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Technology Plan 2004-2007

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Art – Digital Arts

Description 
The Digital Media Lab is an efficient studio/laboratory for artists and photographers. The lab has 21 eMacs with 1 GHz, G4s and 512 Megs of RAM, operating with OS 9.2.9 and OS 10.3. Twenty of the eMacs are student work stations and one is the classroom instructor station. The lab also has 5 iMacs with 600 MHz, G3s and 256 megs of RAM operating with OS 9.2.9. The five iMacs are used for a variety of purposes including the scan stations. The lab also has two SCSI scan stations with two of the older versions of the Power Macintosh G3s (to be replaced soon). The lab is running with stand alone computer work stations. A digital projector was purchased for enhanced computer instruction in 2003.
 
The Digital Media Lab in 2004 acquired through funds provided by the Instructional and Technology Resources, a new Epson Expression 1640 XL scanner to replace one of the out-dated SCSI device, Hewlett Packard Scan Jet, flat bed scanners. The other two scan stations are Epson Perfection 2450 Photo film and flatbed scanners purchased in 2002/2003.
 
There are four Epson 820 Stylus Photo printers and two Epson C80 Stylus printers which were purchased in 2002/2003. The lab acquired through funds provided by Instructional and Technology Resources, a Hewlett Packard, black and white, Laser Jet 4300 printer in 2003. The older Laser Writer printer has consistently not worked due to network problems.
 
The Digital Media Lab has two early vintage Sony digital Mavika cameras for student use purchased in 2001/2002. There are also two Canon G3s and two Nikon 885s for limited student use purchased in 2003.
 
The Digital Media Lab has recently acquired a software upgrade to allow for an upgrade of the operating system on the 21 eMac computers and 4 scan station computers. The appropriate number of licenses for the Adobe Creative Suite and the Macromedia Studio MX 2004 were purchased earlier this year through a generous donation from the Communication and Fine Arts Council of Chairs, block grant funds and additional support from Instructional and Technology Resources. The upgrade is scheduled to take place in June 2004. The upgrade of the software and operating system will allow for a more current and more efficient instructional environment.
 
The goal for the near future is to have all of the Digital Media Lab computers at the various work stations the same; the scan stations and the student work stations should all be using the same operating system and the same software versions, all of the computer stations should have CD burning capabilities, which will create a more fluid transition from scan stations to computer work stations. The lab needs to acquire three more eMacs and use the instructor eMac to meet this need. The instructor station should be upgraded to a Macintosh G5 with Dual 2GHz, 2GBs of RAM and a Super drive (or equivalent based on the current technology available). The instructor monitor should be an Apple 23” flat panel for demonstration purposes. The student computers should all be upgraded to 1G of RAM. We need to purchase a new, standard format, flatbed scanner to replace the remaining SCSI scanner. We need to purchase two larger format and archival printers such as the Epson 2200 and Epson 4000 or Epson 7600. We need to also be prepared to replace the small color inkjet printers in the near future as the C80s and 820s wear out. We need to purchase Digital Media Lab supplies for finished image mounting and matting such as; mat knives, self-healing mat cutting boards, rulers, a straight edge and a paper cutter. The Digital Media Lab office needs a computer chair and an updated PC computer.
 
Goals for 2006/2007 will include a rollover of the Digital Media Lab computers. We will need to upgrade all 25 of the computers to Macintosh G5s with Dual 2GHz, 2GBs of RAM and combo drives (or equivalent based on the current technology available and the current needs of the courses offered) with 20” Apple flat panel monitors for each of the student work stations and two 23” Apple flat panel monitors for the instructor station in preparation for the move to the new Digital Arts building in 2007. The new Digital Media Lab computer stations will increase to 36 stations which will be adding eleven more computer stations to accommodate the expected increase in enrollment by 2007 and the separate office instructor computer. We also may be interested in pursuing wireless possibilities depending on the current trends and funding. We will plan to have a local network and server to allow for a more efficient, secure and effective teaching environment. The printing needs will increase and require the purchase of an Epson 9600 or comparable large-format printer. Future technology trends will most likely dictate a need for a Flat panel television for instructional use by 2007. The old Wacom tablets will need to be replaced. A new operating system and new or upgraded software will need to be purchased.
 
