The center was established to improve students' ability to make visual works thereby contributing to nurturing them as professionals. The role of the center is: providing equipment and technical support for classes and workshops; efficiently managing all technical equipment of the School; collecting information on the newest equipment and latest technology; and educating students about them.
The institute intends to conduct interdisciplinary studies of visual culture, indigenous studies, and visual production; make a discourse balanced with practice and theory; and promote vitality in East Asia studies. While taking the initiative in leading the trend of cultural studies across Asia, the institute strives to share research and project results with other researchers and organizations through lectures or publications. Since 2001, international symposiums have been held under the various themes: "Modernity, Globalization, and Gender"; "Imagining 'Inter-Asian-ness' beyond Neo-liberalism"; "International Conference on Trans-Asia Screen Culture Studies"; "Emerging Subjectivities, Cultures and Movements"; and "Inter-Asia Summer Camp: New City Landscape and New Asia Film".
The Team was set up to efficiently manage, utilize, and distribute the works of the students, thereby creating a virtuous circle of educational achievement of the School. As of October 2008, the number of students' works reached 900, and it has steadily increased since then. As part of the efforts to respond to a changing media environment, a digitizing project to put all the works of students on the Internet is underway. The ultimate goal of the project is to make a digital archives. Some of the works were broadcast on PBS, and invited by Berlin Film Festival. Broadcasting and distribution contracts were signed with Canal Plus and Berlin Calling Mobile respectively. By digitalizing students' works, the team is seeking a substantial contract with Shorts TV International, a UK-based broadcasting channel which holds a large number of students' works of AFI and USC.
The room intends to collect and preserve data and build and utilize database. Its main role is to manage screening copies of students' works and rare materials. There is a screening room for students and faculty to see them. It has around 2,500 visual materials (VHS and DVD) at home and abroad and students' works for workshops and graduation. They are used for classes and studies in the School.