Exciting new space for School of Letters, Art, and Media
11 October 2013
Work has begun on a $1.8m refurbishment project in the Woolley Building. Designed to co-locate academic staff from two units within the School of Letters, Art, and Media, as well as staff from the school's Digital Media Unit (DMU), this project marks the beginning of a push for infrastructural investment within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
'Well designed infrastructure makes a huge difference for enhancing the teaching and research we want to carry out', says Professor Duncan Ivison, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
'This newly refurbished space for Media and Communications and Digital Culture will enable us to provide outstanding facilities for our students and staff - one our key goals over the coming years and the first of what I hope will be a series of forthcoming refurbishments'.
This project will support the amalgamation of the departments of Digital Cultures and Media and Communication, providing a cohesive departmental structure and promoting a culture characterised by teaching and research strengths in new media technologies.
The refurbishment will also enable the efficient and productive operation of the new DMU, which provides support for digital media use in research and teaching where that support exceeds University Shared Services agreements.
'Bringing these groups together will consolidate the School's physical spread thereby assisting us with infrastructural costs, administrative efficiencies and collegial culture-building', says Professor Annamarie Jagose, Head of the School of Letters, Art, and Media.
'This is a major capital investment in the School's infrastructure and from 2014 the new space will be a visible manifestation of the School's rapidly strengthening profile in digital cultures and media and communications'.
The Woolley refurbishment comes ahead of a $4 million project slated to begin in November 2013, which will include a computer lab designed to support high quality teaching and learning in video production. This new facility, which will be ready for use in Semester 1 2014, will be paired with an industry-standard 'smart' server, which will ensure a media production learning environment that will meet sector benchmarks for best practice.
In automating many aspects of the production, submission and archiving of student work, these advancements will support academic and technical staff in delivering high-quality teaching. They will also ensure an outstanding learning experience for Media and Communications students, providing a responsive teaching and learning environment that will expose them to real-world collaborative production dynamics.
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