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t has been a few years since the television studio last had an upgrade, but it was worth
the wait. The studio, used primarily by the media arts department for classes in televi-
sion and sound production, was in need of an overhaul. While industry standards are
for digital and HD production, the studio was still using analog. But now, students
have a chance to flex their production muscles on new digital and HD equipment.
“Though not a top-to-bottom digital upgrade, when students see the new equipment it re-
ally boosts their morale,” said Jeff Bass, professional lecturer of media arts.
The studio now boasts widescreeen HD monitors in the control room, a digital switcher,
and new digital HD studio cameras. These new additions allow students to work in wide-
screen instead of the 4:3 ratio allowed in analog.
Students enrolled in television production and electronic moviemaking courses create proj-
ects each semester that use this equipment. For instance, in the advanced television production
course, students work to create a program that uses both field and studio work.
The new equipment improves what students are able to do, and they are now able to show
off their ability to work with state-of-the-art equipment. Next on the list of upgrades: field
cameras. “Our single biggest need now is for professional grade field cameras,” Bass said. “For
media arts students, field production and studio production work together.”