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Tech Central

Tech Central is the first point of contact for members of the MassArt community with questions and requests for assistance with Technology resources. We provide equipment borrowing services, in-house technical support, and portfolio documentation facilities for all matriculated MassArt students, faculty, and staff (with a current MassArt ID). 

Contact Us

Tower 312
helpdesk@massart.edu • 617.879.7888

Spring & Fall Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 7:00pm

Winter Break Hours:
Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Summer Hours:
Monday - Thursday, 8:00am - 7:00pm, Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm 

Loan Policy 

  • BFA studentsMFA students, and Certificate Students can borrow equipment for a maximum of three days for review boards only with the authorization of a faculty member

    Equipment Request Form
     
  • Faculty can borrow equipment for a maximum loan period of 7 days
     
  • Staff can borrow equipment for a maximum loan period of 3 days
     
  • Continuing Education students need prior authorization in order to check out any equipment from Tech Central.  Requests for equipment access must be made by the faculty member of a current CE course and must be approved by the Continuing Education Office.  Once access is granted, CE students are authorized to borrow equipment specific to their course for a maximum loan period of 7 days.   All access to CE equipment is revoked at the end of each semester

All computer loans are restricted to faculty and staff only. Standard faculty/staff checkout policies apply.

Liability

Borrowers are financially liable for lost, stolen or damaged Tech Central equipment. Borrower must pay for the replacement cost in addition to a $10.00 processing fee.

Reservations and Renewals

To insure equipment availability, we encourage borrowers to make reservations one week in advance for both portfolio documentation and equipment needs. Tech Central also offers walk-in as well as telephone reservations.

All equipment reservations may be renewed up to three times provided that the equipment is returned on time and it's not reserved.  

In order to renew equipment, all gear must be present at the time of renewal. No renewals will be made over the phone.

Late Fee Schedule

Items will be fined according to a tiered system based on the value of the item.

  • Green - $10.00/day
  • Orange - $5.00/day
  • Yellow - $1.00/day

There are no exceptions for a late fine.

Equipment late fines of $5.00 or more will prevent patrons from borrowing or reserving any equipment from Tech Central until the fine is paid.  

If you would like to dispute a fine due to serious illness, emergency or family matters, please fill out the following form and submit it to Tech Central.

Late Fee Dispute Form

Late Returns and Unclaimed Books

ConstituencyEquipment Loan PeriodWorkstation Allowance
MassArt undergraduate
& graduate students
3 day maxium,
no renewals
4 hours maximum,
1 station/week
MassArt Continuing 
Education students
1 week maximum,
no renewals
4 hours maximum,
1 station/week
MassArt faculty
& staff
3 day maximum4 hours maxium,
1 station/week
MassArt alumniN/A4 hours maximum,
1 station/week

Only authorized Continuing Ed. students are allowed to check out CE equipment from AVMS.
Fines do not accrue for MassArt staff or faculty.

Alumni/ae may use digital photography/scanning workstations for non-commercial documentation purposes only.

Damaged/Lost Items

  • Damaged but Repairable - Replacement cost per approved vendor plus $10.00 processing fee
  • Lost or Damaged Beyond Repair - Replacement cost per approved vendor plus $10.00 processing fee

Equipment List and Loan Limit

Type of EquipmentItem Limit
16 mm projector2
35 mm camera1
Audio cable, adaptor2
Boombox1
Cart3
Case3
Data Projector1
Digital Audio Recorder1
Digital Camera1
Digital Video Camera1
DVD Player1
Extension cord2
Firewire 4-6 pin1
Headphones1
Laser pointer1
Light kit1
Microphone2
Microphone stand2
Mini DV RCA cable1
Overhead projector2
Powered audio mixer1
Powered speaker1
Public Address System1
Projector stand2
Remote control2
Screen1
Slide Projector3
Slide tray3
Speaker2
Speaker stand2
Take-up reel2
Tape recorder/player1
Tripod1
TV2
USB cable1
VCR/VHS2
Video cable2