Questions? Find the answers here.
Do I need to bring or buy my own computer?
You don’t need to purchase a computer to come here as the digital media labs are open 24/7 during the semester for student use. But many students do buy their own computers. Most have at least some sort of portable storage (i.e., a thumb drive, or a portable hard drive with a USB connection), just so they can take everything with them and also for backup.
Just about everything here is Windows-based, though a lot of our software will also run on a Mac. A Windows 7/10 machine would be most compatible with the labs (no plans for Windows 8). Laptop vs. desktop is up to you and how you expect to use the machine. For instance, will you take your class notes on it in other classes? For the digital media applications, you’d want at least 16 Gb of ram and a decent graphics card. We use nVidia graphics cards in the labs. If you end up taking some of the video classes, you’ll use a lot of disk space.
Most assignments get delivered electronically, so you probably wouldn’t require a DVD drive. We have scanners and printers in the labs, and lots of other cameras and camcorders for check out.
So it’s up to you. You can trade off time in the labs with the cost of a machine. There is a community in the labs that work with and help each other. You can bring a laptop into the labs as well as there is wireless in the whole building.
What kind of computer and software are available in our labs?
The labs on campus have Boxx graphics workstations that have 32Gb of ram, SSD drives, nVidia Quadro M4000 (8Gb), dual monitors, and 16 cores. There is a lab available with Cintiq monitors. There is also a 100-seat render farm available for animation.
Labs are also equipped with Autodesk Creation Suite (Maya, Max, Mudbox, Motionbuilder), the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, After Effects, InDesign, etc.), zBrush, Syntheyes, Nuke, Modo, Houdini, and others.
What equipment is available for students to check out?
- Canon T3Is (20) for photos and video
- Tripods, dolly, steadicams
- Portable audio recorders with microphones
- Wacom tablets and pens
- Light kits
How long before I start animating, or making a game, or shooting video?Students begin to animate, make games, or shoot videos in their first semester and go from there. There’s a Mid-Point review in your second year to look over your work and assess your potential to successfully complete the program. So there is a lot to accomplish in your 1st year!
Can I tour the Digital Media Center to see the facilities?
Where do your students go when they graduate?
Everywhere, and they do all kinds of different stuff. Lots of people in the studios working on games and movies, broadcast animators, matte painters, etc. And a lot of you-never-thought-of-that stuff like digital media specialist at the Peace Corps, interactive designer for E-Bay, making 3D virtual stores for Proctor and Gamble, etc. See for yourself in the digital media alumni group on Facebook. It’s a long list.
What scholarships are available to students?
Please visit our scholarship webpage here.