UMass Lowell will resume on-campus instruction, research and campus life for Fall 2020. View the plan for more info.
The Art & Design Department operates four computer labs housed in Mahoney Hall. Each lab is equipped with eighteen, 27 inch iMac stations, break-out tables, critique walls with track lighting, an instructor computer station, HP large color laser printer, and an Epson Expression flatbed and film scanner. Each computer lab has an 80 inch LCD screen for display, a full sound system, and dry erase magnetic boards for additional display and handwritten lecture notes. All computer labs feature secure WIFI and internal network connection. The four computer labs are loaded with current versions of the Adobe CC Suite. Mahoney 111 is our specialty animation lab. This lab features all of the above, as well as eighteen, 22 inch Wacom touch tablets with interactive pens. Our computer labs are located in Mahoney 103, 111, 206 and B-8.
Students and faculty may utilize the computer labs Monday through Friday with ID card access. Labs are also staffed during evening and weekend hours, creating plenty of opportunities for students who require lab hours outside of the regular class schedule.
Art Department Visualization Lab
Our new Visualization Lab features state-of-the-art equipment to create and capture data for visualization, including Motion Capture, Virtual Reality, and HD 3D Scanning. The Perception Neuron Suit, an inertial motion capture system, allows users to capture accurate motion data of human movement for use in animation, gaming, and experimental studio art practices such as digital performances. In addition, the Oculus Rift and VIVE Virtual Reality systems are available for creating and experiencing immersive, virtual environments.
For visualization of static objects, the Einscan Pro handheld 3D Scanner can digitize objects with precision and high definition for a variety of outputs including 3D prints and 3D meshes for animation and gaming. In addition, the lab has two copy stands suitable for capturing Stop Motion Animation frames and documenting artists books.
The Visualization Lab is also equipped with new Alienware PC laptops with powerful Nvidia graphics cards, a large monitor, and a projector. The furniture and equipment are compactable and mobile, allowing faculty and students to use the space with flexibility.
Students working on their B.F.A. capstone projects in graphic design have access to studio space in a secure area. They are given card access and can use the Senior Studio Space 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These studio spaces are awarded through an application process reviewed every semester by a faculty committee.