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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.

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 (1-2 Business days), 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.

Workshops

The Media Teaching Lab offers a variety of one hour, single-session workshops. For Winter Quarter 2022, they will be taught on Fridays only, Weeks 5-7. 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 all students who attend MUST WEAR MASKS. Due to Covid, attendance will now be capped at 10 students, because of this we advise students arrive early. 

Services

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.

Faculty

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

For more detailed information, please see our general policies.

Facilities

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. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 5 p.m. Reserve equipment online.
  • Ten Video Editing Suites
  • Media Transfer Room
  • Sound Editing Suite
  • TV and Film Production Studios

Location

Equipment Checkout Room

Media Center/Communication Bldg (MCC), room 111
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
(858) 534-4635

Media Teaching Lab Office

Media Center/Communication Bldg (MCC), room 251
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Meet the Media Teaching Lab's staff.

Map & Directions

Equipment and Media Resources

Facilities:

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.

FAQ

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.

What about digital projectors?

Students: 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: contact Audio Visual Services for any in-class projection needs.

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.

Are there production studios on campus?

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. 

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

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: https://lablookup.ucsd.edu/

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

Contact Audio Visual Services.