Every aspiring journalist, TV presenter, film director, PR practitioner and media critic knows the importance of having the right tools to get the job done. Fortunately, here at the University of Newcastle, we Communications students are lucky as the university has kindly provided us with the ICT Building, known by all non-Communications students as ‘Where? Oh, that white building that sits on top of the multistorey car park’.
That’s okay, we’re happy to keep it our secret. But in case you do want to come along and see what all the fuss is about, yes, it is located on top of the multistorey car park near the main entrance of the university.
What you might find:
The television studio is equipped with a full lighting setup, a green screen, several other backdrops (don’t ask me what they do – I study PR) and all the other fancy equipment we need to give our videos that professional touch. Occasionally, we let pesky students (jokes) from other areas of the uni come in and use our studio for still photography, which it is also fully equipped for. The other day I had the privilege to see a video production class working together to film a music clip for a local band. I couldn’t believe how much work goes into producing only a few minutes of footage and how many different roles there are to be filled within the a studio’s production team.
A highlight for the Communications students studying radio is programming your own radio show and broadcasting live to air on the uni’s digital station; 2NUR-FM. Like the television facilities, the radio studio is fully functioning to a professional standard. Other parts of the audio setup within the ICT building include a soundproof recording studio where students are able to record tracks from local bands as part of their assessment, and a digital mixing studio; where a lot of the audio production takes place.
We all know that Martin Scorsese and his editing director didn’t achieve cinematic brilliance in a room filled with 20 other people editing their own projects at the same time. This is why there a multiple private editing booths available for student use in the ICT building. My tip: Be sure to book them out in advance when you know assessment tasks are due.
The ICT Building is equipped with several Mac computer labs. These are used in tutorials to teach students practical skills such as editing and web page construction. Students are also welcome to use the labs when classes are not scheduled.
Dream up the perfect idea for your next assessment task in the white-pebbled courtyards, then go inside and make it happen! Enough said.