St. Mikes has some great buildings on its campus, but hands down my favorite is Bergeron, the media studies building. That is where I have a majority of my classes and spend most of my time. Inside, there are two computer labs, a regular classroom, plus all of the professors offices right there! You get out of the lab, walk two feet, and then there is your professors office if you have any questions. To check out what the building looks like, here is a link to Nate's blog where he breaks down Bergeron. It's so easy to talk to professors after class about projects or to borrow a lens from them if you need one. They're right there to help you out, and I think that really built a strong community for the MJD department.
Along with having access to the labs, we also get to use all the programs on the computers, like photoshop, bridge, illustrator, indesign, and audition. It's so helpful since you don't need to pay for the programs that you're going to need on a day to day basis. Plus, the building is close to all of the housing on campus, so when you need to do a lot of work late at night, you have to worry about walking far in the snow.
My Photojournalism class even gave us Canon cameras (with a bunch of lenses that you can check out in the library) to use. Here are some of the projects that we have been working on throughout the semester.
|From our "People without People" assignment,|
|"A Day in the Life" following a fellow student in the class to capture a typical day|
Above is a multimedia where we put together still pictures, natural sound, and interviews to make a video. This will also be how I make my final project about the costume crafts lab at St. Mikes.
As you can see, there is so much that we get to do in our MJD classes, they give us so much equipment to use, professors right next to our work spaces to use as a resource, and a building that is so close to everything. I can't imagine what it would be like to not have such a great building and community in the department.