.  Items left lying around may be moved to shelves, long term unclaimed items will be disposed of.

Exercise caution when moving walls/dividers; check for obstructions, open floor boxes, etc. in the path of moving dividers.

Do not stand on tables or chairs to reach higher places – use the kicker stools or step ladders provided.  

Studio furniture must not be taken away from the floor.

No spray mounting / spray painting / soldering anywhere in the studio – this can be done in the outside or in workshop

No small electrical items such as KETTLES, TOASTERS, MICROWAVE OVENS, HEATERS – these will be confiscated.

Hot food should NOT to be consumed at the computers or within the computing areas. Smelly food is also NOT acceptable in the studio when it affects those around you.

Please report building issues such as leaks, power problems and other hazards to a member of staff or FM helpdesk

Student Studio Assistants – identified by “SUPPORT STAFF” shirts – are on duty to offer assistance with computing / printing / studio activities during core hours.

Stockwell Street Reception security personnel are First Aid trained; in the event that such attention is needed contact / inform front desk reception.

Please do not leave laptops and valuables left unattended

Take responsibility for YOUR studio by clearing up after yourselves; the cleaners can’t clean the floor if they can’t see it.  There are bins and brooms around the studio – please use them.

Pre-Booking System

05/01/21 Update: Due to the national lockdown, we are currently unable to offer this service until restrictions are lifted and access to university buildings is permitted. Remote access to the Work Stations will continue as before, instructions can be found here: https://blogs.gre.ac.uk/designsupport/remote-access-pc-direct-access/

We are implementing pre-booking system for access to some on-site resources in a controlled and safe way, Mondays to Fridays:

  • Design Studio Workstation PCS (18): AM / PM / EVE
  • Design Studio MACS (6): AM / PM / EVE
  • Design Studio Photography Studio-Pod (1): AM / PM
  • Workshop Spaces (6): AM / PM

The Moodle page for making bookings is here:


You must only come to the studio or workshop for your designated, pre-booked time slot.

When you arrive Support Staff will be on hand to offer assistance and let you know which machine/space has been allocated to you. For computer bookings, the the PC’s will be delegated first, then the iMacs. If you would prefer an iMac then please specify when making the booking in the comments section.

Workstation PCs

18 (dual monitor) machines are available in the studios for pre-booking. Machines and surfaces will be cleaned each morning by the University janitorial staff – but you should also wipe down the station at the beginning and end of your session using the cleaning wipes provided.

Photography Pod

A photographic setup with studio lighting and backdrops is available – for use by one user at a time. The studio will be bookable in 1 Hour slots.

Limited access is available for use of the basement photography studio for activities not possible elsewhere – single use occupancy / one slot per day. Please contact Robbie direct.

Workshop Spaces

Seven workshop spaces are available for full day / half day slots. Wipe down shared machine and tools surfaces after use.

School of Design Technical Facilities: Covid19 Arrangements

School of Design Technical Facilities: Covid19 Arrangements

Updated 14 May

The computers in Stockwell Street studios are no longer pre-book only

Stockwell Street Building 11 is now available to students Monday – Friday; 9.00AM to 7.00PM.

Note these measures relate specifically to the School’s studios / computing / workshop and photography spaces; they are also subject to the University’s broader guidance which can be found here


The Stockwell Street library will also be open

University Libraries operating times


  • Open access PCs in studio: a restricted number of machines are available for use in studios. Those machines taped off for social distancing reasons are available to access remotely
  • Remote access PCS: we have also enabled direct connection to our workstations to allow direct access to their software and processing power from your home machine.
    Instructions for Connecting from home
  • Click and collect plotting:  send plots from home for collection from the plot area when you arrive.
    Instructions for remote plotting.
  • Laptops: there is currently no laptop loan service


  • Studio spaces are open for Design School students, however you must continue to observe sensible social distancing measures – use chairs provided at individual tables; don’t drag them into a cluster.
  • You must not leave portfolios / models in studios; please bring and take away only what you need for your timetabled session.
  • Studio tables should not be moved from their designated locations.


  • We have a mini photography studio setup available in the first-floor studios
  • The basement photography studio remains available unless specific arrangements have been made and approved – for single users only.

Further information about studios


  • The workshop will be operating Monday / Tuesday / Thursday / Friday at a reduced capacity with a limited number of spaces each day
  • Wear a face covering at all times and the provided safety goggles when needed. FFP3 mask to still be worn when using certain machines or chemicals
  • Laser cutting / CNC milling / 3d printing files may be submitted via email for processing by staff and collected by arrangement
  • One-way entrance and exit routes will be implemented  

Further information about model workshop

We are also publishing guides and information to help students carry out valuable home studio tasks such as 3d scanning, photography techniques, model making and process specific resources. If there are particular areas / techniques you would like to see covered then please let us know at


Please be aware that as this is a changing situation the specifics of these arrangements may also need to change.  

