The ITE [ Information Technology and Engineering ] Building is where the IMDA program lives on campus and is next to the Imaging Research Center (IRC), where some IMDA students work as Research Assistants. The IMDA ITE space offers graduate students both a loading dock and media facilities, including a state of the art audio recording/editing studio, 4k video editing and graphics lab and digital fabrication, laser cutting, 4×8′ CNC milling. The computer lab is equipped with the full Adobe Suite required for web, graphics, programming, audio/video, motion graphics, stop motion and interactive development. In addition, ITE provides physical computing for hacking, Arduino’s and sensor building; a maker lab; and a breakout area flexible for individual graduate students production needs. ITE/IMDA partnerships give students additional access to 3-D printing at the Human Centered Computing’s [HCC] 3D PAD Lab.
The Fine Arts building is the home of the Department of Visual Arts where IMDA students have access to a variety of undergraduate studios and labs. These include the Cinematic Arts Production Cage that allows graduate students to check out IMDA-only equipment, along with undergraduate equipment. This ranges from HD cameras to several projectors, mac mini’s, related equipment and state of the art film, video labs including private editing suites, and additional production spaces with grid lighting and multiple backdrops for a broad range of video/photography, green-screening etc. Three output bureaus are available to IMDA students, including the campus-wide CommonVision and the Visual Art Department’s I/O Bureau and the Visual Arts Production Center, all offering large formatting inkjet and related output. In addition, Visual Arts offers color-and-black and white darkroom facilities with both wet and dry processes, copy stands, and experimental processes. Print media includes access to all toxic-free processes including lithography, etching, woodblock/linoleum, silkscreen, a vacuum table and digital and photo/darkroom processes. We offer graduate students an Epilogue laser cutter; 2D and 3D animation facilities, and interactive media including both hand and digital processes.
The Fine Arts Building is also where the Center for Art Design and Visual Culture [ CADVC ] is located. This is a premier exhibition and screening space of about 3,500 square feet where IMDA students often work as Research Assistants and where they display their M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition.
IMDA graduate students have studios in downtown Baltimore at the Lion Brothers Building located at 875 Hollins Street, 21201. The studios are newly retrofitted specifically for artists, where our graduate students can build and display ongoing projects. This space also serves as a platform to hold classes, discuss their work during faculty reviews, critique classes and one-on-one studio visits with guest artists and critics through our acclaimed Visiting Artists Lecture Series. The studios are within the footprint of UMBC’s sister campus, the University of Maryland Baltimore [UMB], and are within walking distance of the Inner Harbor, downtown Baltimore and a few blocks from the Bromo Arts + Entertainment District. For more information on transportation, such as the free bus shuttle to and from the main campus see our link here.