STAMFORD DMD FACILITIES
In the Digital Media & Design Department, located on the third floor of the UConn Stamford campus building, DMD students enjoy exclusive access to three contemporary learning spaces that include: one computer lab, a flex Space to accommodate anything from video interviews to traditional lectures, and the Splash Pad - a room dedicated to digital play and exploration! Our spaces host a variety of technology including: 3D imaging, 3D printing, VR headsets, projection mapping equipment, as well as a wide selection of professional production gear for students to sign-out throughout the year.
UConn Stamford also hosts the Innovation Collaboration Space (ICS), a state-of-the-art technology lab designed to foster a culture of innovation and collaboration among the UCONN Stamford community. Through the ICS, DMD students not only have access to advanced software applications dedicated to support the DMD program, but also 3D printers, a large format printer, 27’ wacom touchscreen cintiqs, VR and AR headsets, and a high-end video / audio editing suite.
The first space dedicated to the DMD program in Stamford was originally part of the GE Innovation Lab. Now this spacious classroom contains 18 iMacs, a 90’ 4K TV, a projector and 10’ projection screen, stereo speakers, and a wacom tablet at every student work station. The Mac Lab also displays a collection of student work produced in the Digital Media & Design program, which is updated regularly throughout the semester and showcases student work from 3D lighting and rendering classes, 3D rigging classes, and more traditional graphic design-based classes.
This small, professional film studio features a lighting grid and black, green, and white backdrop curtains. The studio is used for classes and projects in the Digital Film/Video Production and Motion Design & Animation DMD tracks, as well as faculty-led research projects. Students working on projects within the Film Studio also have access to the DMD Splash Pad to check out a variety of film, video, lighting, and audio equipment.
Splash Pad (Media Cage)
Through the Splash Pad, DMD students can sign-out the latest equipment to support their work! Equipment includes: 4K video camcorders, Canon DSLR cameras and lenses, action cameras, 3D mapping cameras, LED and conventional light kits, tripods, portable audio recorders, high-end lavalier microphones, a dolly/track, and a jib. The Splash Pad is managed almost entirely by student workers, called lifeguards, who help students prep equipment and setup the space for special projects when needed (e.g., projection mapping, etc.).
Physical Computing Lab
As the DMD program continues to expand, so does our needs for physical space. This year the UConn Stamford campus provided a classroom to set-up a temporary Physical Computing Lab for our Interactive Media classes. Although the space is short-term for now, we are in discussion to identify a more permanent location. This room currently contains soldering irons, arduino devices, sewing machines, 3D printers, and other tools needed in support of our Wearables Technology and Web Practicum classes.
Benefiting from a recent upgrade, DMD classes now routinely take place in UConn Stamford’s e-Classroom, which features Cisco technology that provide easy telepresence between the Stamford and Storrs DMD program. This equipment allows faculty to teach DMD classes across both campuses simultaneously, while also offering an opportunity to invite industry professionals from around the country to speak to our students as part of our Digital Directions Speaker Series.
Flex Space / Beach House
This multi-use space is mostly used for our design theory and strategy-based classes, but thanks to a 90’’ 4K screen and furniture easily reconfigured to accommodate our dynamic program. The space has also been used as a gallery, film recording studio, and to host guest lectures from industry professionals.
Innovation Collaboration Space (ICS)
ICS is a state-of-the-art technology lab designed to foster a culture of innovation and collaboration among the UConn Stamford community. Through the ICS, DMD students not only have access to advanced software applications dedicated to support the DMD program, but also 3D printers, a large format printer, 27’ wacom touchscreen cintiqs, VR and AR headsets, and a high-end video / audio editing suite.