Specifications when buying your own computer

When choosing your own CAD / design / visualisation machine consider the following broad pointers for specifications.

  • Laptop will have the portability and convenience but a desktop workstation is likely to be more powerful for the same price.
  • Get as much RAM as possible; 8Gb minimum but 16gb or more recommended
  • Discreet Nvidia GTX / RTX or Quadro graphics card if you can – rather than onboard graphics.
  • i5/i7 class or AMD Ryzen cpu or higher
  • SSD – solid state hard drive; it doesn’t necessarily need to be huge if you store data on an external drive.
  • Warranty – check this is not just a basic return to supplier option which would mean you are without a machine for weeks.
  • Screen: 1080p minimum resolution; for a desktop setup a 24 inch plus is ideal for CAD / visualisation – and adding a cheaper smaller second screen is a great productivity booster.

While machines without all these specs will still run the more power hungry applications it will likely be a frustrating and limited experience.


Macs won’t natively run some potentially useful software including:

  • Vray for Rhino – rendering plugin
  • 3D Studio Max – advanced 3d design / visualisation
  • ArcView – GIS Software
  • Autodesk Recap – laser scanning processing software

You can get discount on Macs via the Apple Eduction / Unidays store. A MacBook Air 13 with an upgrade to 16gb Ram is a pretty solid choice for graphic design students.

A desktop machine will likely be cheaper and easier to upgrade than a laptop – also you can have larger and dual monitor setups which is extremely useful for CAD / design work. Pcspecialist.co.uk have a great online machine configurator for getting a custom specification. A basic configuration could be easily improved later by swapping out for a better graphics card or adding extra RAM.

A refurbished or older machine with good specs is likely to be better than a new basic one – these two suppliers currently have refurbished laptops – with warranty – available for delivery:



Apple also sell refurbished and warranties models on the Apple Refurbished Site


Resources Available off site.

Note: The Stockwell Street Building and its facilities be closed from 17.00 Friday 20th March until further notice.

While you are unable to visit the University and access the School of Design facilities, here are some resources that may help while you continue your studies off-site:


Software available for download and installing onto your own machines:

Remote Rendering

It is possible to upload V-Ray render files to the University for processing on the workstation machines; uploaded files will be queued, processed and returned as .PNG images.

Instructions on how to remote render

Chaos also offer a paid render service themselves; priced according to render size and complexity

Chaos Cloud Paid Render

Learning Resources

Links to useful online tutorials / manuals / guides for popular design related software


Information about putting together a photography setup in your own home

Photography at Home


Workshop Activities at Home

Tech Support

We will endeavour to respond to queries and give advice regarding supporting off site activities as much as possible. Please mail us here


Key Dates 2020 : Timetable SUSPENDED

All key dates running up to the final submissions, end of year show and end of term are now SUSPENDED due to the current situation. A revised schedule will be published when conditions allow.

Monday 20th April

  • 24/5 Hour Access BEGINS (Proposed)
  • First / Second Floor S11

Monday 27th April

  • Final Submission
  • BA Architecture Year ONE

Wednesday 29th April

  • Final Submission
  • BA Architecture Year TWO

Monday 4th May

  • Final Submission
  • MArchitecture Year ONE

Tuesday 5th May

  • Final Submission
  • BA Architecture Year THREE

Wednesday 6th May

  • Final Submission
  • MArchitecture Year TWO

Thursday 7th May

  • Final Submission
  • BA / MA / MLA Landscape Architecture All Years

Friday 8th May

  • 24/5 Hour Access ENDS (Proposed)
  • First / Second Floor S11

Monday 11th-14th May

  • Install by SECOND YEAR Graphics / Animation students
  • Studios 1001 – 1006

Friday 15th May

  • SECOND YEAR Graphics / Animation Show
  • Studios 1001 – 1006

Monday 18th-22nd May

  • Deinstall by Students
  • 2nd year graphics show takedown

Monday 18th-22nd May

  • Studios 1001-1006 :Graphics / Media / Animation.

