The Art Department provides three instructional computing lab facilities, one oriented toward photography and printmaking (“The Cave”), one toward electronic art, and one oriented toward public art. The labs are maintained by the Art Department IT Coordinator. Equipment, software and networking are provided through a combination of department, division, donor and grant funding.
All Art Department labs are available to qualified students 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Photography and Printmaking Lab (“The Cave”)
The Cave includes numerous large-format printers—Epson 7600, 7000, 4000 (2), 2200, 1280 (2)—for printing with archival papers and inks. Most printers have continuous inking systems to reduce ink costs. The lab also contains flatbed and slide scanners, color calibration devices, equipment for creating printing plates, and so on.
Electronic Art Lab
The Electronic Art lab is a free-form space for building computer-assisted art installations. It features specialized hardware and software for creating interactive works, such as support for robotics and installation control.
Public Art Lab
The Public Art Lab provides support for large-scale public works, including signage, image enlarging and projection equipment.
Digital Interface Facility (in development)
This facility, part of the planned Digital Arts building, will provide equipment and software to work in the interface between wet-chemical and digital photography. It will also provide mural production facilities.
History of Art and Visual Culture Department Facilities
HAVC Course Prep and Research Lab
The History of Art and Visual Culture Department provides one small computing lab to faculty for course preparation as well as research. Slide scanning, flatbed scanning and CD-creation equipment are available. Equipment, software and networking were provided through a combination of department, division and grant funding. The lab is maintained by Arts Computing.
HAVC Classroom Support
There is one department classroom, Porter D248, with IT and specialized projection equipment. Instruction on and maintenance of this equipment are provided by Arts Computing.
Film and Digital Media Department Facilities
The Film and Digital Media Department provides a number of facilities, all of which are maintained by department staff, and many of which are available 24 hour a day, seven days a week.
The Film and Digital Media Department provides six editing rooms with specialized equipment and software for nonlinear video editing.
Film and Digital Media Instructional Lab
The department maintains one high-end digital media lab, equipped with Apple Dual G5 stations with current state of the art video, sound, and film editing software.
Digital Media Lab
An additional digital media lab is in the planning stages.
There are several department classrooms with IT and media projection equipment, including a 90-seat theater/classroom, two media-equipped seminar rooms, a surround sound screening room, two production classroom spaces, and a large general production studio equipped with a green screen. Instruction on and maintenance of these facilities is provided by the department.
The Department maintains an extensive inventory of equipment for filmmaking, which is available for checkout by students. In addition, the department contracted for the coding and maintenance of a web-enabled database for reserving and tracking the checkout of this equipment. The equipment itself is maintained by department staff.
Music Department Facilities
Electronic Music Facilities
The Electronic Music Facilities are a suite of studios, workshops, recording facilities and classrooms for electronic music instruction and production. They incorporate a wide variety of sound and IT equipment. Facilities and equipment are maintained by the Director of Electronic Music Studios.
Music Instructional Lab
The Music Department and Instructional Computing provide one instructional computing lab with specialized equipment for music notation and MIDI. Equipment is maintained by IC staff.
There are several department classrooms and performance spaces with IT and projection equipment. Instruction on and maintenance of this equipment is provided by both department and Arts IT staff.
Algorithmic Composition Lab (in development)
This lab, part of the planned Digital Arts Facility, will be an IT-intensive space for the study and production of computer-aided/computer-generated music composition.
Theater Arts Department Facilities
The Theater Arts Department provides two adjoining IT lab facilities, a smaller student production facility, one large, advanced IT-enabled theater space, and three additional theater spaces with IT capabilities. Equipment and software are provided through a combination of department, division, building startup and grant funding. Facilities are maintained by departmental staff
Theater Arts Instructional Lab
This is an eleven-seat lab oriented toward classes in sound, scenic and lighting design, and video for theater.
Sound Design Studio
Adjacent to the main instructional lab is a small, high-end sound design studio. The studio contains two workstations optimized for creating sound for theater.
The Experimental Theater has a variety of state-of-the-art digital theater equipment, and is regularly used to create performances that are webcast. It is the location of upcoming collaborative dance pieces to be performed interactively with dancers from New York University over Internet 2.
Student Production Office
The Student Production Office is a five-workstation facility used by students involved in theatrical productions, typically those students working at the design and management levels of production. Typical activities include stage management, scenic design and lighting design.
Mainstage Theater, Second Stage Theater, Barn Theater
Each of these facilities hosts productions which have varying levels of IT involvement. Examples include video and other media design elements, lighting and sound production, supertitles and so on. In addition, the Barn Theater is a student-coordinated production facility which will shortly house several networked workstations for on-site stage management, scenic design and lighting design. The Barn is remote from the rest of the Theater Department, and the networking and workstations are critical for its operation.
Campus Lab Facilities
Instructional Computing, a unit of Computing and Technology Services (CATS), provides computing labs across campus, which can be reserved for class use. Three of these labs have an arts flavor.