Columbia College Chicago offers a diverse array of classrooms, studios, labs and social spaces designed to allow students to explore their ideas, work on projects and collaborate with each other. Here are just a few of our many creative and media spaces.
The student-run Columbia Chronicle newsroom is a state-of-the-art facility for the production of the award-winning newspaper and its website. Housing the most advanced equipment used to gather and report news in print, online, and social media, this environment includes equipment used by students in journalism to website design.
These two control rooms are the flagship dual analog/digital music production facilities for Audio Design and Production classes in the Audio Arts and Acoustics Department. Both control rooms, connected to our recording studios, offer state-of-the-art, professional-level equipment for student use.
The Convergence Newsroom offers multimedia opportunities for student journalists to acquire skills in editing audio and video, photography, reporting on deadline, and uploading multimedia storytelling.
The Efroymson Art and Design Resource Center makes books, magazines, designed objects, dvds and audio available for students, faculty and staff. It provides a visual archive of teaching and resource materials, and serves as a space that promotes interdisciplinary collaboration.
Five equipment centers are located across campus for students to check out camera and lighting equipment and supplies for course use. Equipment Centers include the Intermediate Equipment Center, Advanced Production Sound, and the Advanced Camera Center (all located at 1104 S. Wabash Avenue), the Lighting Stage Equipment Center (Media Production Center, 1600 S. State Street), and the Television Equipment Center (600 S. Michigan Avenue).
The Loft serves as a centralized location for student organizations and sport clubs, serving as a “home away from home” to host meetings, events and activities. It also offers access to resources including laptops, meeting spaces, lockers and A/V equipment.
Columbia College Chicago's MFA Music Composition for the Screen program has its own lab. The lab’s innovative walk-through design means teachers have easy access to all students as they work on program or independent projects. Any student's audio and video can be presented at a moment's notice on a pair of 50-inch HD flat-panel monitors and powered monitors.
Our studio facility includes four post-production control suites where small teams of students can work together on music, sound art, or sound-for-picture projects. Two of the suites are equipped with LCD monitors and 5.1 surround audio for Audio for Visual Media or Sound Art work. The other two suites are stereo-only environments and accommodate lab assignments for our studio recording classes.
The studio complex includes two studios spaces, both of which are linked to Control Rooms A, B, and C. Both studios include a number of large, movable absorption/diffusion panels that can be used in a variety of configurations and can accommodate a wide range of instrumental setups, including use of the AA&A musical instrument collection. Studio A is 840 square feet, with a Yamaha C-7 grand piano. Studio B is 200 square feet, with a speaker system and HD video monitor for special projects.
Our remote production truck is used by a wide variety of television classes and events. The truck is a state-of-the-art “studio on wheels” equally at home doing live sporting events, live music production, or even live, local broadcast of college and city-wide events, giving students the opportunity to be involved with real-world television production.
The Workroom is a multi-purpose construction/fabrication/open studio resource space. It is open for all students to work and gain creative advice. Space can be reserved for specific time frames, with access to the Workroom’s extensive resources and supplies.