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.
- Art History
- Art Theory and Practice
- Asian Languages and Cultures (DALC)
- Comparative Literature Studies
- French and Italian (FIT)
- Middle East & North African Studies Program
- Religious Studies
- Slavic Languages and Literature
- Spanish and Portuguese
- Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities
- American Studies
- African American Studies
- Asian American Studies
- Gender Studies
- Latina/o Studies
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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
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 email@example.com
Capacity: 1 station/2 chairs in each room
Common Activities: Advanced Audio Recording
- Kresge Room 2535
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The staff of the MAD Studio boasts a wide variety of skills and expertise handling and preparing media across several forms and formats. While we do not offer a specific catalog of routine media services, we invite you to contact us for consultation or production assistance with special pedagogical or research needs.
Need Help? Shoot us an emailA few notes about some former, now obsolete services:
Goodbye, DVDs: Goodbye glorious collection of hundreds of audio cassette and VHS tapes and DVDs. Many of the former titles are now located in the holdings of the University Libraries for checkout, some are even available via online streaming! Either way, the Mitchell Media Center is an excellent starting point for seeing what's new! In addition to our peers in the Library, we are also happy to help guide you on locating and requesting media titles through the Course Reserve system so that students can access media directly from within the Canvas Learning Management System.
Au Revoir, Film Clips: A once popular service, the MAD Studio no longer prepares discrete clips of movies for use with Course Reserves. Since 2017, the ability to select, name, and assign virtual clips of reserve titles is now finally and happily part of the Course Reserves system itself. For assistance using the feature, contact the eReserves team at email@example.com
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.
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.