The Newell Center for Arts Technology is a series of shared spaces in which faculty, staff and students can use digital media technologies to enhance teaching and learning. The NCAT is a unit within the Academic Affairs division, and the NCAT director reports to the Dean of Academic Affairs and Vice President of the University.
The Newell Center for Arts Technology exists to enhance the arts curricula and to foster a variety of collaborative, interdisciplinary activities.
In the service of this mission, it provides space, support, and resources for faculty, staff, and students pursuing projects directly tied to the arts curricula.
The NCAT facilities occupy a portion of two floors in the Noble Center on the St. Lawrence Campus. It is comprised of several spaces, including an electronic classroom, a lab, two small project studios, and office and workroom spaces. A second, seminar-sized electronic classroom is planned for a later phase of the building’s renovation.
Equipment and support is provided for digital image acquisition, creation, and manipulation; color and large format printing; digital video editing and production; audio editing and mixing; multimedia production; web design; and 3D printing. NCAT classroom facilities are currently open to courses in the arts, and to others by special arrangement with the NCAT Director. Use of the project studios is restricted to advanced students, and access is granted on a semester basis.
The main lab (NC003) is open to all members of the St Lawrence community during specified hours; the lab contains a HelpDesk staffed by students to assist users. Adjacent to the NCAT is the Performance & Communication Arts department’s Oral Presentation Studio (NC002), where students can rehearse and videotape many kinds of oral presentations. This facility is supported by the NCAT, but access privileges are granted by the PCA faculty.