In addition to the above the new equipment purchases will include equipment and materials for the small studio area in the new Digital Arts building adjacent to the Digital Media Lab computer area. The studio area will allow for exploration beyond the confines of the strictly computer generated digital image. We will be purchasing an etching press for various water-based print making possibilities to explore a more diverse range of artistic devices for computer/print image manipulation. This area of the lab will also have many hands-on media options for further investigation of the print image possibilities.
 
Curriculum Impact
The Art Department was successful in securing State approval for the new Digital Media, Area of Emphasis, for the AA Degree in Art in 2003. The new area of emphasis, with all of the Digital Media courses taught in the Digital Media Lab, encompasses digital imaging, digital graphics, digital photography and digital screen/web design. Students are currently in line to achieve the Digital Media, Area of Emphasis, AA Degree in 2004. Enrollment has increased in the courses offered in the Digital Media Lab and we anticipate a more pronounced increase in the future with the completion of the new Digital Arts building. Technology along with proficient instruction is the foundation for this area of emphasis. The courses are all taught using the computer as the primary artistic tool. The current industry and educational standards of hardware, software and peripheral equipment must be maintained to allow for the students to graduate prepared to be successful in their future endeavor for higher education or for their subsequent employment.
 

Approximate Number of Students Served
The Digital Media Lab offers classes six days a week and in the evenings. We have gone from 240 students a semester / 480 students a year to 300 students a semester / 600 students a year.
 
Support Impact
The lack of a full-time faculty position remains the major support issue. The Digital Media Lab is presently managed by an adjunct teacher/manager with .2 reassigned time and two non-academic employees with 3-6 hours per week time allotted for technical assistance. It is imperative that a full-time faculty member be hired to; maintain the lab equipment and supplies on a daily basis, coordinate and interface with the growing number of student’s and adjunct instructor’s needs, expand the out reach efforts between the college and the local high schools, pursue transfer options for higher levels of education, provide for continuity and consistency within the curriculum, mentor new adjunct instructors and research and maintain the latest Technology possible for the lab.
 
We are anticipating the purchase of a local network and server for the classroom in the new Digital Arts building in 2007 to allow for a more efficient and effective teaching and learning environment.
 
The new and expanded Macintosh labs in the new Digital Arts building will increase the number of Macintosh computers on campus and will no doubt require full time Macintosh support on campus.

Year 1 (2004-2005)

Objective
Our objective continues to be as stated in the past tech plans: To provide access to computer tools common in the contemporary artist’s studio, graphic and communication industry workplace as well as to create a working environment similar to the various transfer institutions throughout the state that recognizes the importance of digital media within the visual arts. Maintenance of the software library and timely upgrades of the hardware is imperative to meet these objectives.
 
Action to Meet Objective 

  • Hire a full time faculty member to manage the area due to the new Digital Media Area of Emphasis; the increased enrollment, the interface required with other departments, the nearly daily monitoring of technical issues with the Instructional Technology Resources, the input and output of the laboratory for approximately a dozen instructors and over 300 students, the mentoring of the adjunct instructors and the maintenance of a consistent and superior curriculum.
  • Purchase one Epson 4870 scanner to allow one of the 2450 scanners to become an object scanner which will replace the remaining old SCSI device HP scanner.
  • Purchase one Epson 2200 printer for archival and slightly larger format printing.
  • Purchase hands-on image matting and mounting equipment such as; mat knives, rulers, straight edges, self-healing mat cutting boards, a paper cutter etc.
  • Purchase three more eMacs to establish all of the student work stations with the same computer, software and CD burning capabilities.
  • Purchase 1G of RAM for each eMAC to upgrade each computer with sufficient RAM for large image file creation.
  • Upgrade the instructor work station to a Power Macintosh G5 with Dual 2GHz, 1GB of RAM with a Super drive and an Apple 23” flat screen monitor for demonstration purposes.
  • Purchase Corel Painter licenses for 21 computers and possible Alias’ Maya for 3D rendering courses.
  • Purchase two new card/chip readers.
  • Purchase a mat cutter
  • Purchase a paper cutter
  • Purchase a larger format printer such as the Epson 4000 or 7600 for advanced students to have the opportunity to produce larger images.
  • Purchase two rolling printer carts.
  • Upgrade the office chair to a current standard computer chair.
  • Upgrade the office PC to a more current computer.
     

