A donation from the John L. and Marlene A. Boll Foundation has allowed University Liggett School to the create a new media lab with new course for students.
Part of the $4.25 million donation from foundation has allowed the Fine and Performing Arts Department to significantly upgrade the infrastructure, hardware and software to provide an advanced media lab, offering students in visual art, film and music extraordinary tools, according to a release.
The new advanced media lab provides 10 stations with professional-grade hardware and software. According to the release, music students will be able to explore keyboard skills, music theory, composition, sound/audio mixing, and for the first time they will have tools to support the development of soundtracks for film.
According to a release:
- There is a full suite of Adobe tools for image manipulation for visual arts students,
- In film, students will have state-of-the-art digital video production equipment and software suites like Apple’s Final Cut, Avid’s Media Creator, and Adobe’s Premiere. There are also sound editing suites like Pro-tools, Sibelius, and Finale.
“Still, the tool kit means little if students are not provided the structure to support creative exploration of the media lab,” said Dr. Phillip Moss, chairman of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts., in a release “That’s where Liggett’s Curriculum for Understanding and the school’s Academic Research Program come in. As students move further along their individualized learning paths, these tools will become crucial in their ability to communicate their innovative understandings to our community and beyond.”