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Universal Tools

Fall 2020: Updated universal tools hours and systems for access coming shortly...
We are working to put the final touches on a scheduling tool for study space and studio access once on-campus access begins starting Wednesday, 9/16/20. We will notify students when the tool is available for use. Here are the basics of how it will work:

  • There will be 3 types of access available:
    • scheduled classes
    • recurring weekly access for assigned studios (set by Studio Managers)
    • weekly requests
  • All access to campus, with the exception of hybrid classes, must be scheduled; the scheduling window for weekly access will be open Monday-Wednesday prior for times during the requested week
  • Access will be available for study spaces, majors studio access, and specialty shops based upon how each department has structured time around class meetings.

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: sign up sheets/times located on the back right wall, contact 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:

  1. Students must be in a class that has gone over the studio or met with Eric Freeman (Open Session 12:30-1:30pm every Wednesday) and trained on how the studio works
  2. View the Calendar to find an open time that works for you (generally 2-5 hours) 
  3. Email and ask for a time slot. Requests are generally checked in the morning and late afternoon M-F 9:00-5:00pm (excluding holidays). Please allow a 24 hour window for booking a slot
  4. Your reservation will be confirmed and your ID authorized to open the door during that time slot

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

DMC Project RoomDMC Project Room

Location: D016, D109, D205, D208, D209
Access hours: 7:00am - 11:45pm
Reservation system: Contact Kyle Brock at, Office D113

  1. Please specify type of room requested and scope of project; documentation, installation, lighting installation as well as furniture/AV needs
  2. Reservations are generally schedule in 4 hour blocks starting at 8:00am each day
  3. Requests are checked throughout the week, Monday-Thursday 8:00am-3:30pm and Friday 8:00am-1:30pm. Please allow a 24 hour window for your request to be confirmed via email

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. 

Documentation Room

The Documentation Room located in D317 serves 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. 

View the documentation room Availability 

lighting installation rooms

A photo of room D306A photo of an installation in D307









Location: D306 & D307

Lighting Installation Rooms are minimally furnished these rooms are painted entirely black and have 12 foot ceilings that support full hanging grids. They can also be used for documentation. 

D307 Installation photo courtesy of Liv Anagnost '17 BFA Animation

Public Space

Access hours: 7:00am - 11:45pm
Reservation system: Contact Claudia LeClair

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.


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:



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 for more information.

Electronic Projects Studio

Location: North 271
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

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.