The Department of Communication, which includes state-of-the-art video editing labs and suites, an interviewing lab/classroom and a large theatre-classroom, is housed in the Communication Building. We have modern classrooms, an informative and entertaining in-building television network and a spacious and comfortable student lounge.
Computer Labs and Video Editing Suites
The department has two primary computer-labs/classrooms with 27” iMac computers and industry standard software. The labs are equipped with the Adobe Creative Suite programs, including Premiere Pro, After Effects and InDesign. In addition, our labs and five video editing suites support additional video editing software programs including Final Cut Pro and AVID.
Equipment Check Out
Film/digital cinema and broadcast emphasis students may check out film and video cameras, DSLR cameras, audio equipment, and camera movement and support systems from our equipment check out facility. Two doorway dollies, a track dolly, and a gib-arm round help with the all-important goal of camera movement in film. In addition, the department has lighting instruments, light kits and C-stands for students to check out.
Studio 20 Recording Lab
Studio-20 is a state-of-the-art recording lab in the Communication Building. In this audio/radio lab, students practice the art of mixing for audio, practice digital audio editing techniques, and create talk and music programs. Some of this material is run on Lamar’s National Public Radio station KVLU 91.3.
COMM 127 Interview Facility
COMM 127 is the department’s state-of-the-art-interviewing facility. The classroom was designed to help students master the art of interviewing. The large classroom has six interviewing/break-out rooms in which students practice the skills involved in creating effective interviews. The room and classroom are equipped with a sound system and cameras so that students may observe interviews as they occur and analyze their work after the interviews are presented.
COMM 103 is the department’s theatre classroom. Although many of our classes are designed to have small class sizes (with 12-15 students), our theatre-classroom is designed to accommodate larger classes. Even so, it was designed in such a way that students feel that they are actively involved in the learning process. State-of-the-art audio/visual technology enhances student learning in this space. The theatre is also ideal for student movie premiers, movie nights, and special guest lectures.
The Department of Communication student lounge is the most comfortable student study (and relaxation) lounge at Lamar. The comfortable and quite atmosphere is ideal for both studying and visiting with friends and classmates. Because of its looks and versatility, the lounge is also an ideal shooting location for the making of student films.