The Department of Media Study, housed in the Center for the Arts with the departments of Art and Theatre and Dance, provides state-of-the-art facilities and equipment that give students hands-on experience with the latest gear and best practices available.

Equipment & Facilities:

The Department of Media Study offers access to a range of tools and devices integral to the practice of media arts. As the field of media arts grows, Media Study’s services and toolset has also expanded. Student have access to “traditional” film/video/audio production equipment including an array of professional- and pro-sumer-level digital video cameras; sync- and non-sync 16mm and Super-8 film cameras; audio recorders; directional and omnidirectional wired and wireless microphones; tripod systems, dollies, lighting kits, grip accessories; field monitors; presentation equipment including film and video projectors and media players; and many additional production accessories. In addition, the department offers access to devices, tools, and software essential to fields of mobile media production, interactive installation, physical computing, sensing, and more. Hardware includes: microcomputers (Raspberry Pi) and microprocessors (Arduino); ieee1394 compliant digital video, analogue video, frame grabbers, cmucams/webcams, mobile devices, sensors (bend, touch, light, motion, sound, 1/2D acceleration, temperature), various electronic components (cmos, ttl), breadboards, various motor types and sizes (servo, dc, stepper), various power supplies (linear regulated, fixed), soldering irons, diagnostic tools. Technical staff are available to students and staff to assist in problem solving and troubleshooting year-round. The equipment is assessed and upgraded yearly, insuring that students have continued access to technologies at the forefront of contemporary media making. View our equipment list here. View Lab 246 inventory here (.pdf).

Equipment Room Hours & Location:

Center for the Arts, UB North Campus, Room 237
Click here for map to the CFA
Tel: 716 645-6904

  • MONDAY – THURSDAY: 8:30 to 5:30
  • FRIDAY: 9:00 to 5:00
  • CLOSED DAILY FROM 1:00 to 1:30


Production labs

  • Media Study provides access to over 50 computer stations across multiple labs with various OS platforms for video production, programming, web, and more. These include:
    • CFA Lab 242: 9 Windows OS, VR-compatible (Oculus Rift, HTC Vive) computer stations for Game Design, Game Studies, programming, VR
    • CFA Lab 244: 22 iMac computers for multimedia creation, programming, web design, graphics; software includes Adobe Creative Cloud
    • CFA Lab 270: Graduate student editing lab; includes (2) editing stations with Adobe CC, Protools, mixers, etc.
    • CFA Lab 281: 16mm Film Editing: 6 and 8 plate Steenbeck flatbed editors, rewind benches, J-K Optical Printer with Regular-8, Super-8, and 16mm gates,
    • CFA Lab 284: Audio Lab with ProTools, Logic, various audio creation tools
    • CFA Lab 290: 13 Digital Video Editing Stations (Mac) with Adobe Creative Cloud, Logic, ProTools +
    • Crosby Hall 201: The “Sensing Lab” for physical computing equipped with computers for programming, MakerBot 3D printer, Volterra V-One Circuit Board Printer, projection and large-screen display, and an array of electronics, microprocessors, and sensing components for design and prototype of projects.

Classrooms/Screening Rooms:

  • 2 x Small Screening Rooms (232/235; Seats ~30) with multiple source A/V system with 4000+ lumens native 1080p HD projectors
  • 1 x Large Screening Room (112; Seats 220) with stage, equipped with 5000+ lumens native 1080p HD video projection, 35mm/16mm/S8 film projection, networked presentation PC, PA system (wired and wireless), lectern, lighting presets
  • 1 x Production Classroom/Soundstage with Lighting Grid (286)
  • 1 x Production Studio with Chroma-Key Cyclo Wall, Lighting Grid (278)
  • 1 x Project Space: a bare space for testing or installation of media projects (246)
  • Multiple Mobile Presentation stations

Community Resources and Support Programs:

Part of what makes Media Study at UB unique are our numerous resources within the university itself and the city of Buffalo. Students not only have access to our labs and equipment, but also benefit vocationally and artistically from our strong ties to professional organizations within Buffalo. Outside of UB, Media Study has strong working relationships (and sponsors internships) with nearby media and cultural organizations including the Buffalo Bills, C.E.P.A.Gallery, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Squeaky Wheel/Buffalo Media Resources, and numerous television stations and production houses. Students will also gain from supervision by the Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, benefit from university services and resources, and have access to all university libraries, including Lockwood library for research materials and VCRs. The Silverman Multimedia Collections & Services on the third floor of Capen Hall is another excellent resource for students. The Department of Media Study also features its own collection of more than 1,000 videos, films, and DVDs for students to view and study.