Tuesday 26-29 May (Monday is a BH)

  • Install by students
  • Graphics / Media / Animation

Tuesday 26-29th May:

  • Studios 10-21 (Architecture and Landscape)

Monday 1-3 June:

  • Marking
  • Graphics / Media / Animation

Monday 1-5th June:

  • Install
  • Architecture install (going into weekend if necessary)

Monday 1-5th June:

  • 1-5th June: Ground floor build and installation / FTV

Monday 8/9th June:

  • Rehang (where required)
  • Graphics / Media / Animation

Wednesday 10th June

  • Opening 6.00PM

Saturday 27 June

  • Open Day
  • Show closes 6PM

Sunday 28 June – 5th July

  • Deinstall by all students
  • Students to collect own work

Monday July 6th – July 10th

  • Deinstall
  • Remaining student work is moved to holding area

Monday July 13th – 24th

  • All first floor studio
  • Contractors to dismantle show and make good studios for beginning of term

Friday 28th August

  • Disposal
  • Unclaimed student work to be disposed / recycled

Academic Year 2019-2020 : What’s New

Here are some of the changes and additions for the design resources in Stockwell Street this new academic year.

New Studio Layout


Studio layout has changed; the tall walls in the crit pit put up for exhibition will now stay.  These walls are now open ended with shelving inside for extra portfolio storage in the studios.  More tables and chairs have been purchased too as well as new wheelable roll cages for tidier storage and transport of models / media / drawings.

Please make use of the extra storage – this year we are required to be tidier and less cluttered with work and models, etc. Please identify models and portfolios as your own – we may move these to storage shelves if they are cluttering the spaces.

The areas assigned to course groups have changed too; broadly the user / studio arrangement is like this

  • 1001 / 1002 : Landscape Architecture
  • 1003 / 1004 / 1005 / 1006 : Graphic Design
  • Crit Pit / 1020: Architecture
  • 1010 / 1019 : Shared studios


Software Updates :

  • Autodesk 2020 [about to be installed]
  • Sketchup 2019
  • Zbrush 2019
  • Cinema 4d r20
  • Blender 2.8
  • Vray Next

New software: 

  • KeyShot 8 – standalone renderer for Rhino, Sketchup etc.  Easy to use and fast.
  • Insta360 Studio – 360 camera editing
  • Cyclone Register 360. Laser Scanner registration and processing software

Plotting and Equipment

The plotting software has changed, we are now using Uniflow.  Prices have stayed the same, but now you will plot per area of plot – meaning you can choose any of the standard ISO sizes or make a custom size plot (for example a long plot).  The price is calculated according to the area and you will get a confirmation dialogue with the price for that area before going ahead.

New sheet feed plotter – we have an additional Canon TX-3000 plotter which has replaced the old sheet feed plotter.  Higher quality and faster – plots are also now charged per area of plot.

New Laser Printers: All of the A3/A4 laser printers in the University have been replaced.  The new models are faster, higher quality and deal with heavy PDF files better.  When printing duplex the second (back) page costs less.

NEW Ideal 4315 electric guillotine: this is a guillotine that will let you cut up to 40mm thick reams of paper / card in one go. It has an electric gauge and laser guide to allow precise measurements of cuts.  MUST NOT to be used with Perspex / wood etc. You will require the key to unlock and use this cutter – this will be available from support staff

Insta EVO 360 Camera

Camera for recording 360 degree movies and stills (used for creating video at top of this page). Includes “invisible” selfie stick.


NEW Ultimaker 5S 3D Printer: this is a new larger printer that allows print volumes of 330 x 240 x 300 mm. Small but important feature of this printer is that it will pause when it runs out of material the resume when it is refilled.


NEW laser cutter: Universal ILS9.150D can cut sheets up to 914 x 610. It is much more powerful than the old laser cutter it is replacing and much faster. The focus this year will be on all students doing their own laser cutting for straightforward jobs.


Design Studio :: Key Dates 2018/2019

Building S11 Operating Hours and Security

Opening hours for the Christmas break and details of the 24 hour operation which will start on 24thNovember:

Christmas / New Year Closure Dates

Closes:                         Friday 21st December 2018 / 5.00PM

Re-opens:                    Wednesday 2nd January 2019 / 8.00AM

24 Hour Opening

The 24 hour opening period for S11 Studios and 2nd Floor spaces is:

Monday 26th November – Friday 14th December (midnight)


Wednesday 2nd January – Friday 11th January (midnight)


  • 24 Hour Opening is for Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday only:  
  • Saturday and Sundays are midnight closing


Please exercise sensible security practice while in studios:

  • Don’t leave laptops and valuables unattended
  • Report suspicious behaviour to security staff
  • University and REASSURANCE security staff will patrol the areas
  • Keep Gateway Card on you at all times – you may be asked to leave if you do not have it with you
  • In the event of a fire alarm activation please leave immediately by following the fire exit signs to the nearest exit – use the enclosed stair cores rather than the open stairs.
  • No sleeping! Staff will wake anyone caught napping; Please go home when you are too tired to work.