The Digital Arts computer labs can be found in the Wolfe Center for the Arts which is conveniently located next door to the Fine Arts Center. This is great because Digital Arts students frequent the Fine Arts Center for Studio and Art History classes, instructor’s office hours, or if they need to take care of something in the School of Art’s main office. The Arts Village learning community is also in nearby Kriescher.
The Wolfe Center is a beautifully modern building. It was designed by the Norwegian architectural firm, Snøhetta, which likes to incorporate elements of the local environment. The Wolfe Center was designed to look like one of the glaciers that moved across Northwest Ohio long ago. Snøhetta also designed both the reconstruction of Times Square and the 9/11 Memorial Pavilion in New York City.
At the top of the stairs you’ll find Lab 246. This lab was recently updated with state of the art PCs. Besides having amazing 49” curved screens, these computers are work horses and can handle normally cumbersome animation software with ease thanks to their 32 GB of RAM and 20core Xeon Processors. They are also equipped with 16 GB video cards and 1TB class 50 solid state drives. Each station has an Intuos tablet and there is screen sharing hardware and projection from any station so that instructors can share student work with the class.
Because Digital Arts is such a broad field, we’ve set it up as kind of a build-your-own major in that you can choose the courses for the specialization you want. You start with our Digital Imaging course. From there you might take Art and Code, Story and Concept Development, Creative Character Design, or Art in Digital Environments. No matter which courses you take, they will be taught by competent and compassionate faculty who are excited to help you reach your full potential.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a lot of experience in the industry software. In your classes you’ll learn to use Autodesk Maya, GenArts Sapphire, Painter, Processing, Unity, zBrush and Adobe Creative Cloud (which includes Premiere Pro, Photoshop, After Effects, Audition, Flash, Illustrator, and InDesign). These programs allow our students to create sophisticated works like this one:
Let’s take a look at Lab 244 also known as the Mac Lab. Each workstation has a dual monitor set up and a [Wacom] Bamboo tablet. But I’d really like to call your attention to our two 27” [Wacom] Cintiq tablets. These are great for detail imaging work like what you’ll see in this student piece:
*digital sounds and indistinguishable whispers each time either campsite glows red*
Lab 202 is the video editing lab and it is shared with the Film department. This lab features:
21 Macs Including the teachers station. Each one equipped with:
• 12-Core CPUs
• 32GB RAM
• 1TB Drive
• Dual AMD FirePro Video Card
• Two 27″ Apple Thunderbolt Displays
• Each station also has an Intous tablet
BGSU’s Digital Arts program is well known for animation, but it also encompasses digital video art, visual effects, virtual reality, video game development, digital imaging, digital painting, and so much more. With qualified faculty and stand out courses, BGSU can help you realize your dream of working in this ever-expanding field.