About 400 students will attend classes at Fanshawe's new Centre for Digital and Performance Arts in downtown London, which opened its doors Monday.

The 50,000-square-foot building has state-of-the-art facilities and the school says its downtown location means students have immediate access to arts, entertainment, parks, shopping and more.

The Centre for Digital and Performance Arts will be home to programs like; 3D Animation and Character Design, Interactive Media Design and Production, Technical Costume Design and Theatre Arts.

"Here at this particular campus is the most creative students of Fanshawe College and so I think being here will make them even more creative," says college president Peter Devlin.

Media toured the high-tech facility Monday morning.

Originally scheduled to open in the fall, construction delays hindered the completion of the new campus on Dundas Street, just west of Richmond Street.

The school has also announced plans to bring more students to the downtown core by purchasing the nearby Market Tower.

"It's very exciting to be here. I think walking in for the first time was that exciting feeling that gave you butterflies," says student Sue-Ellen Furtney.

A total of seven programs will be running out of the new facility.