Creative Spaces

CAMD offers a wide range of cutting-edge studio, production, performance, and lab facilities—delivering hands-on learning opportunities that are at the core of our curricula. In these creative spaces, students hone and refine raw creativity into ideas that impact society, influence culture, and transform the world.

 

Experiential Technologies Lab

The lab encompasses high-end technology that fosters an environment of development and learning, drives independent and collaborative projects pursued by faculty and students, and supports experiential course work. Current work in the lab includes: biometrics-driven research with eye-tracking glasses, Shimmer and iMotion software; design research and digital storytelling with tools such as 360 VR cameras, Magic Leap, Hololens and Occulus Go; user testing with a one-way mirror environment, camera setups and high end computing. We strive to remove road blocks in the creation process, utilizing digital tools and new media to make emerging technology projects come to life.

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CAMD Media

The CAMD Media Studio in Shillman Hall is a cutting-edge facility that features the latest music and video technologies. Inside you’ll find:

27 workstations with new high-end Mac Pros and 34″ ultrawide LG monitors. Editing applications include Avid Media Composer 8.3, Adobe Creative Suite, and Final Cut Pro X. All workstations are tied to an internal Avid ISIS server.

  • An HD TV production studio with a full complement of equipment, including cameras, teleprompters, LED studio lighting, XPression graphics, and more.
  • A green screen room that includes a state-of-the-art motion capture system. Frequently used by animation, gaming, Art + Design, and theatre students, this space also has a removable green foam-tile floor, so students can composite objects and people using a variety of software applications.
  • A recording studio that allows music industry students to play and record at a professional level. This space houses a grand piano, drum set, DigiDesign C/24 mixing board, ProTools software, and a wide variety of professional microphones.
  • A wide range of new field equipment, including traditional disk-based camcorders, DSLRs, audio recorders, LED light kits, microphones, tripods, stabilizer rigs, and more.

The facility also includes a classroom/lab consisting of 16 student workstations with recessed monitors, plus an instructor workstation tied into the projection system. Northeastern University’s Snell Library also offers training and editing facilities in the Digital Media Design Studio. Digital video cameras may be checked out at Infocommons in the library.

 

Architecture

The Architecture department is home to the Ruggles Architecture Studio, which includes 300 work desks, two critique spaces available for use at any time, and additional critique space that can be created within the studio. It also includes a laser cutter and facilities for digital output to color plotters.

 

Art + Design

The Art + Design department offers students several advanced labs and studios [Link to TBD] dedicated to a variety of media, including:

  • Maker Space with art equipment including 3D printers, CNC and laser cutters, vacuum-forming gear, and many environmental safety controls.
  • Computer labs with computers and printing facilities.
  • Art studios with workspaces for art foundation courses.
  • Photography lab with fully equipped analog darkrooms and digital imaging labs.

Video studio with advanced facilities for video and TV media creation.

 

Communication Studies

The Communication Studies department maintains a media lab to support courses in basic and advanced sound production. The media lab is also used to support courses in digital editing and special effects and postproduction for television and film, and for voice-over work. The lab includes 16 Apple iMac workstations running Pro Tools software with the appropriate.

 

Journalism

The School of Journalism includes a state-of-the-art newsroom, which also functions as a working lounge and presentation and lecture space. The school also houses two Mac computer labs with the latest software including Adobe Creative Suite and video and audio editing programs.

Students also have access to extensive offerings in interactive media, including 360-degree cameras, data visualization, and game design platforms, as well as documentary film and podcasting equipment.

 

Music

Recording studios
The Music department is home to the university’s three state-of-the-art recording studios. These facilities produce master-quality recordings, many of which have been released for distribution.

Use of the recording studios is reserved for students taking courses which require use of the room, such as Music Recording, Sound Design, etc. Hours vary for each recording studio.

Music and Media Lab
The Music and Media Lab is a Mac-based studio that allows students to record, compose, mix, and master their music on state-of-the-art equipment and loudspeakers. The studio is well-suited for small recording projects, sound effects and foley, voice over, mixing for multiple channels, and mixing for picture. The space is configured with a Genelec 8.1 surround sound system.

Use of the Music and Media Lab is reserved for students taking courses which require use of the room, such as Sound Design. Eligible students have access during normal building hours (outside of times that classes are held in this lab), as well as on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Wenger Practice Rooms/Studios
Advanced Studio A and Advanced Studio B are single-station studios that allow students to record, compose, mix, and master their music on state-of-the-art equipment and loudspeakers. Studio A is PC-based and Studio B operates on a Mac platform.

Practice room usage is reserved for music majors/minors, students taking private music lessons, students participating in a Northeastern sponsored ensemble or students enrolled in a music class (requiring use of a piano). Eligible students have access during normal building hours, as well as on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays

Practice rooms and rehearsal spaces
The Music department offers eight practice rooms, many equipped with pianos, drum kits, and/or amplifiers.

Practice room usage is reserved for music majors/minors, students taking private music lessons, students participating in a Northeastern sponsored ensemble or students enrolled in a music class (requiring use of a piano). Eligible students have access during normal building hours, as well as on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Piano Lab
The Music Department Piano Lab is used for our Piano Class course. The lab contains 17 Korg digital pianos. When not being used for instruction, this lab is available for student practice.

Piano Lab usage (outside of class time) is reserved for music majors/minors, students taking private music lessons, students participating in a Northeastern sponsored ensemble or students enrolled in a music class (requiring use of a piano). Hours vary depending on staffing and are posted online.

Critical Listening Room
The Critical Listening Room is a Mac-based room which offers, as its control center, an Avid C-24 hybrid console, featuring 16 analog microphone preamps and a 24 moving-fader mixing control surface that pairs perfectly with ProTools. It also has 6 Genelec speakers for 5.1 listening, and an extensive collection of audio plugins.

The Critical Listening Room is used by students and instructors in the first and third semesters of Northeastern’s Recording Minor as a classroom and for the analysis, mixing and mastering of multitrack recordings.

Mixing and Mastering Room
The Mixing and Mastering Room features a Slate Raven MTX Mk2 multi-touch mixer, Genelec monitors, and an extensive array of audio processing plugins.

The Mixing and Mastering Room is used primarily by students who are in the second and third semesters to the Northeastern’s Recording Minor.

 

Theatre

The Theatre Department produces six to eight productions annually in two performances spaces. The Studio Theatre provides an intimate, flexible theatre experience for fully designed productions, and the Ryder Theatre Lab is home to experiential work, performances classes, showcases, and new plays.

Working with Technical Director Eric Kelly and Costume Shop Supervisor Margaret Koerber, students construct scenery and costumes in our on campus productions shops. Performance courses are also held in our Acting Studio and Acting for camera courses are held in the CAMD Media Studio.

The Studio Theatre and Ryder Theatre Lab are reserved for Department of Theatre productions, rehearsals and classes, as well as CAMD special events and programs. They are not available for outside rental and are generally reserved for student use by Theatre majors and minors only.