Information for Visitors
We welcome off-campus visitors to the NCAT — especially prospective students & their families, and faculty & staff from other institutions.
Prospectives who are interested in finding out more about the NCAT during a campus visit can indicate this to the Admissions staff; we will do out best to arrange a meeting with a member of the NCAT staff and a tour of the facilities that fits into your itinerary. You are also always welcome to contact us with your questions.
Representatives from other institutions and other visitors are welcome to schedule a visit to the NCAT by contacting the NCAT director, Christopher Watts.
The NCAT is located in the Noble Center on the North side of campus. The most convenient parking location for the Arts complex is Parking Lot H, at the corner of Romoda Drive and Hillside Road. Directly across Romoda Dr. from Lot H is Griffiths Arts Center.
Facing Griffiths from Lot H, cross Romoda Dr. and walk around the side of the Griffiths building to your right. When you turn the corner, Kirk Douglas Hall will be on your right, with the quad behind and Gunnison Chapel on its far side. The first set of doors you will pass on the left are the entrance to Gulick Theater; the second set of doors on the left are the main entrance to the Noble Center. Go in these doors to the Noble Center lobby, and you will see the NCAT e-classroom directly in front of you. The main office will be behind you and to the right. The rest of the NCAT is on the lower level, directly below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from visitors – especially from prospective students and their families:
How is the NCAT different from similar facilities at other institutions?
The NCAT is unique in several ways. First, it is very unusual for a college or university the size of St. Lawrence to have such an extensive arts technology facility. Second, it is also unusual to have a shared technology facility that actually replaces departmental facilities (rather than complementing them). The arts departments gave up existing or planned technology labs in favor of a shared, interdisciplinary facility. While the NCAT helps departments meet their technological needs, it also serves as an important hub for interdisciplinary opportunities.
Who uses the NCAT facilities?
As its name would suggest, the NCAT is primarily for the use of the arts departments. However, use of our facilities is not restricted to students in particular departments, or even to those currently enrolled in courses that are working in the NCAT. We maintain open hours each week, during which anyone who has a valid SLU ID card may come to the NCAT and make use of most of our resources. Student employees are available to provide assistance during these times.
What kinds of equipment does the NCAT have?
The NCAT is a Mac-based facility; we have over 50 high-end workstations, and top-of-the-line resources for audiovisual, printing, and scanning needs. More details about this and the software that we support can be found on the Facilities page.
Does the NCAT loan out equipment?
Yes. We loan out consumer-level digital cameras, camcorders, and audio recorders to individual students. We do not loan out professional-level equipment, such as high-end cameras or lighting gear. Specifics may be found on the Info for Students page.
What kinds of courses does the NCAT offer?
The NCAT does not offer its own curriculum; rather, it works with other departments and programs to enrich their courses with digital media technologies. The departments with which the NCAT works most closely are Art & Art History, Music, and Performance & Communication Arts.
Does the NCAT offer courses in video editing, audio recording, or specific software packages such as Final Cut Pro, Logic, Photoshop, etc.?
Yes and no. As a liberal arts institution, St. Lawrence does not typically offer courses that are entirely focused on acquiring technical skills or proficiency with particular pieces of software. Looking through our course catalog, you will not find courses with titles such as “Introduction to Video Editing” or “Advanced PhotoShop Techniques.” However, St. Lawrence offers a wide array of courses that make use of digital media technologies – in a variety of ways – to engage more deeply with disciplinary and interdisciplinary concepts. For example, a course that examines the history and development of music videos includes a series of assignments that involve editing video and music; a course on digital media and culture includes experiments in a variety of digital media, from blogging to video editing to photo manipulation; a course that explores the issues of computer-mediated communication includes interaction in 3D virtual worlds. All of these activities take place in the NCAT.
We will continue to expand this FAQ, and invite you to submit your questions to us here or at: firstname.lastname@example.org