Services
  • Supported Departments

    The Media and Design Studio offers a wide variety of services to supported WCAS faculty, complementing their syllabi. We provide teaching labs and classrooms, digital equipment, training and workflow suggestions to you and your students. We enable you to stream media to your students. Finally, we develop resources for online learning and scholarship.
    Facilities

    The Media and Design Studio has facilities available for students to complete assigned worked or for you as faculty hold lab sessions. Reservation requests and questions can be directed to mads-rooms@northwestern.edu.


    Activity Space

    • Kresge Room 2510

    In addition to offering a robust equipment checkout counter, the Activity Space offers a unique combination of individual and group spaces for learning, creating, and critiquing. Students participating in language learning activities or in bridged online courses, such as those offered through Big10 Course Share, will find carrels that are specially equipped with high quality microphones, headphones, and cameras. Students working on collaborative projects or presentations can reserve private meeting rooms, or use one of our activity booths.

    Hours: Mon-Thu 9am-10pm, Fri 9am-5pm, Sun 1pm-10pm

    Capacity: 40 (12 workstations, 2 booths, 2 collaboration suites, "maker" nook)

    Common Activities: Audio recording or teleconferencing assignments or drills (Native Accent, Skype, Japanese Hypercard Software), Video editing and voice over recording, Viewing/Listening (DVDs, VHS, BluRay, Broadcast TV, Audio Cassette Tapes). Collaborative editing. Console-based Gameplay. Tutoring.

    Computer Classroom 2524

    • Kresge Room 2524

    Kresge 2524 is one of the Media and Design Studio's two primary computer classrooms, reservable in advance, equipped with low-profile MacBook Pro computers and microphoned headsets. Teacher Station includes: Projection, Mac Mini (Mac OS), Document Camera, Region Free DVD Player, VCR.

    Hours: By Reservation, regular class times

    Capacity: 20 Students

    Common Activities: Language Lab Activities (DiLL), Computer-based assessment, Testing, collaborative media editing, collaborative authoring, training Sessions, seminar discussions, group meetings

    Voice Over Recording Studios

    • Kresge Rooms 2531 and 2533
    Access policy

    Students in classes that require high-end production value need undisturbed access to top-quality production equipment. The Voice Over recording suites are equipped with a professional grade Studio Microphone and pop filter and padded walls for sound dampening. An "On Air" sign allows people in the hallway to know you are recording. Ability for additional XLR and 1/4" inputs; Sound blankets may be requested in Kresge 2510.

    Hours: 24-hour access for students in pre-approved classes. Requests for access made quarterly by faculty via email to mads-rooms@northwestern.edu

    Capacity: 1 station/2 chairs in each room

    Common Activities: Advanced Audio Recording

    Editing Suite

    • Kresge Room 2535
    Access policy

    The Edit Suite studios boasts 3 iMac edit stations equipped with recording headsets and padded walls for sound dampening. An "On Air" sign allows people in the hallway to know you are recording. Small nook available for video recording; apple boxes available on site, sound blankets may be requested in Kresge 2510.

    Hours: 24-hour access for students in pre-approved classes. Requests for access made quarterly by faculty via email

    Capacity: 3 stations/4 chairs

    Common Activities: Audio Recording, Video Recording, Audio/Video Editing

    Computer Classroom 2530

    • Kresge Room 2530

    Kresge 2530 is the second of the Media and Design Studio's two primary computer classrooms, reservable in advance, equipped with desktop iMac computers and microphoned headsets. Teacher Station includes: Projection, Mac Mini (Mac OS), Document Camera, Region Free DVD Player, VCR. .

    Hours: By Reservation, regular class times

    Capacity: 20 Students

    Common Activities: Digital Art, Language Lab Activities (DiLL), Collaborative Media Editing, Presentation Authoring, Training Sessions, Seminar Discussions, Group Meetings

    Equipment Rental

    The Media and Design Studio has equipment available so faculty don't ever have to wonder how their students can complete assignments or how they can incorporate multimedia into their classrooms. The Media and Design Studio can walk you through the most effective equipment for what you want to do, and all of our equipment can be reserved online via our WebCheckout Portal. If you need assistance with your reservation, please email mads-circ@northwestern.edu or call the Equipment Checkout Counter at (847) 491-4167 during our operating hours.

    • Allow your students to have access to audio and video equipment for projects (interested faculty should request support the quarter before)
    • Incorporate iPads into your syllabi
    • Complement the room you are meeting in with our Instructional Support and Teleconferencing Equipment
    • The Media and Design Studio's easy-to-use recording equipment is also available to Humanities faculty and staff for departmental use.

    Adapters for the University's various projection systems may also be checked out without reservation for anyone with a Wildcard.

    Please note that our equipment, especially our audio equipment, is intended for use in classes and for completed projects and is not necessarily ideal for event planning (which depends greatly on the location and its appointments). The Media and Design Studio does not have speakers available for checkout for large spaces.

    Equipment Usage Policy

    All students must have a Statement of Responsibility on file with the Media and Design Studio in order to have access to the WebCheckout Patron Portal and check out equipment. The Statement of Responsibility can be filled online either at the check-out counter or beforehand. Authorization with your NetID is required.


    Audio Production

    Digital recorders, microphones, transcription

    The Media and Design Studio has a variety of microphones and recording devices, some of which can also be used for video production. Please note that our microphones are intended for recording audio and not for live amplification.

    Video Production

    Motion cameras, lighting, support

    We have easy-to-use cameras and accessories to make smart devices look professional. Among our accessories are tripods, lights and microphones. All of our equipment is designed for ease in getting your footage from the device to your computer too.

    iPads

    3rd generation

    Every year the Media and Design Studio makes iPads available to two 15-student classes per quarter. Students keep the iPad until the end of Finals Week. Applications for each academic year are due at the end of May of the previous year.

    Instructional Equipment

    Projection, teleconferencing

    Projectors, Document Cameras, a Conference Phone and Webcams/Microphones to use with Skype and other programs are all available to check out for a day and are reserved in advance. We stock many useful items such as Mac laptop and iPad video adapters (we call them dongles though) and make these available to walk-in requests.

    Although equipment is offered to the users qualified above at zero cost, our pricing list is available upon request for extenuating services.

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    Media Services

    Goodbye glorious collection of hundreds of audio cassette and VHS tapes and DVDs. We have finally decided to go digital. Consequently, we no longer maintain an analog library of media content. Instead, we are happy to help guide you on how to request media titles through the Library's Course Reserve system, the Audio Visual Repository, so that students can access media directly from within the Canvas Learning Management System.

    We are happy to make our few remaining DVD titles available via the central Northwestern media repository for use in Canvas sites. Requests for digitization, including clips, can be made by our supported Humanities faculty via the Course Reserves request form in Canvas. When receiving a Course Reserve request via Canvas, if the Library determines that your request should be handled by the Media and Design Studio, it will be automatically forwarded to us. If you wish to ensure that the request will be handled by the Media and Design Studio, be sure to write "MMLC" or "MMLC Clip" in the "Notes" field of the request.

    Course Enhancement

    The Media and Design Studio offers a wide array of technical support to Weinberg courses, including web development, curricular design advice, and custom app development. We can help translate your content and vision for your course into a finished, working result. We can tell you what is possible and come up with realistic timelines of how to implement these enhancements in your classes.


    • Web Development & Hosting

      See our projects page for a complete listing of past works.

    • Video Projects

      The Media and Design Studio is capable of creating videos for instructional needs, working with you from the script stage, through casting and art design, shooting, editing all the way to streaming it for your classes. See examples of past video work on our projects page.

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