Zayed University’s Dubai du Lab It was back in October 2010 when du’s CEO Osman Sultan and Zayed University had a vision to create a learning environment through technology. Later on in the spring/summer of 2011 a group of faculty and staff from the CCMS College began to design a plan of what to include in the lab and how they wanted it to look like with the help of Zayed University Media Initiative staff, designers, and broadcast engineering firms. By December 2011, the lab was completed and ready to be used. The du lab is made up of 3 areas that are separated by a glass wall. The first area is the reception area. The reception area is where you will find a student sitting in the reception desk to help anyone who comes into the du lab. Behind the reception desk is the check-‐in and checkout room. In this room students and faculty can find 10 new Panasonic video cameras, 10 Marantz audio recorders, 10 Nikon D90 still cameras, 30 new microphones, lighting kits, and tripods. Before checking out any item you have to sign a form encase the item was damaged. The second area is the multimedia lab (classroom). This area includes 20 movable triangle tables, each has its own mac laptop with the latest soft wares. These triangle tables can be put together as one or separated to form different seating patterns. Also, in this area there are two audio booths. One can fit 2 people, and the other fits one person. This audio booth is sound proof and quite, perfect for audio recording. The third area is the professional television studio. The TV studio contains an interview set, a news set (for news casts), lights, acoustic fiber glass paneling on the walls to absorb sound and to control the echo in the room, vinyl flooring was also added to make the floor smoother for the cameras to move easily without making any noise. At the moment the du lab is used for three classes, which are media storytelling 1(com210), new media (com280), video and audio production (com321). The lab is also being used by HHS Majid Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum’s office to shoot a short 1-‐minute video. The College of Communication and Media Sciences is hoping for this lab to not only to be used by Zayed University’s students and faculty, but also be used by external organizations.
Hopefully this amazing lab will provide all CCMS students with all the necessities needed for them to produce the best work they can whether it was in photography, television, or radio, and to also inspire and motivate them to work harder. “I hope the du multimedia lab and television studio will become a focal point for the college and all of its specializations and our students”-‐ Dr. Renee Everett.