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New Media Center Gives SLCC Students Hands On Experience

Salt Lake Community College

Salt Lake Community College students, studying to be the next great cartoonist, radio reporter or graphic designer now have the opportunity to get a more real-world; hands-on education at SLCC’s new building for the School of Arts, Communication & New Media,   The state of the art facility opened this fall on the South City Campus. 

In the new media center, students taking an advanced audio course are learning how to superimpose sounds like doors closing or floors creaking onto a film that’s already been made.

This is Nicole Brown’s last semester at SLCC and she’s excited to spend some time in these new facilities.

“Before I guess it was kind of all theory. And so now you get to touch things,” Brown says. “You get to actually work with it.”

Communications instructor Tyler Smith says the new 40 seat movie theater with film editing capabilities gives film students the Hollywood experience.

“Doing something like checking color and audio in a room that simulates a real theatre, because it is a real theater, allows students to see what it’s going to look like in a final mode,” Smith says.

The building houses 17 programs, a digital audio recording studio a TV studio and more.

Richard Scott, interim dean of the school says most of the programs were already offered at other SLCC locations. But now they’re more rigorous, innovative and all under one roof.

“Our students can walk from an animation lab into a film lab and from there into a video lab or a sound lab and those things can feed each other,” Scott says. “So there is a synergy that’s developing that’s going to be extraordinarily exciting.”

The school broke ground on the media center in January 2010 and finished in August at a cost $45 million.  

Whittney Evans grew up southern Ohio and has worked in public radio since 2005. She has a communications degree from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, where she learned the ropes of reporting, producing and hosting. Whittney moved to Utah in 2009 where she became a reporter, producer and morning host at KCPW. Her reporting ranges from the hyper-local issues affecting Salt Lake City residents, to state-wide issues of national interest. Outside of work, she enjoys playing the guitar and getting to know the breathtaking landscape of the Mountain West.
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