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.
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 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.
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.
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.