 
Year 2 (2005-2006)

Objective
Our objective continues to be as stated in past tech plans: To provide access to computer tools common in the contemporary artist’s studio, graphic and communication industry workplace.. Maintenance of the software library and timely upgrades of the hardware is imperative to meet these objectives.
 
Action to Meet Objective

  • Any actions that have not been achieved from the list above to meet the Objectives of the Year 2004 – 2005 plan.
  • Roll over of the lab, replacing all 25 computers with Macintosh G5s with Dual 2GHz, 2GBs of RAM, combo drives and Airport Extreme cards (or equivalent based on the current technology available and the current needs of the courses offered).
  • Purchase 24 Apple 20” flat panel monitors in preparation for the limited space in the new Digital Arts building classroom.
  • Purchase one Apple 23” flat panel monitor for the instructor station.
  • Purchase replacement small inkjet printers as needed.
  • Purchase replacements for the Wacom tablets in a larger size and increase the number to 25.
  • Purchase two new digital cameras of higher resolution with various
    lens options.

Year 3 (2006-2007)

Updated September 2006

Objective
Our objective continues to be as stated in past Tech Plans: To provide access to computer tools common in the contemporary artist’s studio, graphic and communication industry workplace… Maintenance of the software library and timely upgrades of the hardware is imperative to meet these objectives

 Action to Meet Objective
Hire a full time faculty member to manage the area due to the new Digital Media Area of Emphasis; the increased enrollment, the interface required with other departments, the monitoring of technical issues with the Instructional Computing Systems, the input and output of the laboratory for approximately a dozen instructors and over 300 students, the mentoring of the adjunct instructors and the maintenance of a consistent and superior curriculum.

Hire a full time Macintosh lab technician for the new Digital Arts Building.

Establish a permanent general supply fund to support instructional supplies for DMAC. At the present time the supply funds are supported by student abatement fees. DMAC has for more than ten years run on a temporary basis.

Establish permanent funds to support the manager and technician positions for DMAC.

Upgrade all the current eMac computers to 1G of RAM to allow the Digital Photography students to be able to work with RAW camera files which is essential to the current Digital Photography program. This is imperative if the computer rollover for the new building is delayed until some time in 2007.

Replace 4 iMac computers with 4 eMac computers at the scan stations so that all of the computer workstations in the lab will be consistent.

A rollover will take place, as soon as possible, of all existing Macintosh computers to Pro Macintosh computers plus eventual ten additional computers to complete the requirements for the new classroom.

Provide an efficient network computer system in the new classroom.

Purchase a local server for the new Digital Arts Building.

Purchase Color Calibration software for the classroom computers.

Purchase an Artist's press and the necessary accessories and supplies for the studio/lab area of the new classroom.

Software and maintenance packages will need to be upgrade in 2007/2008.

Purchase an Epson 4800 Stylus Pr, 17 inch, color printer and stand for the new classroom to work along with the recently purchased Epson 4000 to handle all student color print output. This will allow for replacing all of the old C80 and 820 personal printers in use since 2002.

Purchase an up-to-date, high resolution, 48 bit scanner to allow for optimum film scan capabilities for the new classroom. This scanner will be used in the new building in conjunction with the current 4870 scanner and other older models for object scanning.

Purchase a print drying rack for the new classroom to provide efficient drying space for the student's color prints.

Purchase an updated Digital Projector to replace the previous model for the new classroom to provide better quality demonstration and instruction capabilities.

Purchase current educational DVDs on the subject of composition, design elements and color theory as well as specific artists and specific applications for enhanced classroom instruction.

Purchase additional Wacom Intuos 3 electronic drawing tablets according to the additional number of student work stations in the new classroom.

Purchase four updated digital cameras for limited student use.

Purchase traditional art media supplies for the new studio/lab classroom in the new Digital Arts building, such as; paints, brushes, pastels, water base etching plates, linoleum blocks etc.

Purchase a new PC computer and monitor for the office to allow the manager to access IFAS in the new digital art building.

Purchase a new printer/copier for the office in the new digital art building.

 


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