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Theatre and Media Arts, Visual Arts at BYU host open house Sept. 20

Will demonstrate newly installed state-of-the-art technological support

The Theatre and Media Arts and Visual Arts Departments at Brigham Young University, are combining to host an open house Tuesday, Sept. 20, that will showcase renovated classrooms, teaching spaces, production and computer labs and state-of-the-art computer software.

The remodeled F-200 wing of the Harris Fine Arts Center will be open from 4-6 p.m. to students, alumni, college donors and other invited guests. Patrons can peruse the classrooms and various labs to get a peek at some of the new resources available to students. Department lab assistants will also be on-hand to answer questions about the newly remodeled facilities.

“This open house provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the integration of technologically advanced facilities that will benefit multiple academic programs in the college,” said assistant dean Scott Boyter of the College of Fine Arts and Communications.

The open house comes at the end of long planning sessions and an extensive remodeling process that transformed outdated F-wing classrooms into high-end, network-accessible computer, photography and animation/moving image equipment labs.

“We are grateful to the BYU Board of Trustees and administration for their support in making possible these wonderful facilities, and appreciate Ira and Mary Lou Fulton, whose contributions have provided our students with first-rate technology,” said Dean Stephen Jones.

Students will have access to high-definition video editing stations with cutting-edge software, including programs to edit standard and High Definition (HD) images for film and television. The stations are connected to a state-of-the-art Apple Xsan (Storage Area Network) which enables the storage and high-speed transfer of data from one unit to the next.

BYU's award-winning interdisciplinary animation program is the recipient of upgraded technology resources and now has access to a new sound room designed for recording and mixing audio tracks for film. These updated facilities will aid the animation students in producing more top-quality animated short films such as “Lemmings” and “Pet Shop,” which both won awards from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation.

Visual arts students now are provided with large computer labs equipped with digital image manipulation software. The renovation also includes new photo labs where students can work on projects in traditional film dark rooms and in digital computer environments.

For more information about the College of Fine Arts and Communications, visit cfac.byu.edu/.

Writer: David Hawks

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