New MassArt Design & Media Center Shines

A grand three-story glass-walled atrium is the new welcoming entrance to Massachusetts College of Art and Design on Huntington Avenue.

Re-purposed from an underutilized gymnasium in the center of campus, the Design and Media Center was carefully designed to establish a new interdisciplinary, flexible space model that would meet the rapidly evolving standards in art and design education and match contemporary studio practice. New opportunities for collaboration among disciplines and collaboration with corporate partners will advance opportunities for MassArt students and better prepare graduates for roles in the creative economy.

  • The building’s highlights include:
  • Connection among the Tower, South, East, and North Buildings, providing easier access to and movement throughout campus buildings
  • 130-seat Lecture Hall with a 4K digital projection and sound system
  • Fully-equipped Sound Studio
  • Modern, fully appointed Wood Shop
  • Additional gallery space
  • Professional Film Lighting Studio
  • Two high-tech Black Box Studios
  • Product Development Laboratory
  • Project rooms that are multipurpose and can be booked flexibly for meetings, projects, or installations on a temporary basis

For the spring 2016 semester, the College will dedicate one project room in the zdesign and Media Center to interdisciplinary academic activities in the area of sustainability. The Sustainability Incubator will host courses, workshops, lectures, and exhibitions on a variety of topics, enabling the MassArt community to collaboratively respond to the challenges of sustainability in art and design work. Some of the classes that will take place in the Sustainability Incubator include Writing Climate Change (Liberal Arts), Landscape Photography (Media Arts), and Sustainable Projects (Studio for Interrelated Media). The Sustainability Incubator will host several guest artists and lecturers this semester.

The building is built for LEED Silver certification.