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Universal Tools

MassArt is pleased to share information  about the growing list of tools and resources available to all Undergraduate and Graduate Students students at the College, regardless of major. These resources have been re-categorized as the "Universal Tools and Resources" to underscore this. Some of these items have been around for a while, and may be familiar, others are new to the College with the opening of the Design and Media Center (DMC) last spring.

Digital Makers Studio

The Digital Makers Studio is a new space in the DMC where we're planning to introduce new and developing technologies that have potential applications across majors. This studio will be the home of the Laser Cutter, and is also the home of a new open computer lab, both of which we describe in more detail below. Over time we hope to introduce new technologies into the space, such as 3D printers, digital die-cutters, and more.

Laser Cutter
Location: D311
Access Hours: 7:00am - 11:00pm
Reservation system: Reservation system: Summer access for graduate students only. Sign up sheets/times located on the back right wall, contact lasercutter@massart.edu for questions.

The Laser Cutter Room features two lasers, doubling the hours of access to this increasingly popular technology. We have a new system for training and use in place that we hope will streamline access. New users sign up for training with a monitor in D311 (look to the back wall); after training is complete users are approved for access beyond monitored hours when partnered with another user. Students who already have achieved Laser 2 level or higher from a previous semester may be grandfathered in as users. 

Download the Laser Cutter Overview

Open Computer Lab
Also located in D311, the Open Computer Lab is available for students during normal campus access hours. The space is equipped with 9 iMacs running the Adobe suite software package, USB charging stations and a dedicated color laser printer.


Sound Studio

Location: D310
Access hours: 7:00am - 11:45pm
Reservation system: Contact Eric Freeman at efreeman@massart.edu or Kyle Brock at kyle.brock@massart.edu.

Located on the 3rd floor of the DMC, the new Sound Studio is available to all MassArt students. First, the studio serves to teach classes on sound recording, composition and editing.  Secondly, it serves students working on audio projects, scoring and other production in stereo or multiple surround sound formats.

If you would like basic training in the studio, please come to a recurring open info session with Eric Freeman every Wednesday from12:30-1:30pm. You can also email Eric for a training appointment. Remember, this space is shared by every department and studio times can be more restrictive.

View Sound Studio Calendar Availability 


DMC Project Rooms

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Location: Various, see below
Access hours: 7:00am - 11:45pm
Reservation system: Contact Kyle Brock at kyle.brock@massart.edu, Office D113

Each of these spaces offers unique opportunities for students to work independently or in collaboration with others:

  • Project Rooms - while these spaces double as classrooms in many cases, some are also available to sign out for critiques, class meetings, artist talks, or collaborative projects. Room #s D109, D110, D123, D205, D208, D209

  • Fenway Studio D122 - acts as home base for the new Master of Design Innovation program

  • Fenway Studio D123 - "The Back Porch" functions primarily as a Project Room


Installation Rooms

These rooms are minimally furnished to allow for installations of any type. Each space is unique, featuring details like uni-strut for suspension of artwork and track lighting: Room #s D008, D009, D016


Lighting Installation Rooms

Also minimally furnished these rooms are painted entirely black and have 12 foot ceilings that support full hanging grids. Reservation includes a set of 5 LED lights: Room #s D306, D307


Documentation Rooms

Documentation Rooms serve as a space for students to photograph artwork. Equipped  with black and white roll paper for backdrops, a camera with tripod and two LED lights on stands. Additional equipment may be reserved from Tech Central. Room # D317


Public Space


Access hours: 7:00am - 11:45pm
Reservation system: Contact Events Coordinator, Guillermo Carreon at gcarreon@massart.edu

There are many public spaces across campus reserved through the office of College and Visiting Events, located in Student Development on the 2nd floor of Kennedy. These areas are available to students for art installations and other activities. Examples include, Courtyard, DMC Atrium, Tower Lobby and the new outdoor podiums in front of the DMC.


Woodshop

Location: D002/D004
Access hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 9:00pm • Saturday 8:30am - 6:00pm • Sunday: Closed
Reservation system: See below

The Wood Shop is located on the lower level of the DMC. The Shop Managers work diligently to make this state of the art facility a safe and efficient resource for everyone who walks through the doors.

The Wood Shop is available during scheduled hours to MassArt students who are currently enrolled in a course which uses the wood shop for each class, or have successfully completed one of the following gateway courses:TDA/3DTD-201 Projects in Wood, EDAD-202 Methods and Materials, EDID-220 Joinery or EDAD-307 Furniture Design.

Previous experience may be accepted as a prerequisite at the discretion of the wood shop studio manager.  Open access hours change each semester and are posted outside the shop. Wood shop studio managers can be reached at 617.879.7919 or by MassArt email:

Resources 


Letterpress

Location: Tower 916
Access hours: See below
Reservation system: See below

Located in the Communication Design Studio on the 9th floor of the Tower Building, the MassArt Letterpress is one of the largest shops for learning letterpress in New England. In addition to more than 500 fonts of metal and wood type, the shop houses five Vandercook presses including three SP15s, a Universal 1, and a 219 Old Style.

The Graphic Design department offers classes and workshops to students in the day program as well as through Continuing Education. Students learn about the traditions and craft of printing using letterpress and the historically intertwined relationships between typographic and printing technologies. To access the MassArt Letterpress shop students must be enrolled in a full-time or Continuing Education course or workshop.  


Spray Booth

Location: Tower 1003
Access hours: 7:00am - 12:00am
Reservation system: None required (see below)

The Spray Booth, located on the 10th floor of Tower Building, services the entire campus. Students first access the space by having an introduction to the spray booth with the Studio Manager or 10th floor monitor on duty. Students have full access once trained on the equipment.  

Contact studio manager Lee McDonald at lee.mcdonald@massart.edu for more information.


Electronic Projects Studio

Location: North 272
Access hours: 7:00am - 11:00pm
Reservation system: current student who has taken a class using the  studio, or special permission. Contact Fred Wolflink, Associate Studio Director - New Technologies at fwolflink@massart.edu

Established in 1994, the Electronic Projects Studio is a multidisciplinary space for creating artworks that incorporate  electronics and computers. The studio supports analog and digital  circuitry, micro-controllers such as the popular Arduino, development  platforms such as the Raspberry Pi (R-π), and multimedia programming  languages such as Processing, Max 7, and PureData.

Students in every department in the school have worked in the space. Classes regularly taught include: Electronic Projects for Artists I and II, Elements of Media I & II, Advanced Digital Projects, and Internet Culture & Techniques. The studio is available for workshops and course modules such as creating sound transducers for Studio Foundation, introducing electronics to Industrial Design seniors, and electrical safety. Access to the space is by permission or having taken a class or workshop.