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The Media Teaching Lab

The Media Teaching Lab offers a wide variety of equipment available for use in photography, video, film, and audio production.

Coronavirus Closure Status as of September 28, 2020:

Due to the COVID-19 virus, the Media Teaching Lab's on-campus facilities will provide limited services. Closures include the equipment checkout room, our editing suites and studios, as well as our main office. Please do not attempt to use our facilities during this time.

Media students, the equipment checkout services will be open via curbside pickup. Please review our policies for more information about registration and equipment acquisition here:

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at:

The UCSD Media Teaching Lab is dedicated to providing outstanding media production facilities, equipment, and technical assistance to UC San Diego undergraduate and graduate students.

The Media Teaching Lab has a wide variety of equipment available for use in photography, video, film, and audio production. This includes high end cinema cameras, DSLR's, camcorders, light kits, audio recorders, mixers and microphones, as well as the ancillary equipment and tools used in media production.

In addition to the equipment that students are able to check out, the Media Teaching Lab offers one hour technical workshops that are open to the entire UCSD community. These workshops span a range of levels and topics, introducing students to the various cameras and equipment we have at the facility, as well as video and audio editing, color correction, stop motion animation, lighting techniques, and audio recording, to name a few. For more information, please see our calendar of workshops below.

Online Workshops and Tutorials

For how-to videos and instructions on media production topics, please visit the Media Teaching Lab Canvas page.

Equipment Checkout

To begin using the equipment checkout facility you must go through a one-time online registration process:

First Time Registration

After your registration has been processed (24 hrs), you may view and reserve equipment online:

Reserve Equipment

* See the equipment use policy for information about eligibility, how to check out media equipment, and limitations.


The Media Teaching Lab offers a variety of one hour, single-session workshops. They are taught each quarter from Week 2 to Week 6, on Thursdays and Fridays only. Below is a schedule of upcoming topics. Select a workshop title to view more information about the class. Any UCSD student is welcome to attend. No reservations are necessary, but please be aware that space is limited and arriving 15 minutes early is recommended. 

 View the workshop schedule as a PDF here


Media Undergraduates and Graduate Researchers

The Media Teaching Lab offers media production equipment, facilities, and educational workshops free of charge to students enrolled in official media production classes and graduate students using media in their research.

Non-Media Undergraduates and Graduate Researchers

A selection of equipment is offered for checkout to undergraduate and graduate students who are using media production components as part of a course assignment or research project. See our flyer of equipment available for general population students, here


Assistance is available to faculty who require students to integrate media components into course assignments.

For more detailed information, please see our general policies.


The Media Teaching Lab offers production studios and editing bays in the Media Center/Communications building (MCC).

View the facilities use policy for more information about reserving media facilities.

Equipment Checkout Room 111 (located downstairs)
Open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Reserve equipment online.
10 Video Editing Suites
Media Transfer Room
Sound Editing Suite
TV and Film Production Studios


Equipment Checkout Room

Media Center/Communication Bldg (MCC), room 111
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(858) 534-4635

Media Teaching Lab Office

Media Center/Communication Bldg (MCC), room 251
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Meet the Media Teaching Lab's staff.

Map & Directions

Social Media

Check the Media Teaching Lab Tumblr for media news and workshop information.

Or follow us on Instagram!

Equipment and Media Resources


UCSD has four main facilities for supporting the various populations on campus who are working with media. 

  • The Media Teaching Lab provides equipment and production facilities to undergraduate and graduate students.
  • ITS Multimedia Services provides support for faculty needing to produce media for instructional purposes.
  • Audio Visual Services manage in-class equipment such as projectors, and provide AV support for events.
  • UCSD Library Digital Media Lab is a space in Geisel Library for faculty, staff, and students, with computer stations for media production, and facilities such as 3-D printers.


  1. Where can I borrow a video camera?

    Students, the Media Teaching Lab has equipment available to all UCSD students including still cameras, digital cameras, tripods, lights, and audio recording equipment.

    Faculty, please visit ITS Multimedia Services. They have a production kit available for free loan, as well on-site production facilities such as STUDIO U, available on a recharge basis.  Your department may also have additional equipment available to you.

  2. What about digital projectors?

    Students, please visit the Media Teaching Lab. There are a few projectors available for students regardless of class enrollment on a first come, first served basis. There are additional projectors available for students enrolled in media classes who are using them for coursework or installation. 

    Faculty, please contact Audio Visual Services for any in-class projection needs.

  3. Where can I borrow a dongle or adapter for my computer to use with a projector?

    UCSD Library Digital Media Lab in Geisel Library has dongles and adapters available for loan for anyone at UCSD.

  4. Are there production studios on campus?

    For Students, the Media Teaching Lab has two studios with lighting grids and various backdrops as well as a sound booth that are available to any student on campus regardless of class enrollment. 

    For Faculty
    , ITS Multimedia Services has studios available for the production of materials related to instruction.

  5.  Where can I find a lab with Media Production software, such as the Adobe Suite.

    The UCSD Library Digital Media Lab in Geisel Library has stations with the Adobe Suite installed, available to students, faculty and staff.

    The Media Teaching Lab has editing suites available to students only, with a wide variety of production software including the Adobe Suite, Avid Media Composer, DaVinci Resolve, Pro Tools and Reason. You must be currently enrolled in a media production class to reserve these rooms, but any student who is registered with the Media Teaching Lab can use them on a walk-in basis. 

    Other departments and colleges may additionally have labs available to their students:

  6. How can I obtain media services such as amplified sound, videotaping, or photography for an upcoming event?

    Contact Audio Visual Services.