Written By: Kimberly Davis
If you are a Digital Media student and have a hard time finding places to work on projects in this great big school, know that you’re not alone. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place to find the perfect spot to work on all of your digital media endeavors! Two great places on campus are the Digital Media Art & Technology Learning Lab (ATLL) located in Accolade West 102 and the Digital Media Transmedia Lab located in Accolade West 103. I know you probably already know these two rooms because this is where most digital media classes are held, but did you also know you can work on your projects in these rooms outside of class times? Both of these rooms are equipped with everything you might need for your projects. The Transmedia Lab has a lot of space and tables to work on. The lab is equipped with stage lighting, audio equipment, tools, soldering kits, and so much more. This lab is only for digital media students, so you almost never have to worry about it being too crowded. This is the same for the Art & Technology Learning Lab. The lab contains so many computers which gives students access to software such as Photoshop, Max 7, Processing, Unity 3D, and more. You are also able to borrow equipment such as camcorders, projectors, and microphones, which you might find useful. Just keep in mind that in order to be able to use the Art & Technology Learning Lab during open hours and borrow equipment, you must first purchase an ATLL card. For more information about lab hours, purchasing a lab card and the types of equipment available in the Art & Technology Learning Lab and the Transmedia Lab, check out the digital media website.
Perhaps you already knew all of this, but the lab hours just don’t fit your schedule; or maybe you just feel you spend way too much time in these rooms already and don’t feel like spending your evening hours in the same place you spend your class time. If this is the case for you, there is a great place called the Sandbox located on the second floor of the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence that you can use to get away from the digital media labs. The Sandbox is a large study space for students and, in addition to having some great areas to work on collaborative work, the Sandbox also contains a 3D prototyping lab where students are able to use 3D printers and laser cutters. If you haven’t checked it out before, I definitely recommend making the trip! For more information about the Sandbox you can visit Lassonde’s website.
If you’re still looking for places to work, other Digital Media students have said that the Scott Library, Winters College, and the Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building are also great places to have group discussions and work on presentations. If you have a secret gem that you think would be useful for DM students, let us know! Hopefully you discovered something new today and will test it out for all your digital media needs.