Facilities & equipment
Graphic Design students have access to three computer labs with state-of-the-art iMac and Mac Pro computers. All the computers are networked to the Watkins server, which allows students backup and transfer capabilities. This also provides students with access to all their project files and materials, regardless of which lab they are working in. Our computer and software resources allow students to master the relevant tools and technologies needed to communicate effectively through print, web, interactive, and multimedia design.
Lab 205 is outfitted with 15 student iMac workstations featuring 27″ 16:9 widescreen LED-backlit glossy displays with 2560px by 1440px resolution, 2.7GHz quad-core processor, 4GB of memory, 1TB hard drive, and a Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch Tablet. Software: Apple Snow Leopard 10.6.8, Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 and 4 (Photoshop, InDesign, Flash, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Acrobat), Microsoft Office 2011, and Corel Painter 12. An additional iMac instructor station is connected to an Optoma 1080p high-definition overhead projector.
Lab 201 is outfitted with 15 student MacPro workstations featuring 20″ Matte LCD Cinema Display monitors with 1680px x 1050px resolution, 2.66 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors, 4GB of memory, a 250 GB hard drive, and a Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch Tablet. Software: Apple Leopard 10.5.8, Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 and 4 (Photoshop, InDesign, Flash, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Acrobat), and Microsoft Office 2004. An additional iMac instructor station is connected to an Optoma 1080p high definition overhead projector.
Lab 411A is outfitted with 15 student iMac workstations featuring 27″ 16:9 widescreen LED-backlit glossy displays with 2560px by 1440px resolution, 3.2GHz Intel Core i3, 4GB of memory, and a 1TB hard drive. Software: Adobe Creative Suite 4 (Photoshop, InDesign, Flash, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Acrobat), and Microsoft Office 2004.
All graphic design students have access to two Epson Expression 10000 XL scanners with 2400px x 4800px optical resolution, 48-bit color depth, 16-bit grayscale, and 50 percent to 200 percent zoom.
Scanning surface for originals up to 12.2 by 17.2 inches. Students also can use aFlextight X1 Transparency that provides negative and positive film and transparency scanning.
To make sure printed pieces look as professional as possible, all students have access to a variety of printers (most of which are networked to the computers in the labs). These printers provide high-quality prints up to 36″ x 48″ (and more), resulting in professional-looking mockups for student projects and portfolio pieces.
- Canon ImagePress C1+, BW / Color, Letter to 13″ x 19″
- Ricoh AficioMP C4501, BW / Color, Letter, Legal, and Tabloid
- HP Color LaserJet 5550n, BW / Color, Tabloid
- HP Color LaserJet CP4005dn, BW / Color, Letter
- LaserJet 5200tn, BW, Letter and Tabloid
- Ricoh Aficio MP W2400, BW, 18″ x 24″ to 36″ x 48″ or more
- Epson Stylus Pro 9890, Color, Large format 44″
- Epson Stylus Pro 9800, Color, Large format
- Epson Stylus Pro 7800, Matte Black, