When the new creative digital media center at the Highland Campus fully opens, an interdisciplinary Creative Collaborative Labs Network will bring together students/classes across as many as thirteen departments in the Arts & Digital Media & Communications Division (ADMC) and beyond.

This “Creative Co-Labs” program is designed to evolve current connections and build rich new intersections across disciplines virtually and in designated physical labs/creative studios to promote, enhance, and support creative collaboration.

For example, imagine the final results an interdisciplinary “co-lab” (re: collaboration) at its simplest between an RTF Filmmaking Class, a Technical Theater Set Design Class, and a Music Technology Production Class. Between class weeks 4-8, the technical theater class practices set building with a set for use on a film class project. During weeks 12-15, the music students work with the RTF students on music for the film. During these overlaps, students learn skills across disciplines while enhancing each individual class. More complex collaborations will lead to other forms of projects, such as transmedia stories which extend across classes or multidisciplinary work on a single immersive media extended reality project!

As planning/work continues to include department, faculty and industry-driven partnerships, beginning in Spring 2021, students can begin to use an integrated new tool for student-driven collaborations (co-labs) called the “Creative Co-Labs Connect.” Keep an eye out then for more on how this system will foster cross-disciplinary creative development through collaboration.