A new digital design studio to bridge the gap between arts and technology



Contractors are working on the restoration and transformation of the Davison Art Center’s car delivery section into a digital design studio. The space once housed the art library.

Imagine a place where Wesleyan students with an array of interests – art, photography, architecture, graphics, and theatrical design, to name a few – can work together in a dedicated digital space. Where faculty and students can bridge the gap between traditional arts and humanities courses and the huge changes taking place in the technological world.

The new lab will include new computers, scanners and 3D printers.
The new lab will include new computers, scanners and 3D printers. (Photos by Dat Vu ’15)

This place is no longer imaginary. A $ 150,000 grant from the George I. Alden Trust will support a digital design studio in the redeveloped car shed section of the Davison Art Center. Starting with around eight classes taught by three or four faculty members, the digital design program, slated to open in January 2015, will eventually include intensive summer programming, reaching dozens of additional students by its time. second year.

“More than just a collection of high-end computers and software for art classes, this will become a hub for faculty and students,” said Dean of Arts and Humanities Andrew Curran. “Together, they will work in various disciplines that are part of the massive digitization of design and the humanities. “

The shed housed the art library until 2013, when the library’s holdings were amalgamated in Olin. The grant will be used to reallocate and renovate the space and to purchase technology, including scanners, 3D printers and special software.

Wesleyan’s proposal for the Digital Design Studio predicts that over time, students will be able to apply for and accept projects outside of the university, thereby gaining valuable work experience through non-university digital design work.




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