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Then...

Lowell Normal School students used the north light of the large drawing room on the third floor of Coburn Hall to sketch during a drawing class

At the turn of the 20th century, Lowell Normal School students used the north light of the large drawing room on the third floor of Coburn Hall to sketch during a drawing class. The adjustable desktops served as easels during art classes.

Now...

Art and design students around a computer at the new Expanded Media Fabrication Laboratory in Dugan Hall

Art and design students blend art and technology in the new Expanded Media Fabrication Laboratory in Dugan Hall. Using the lab’s equipment—which includes a 3-D printer, a 3-D scanner, a long-form laser cutter and an industrial sewing machine—students can fabricate prototypes and handheld objects. Up next: interdisciplinary courses and activities featuring both the Art & Design and Computer Science departments.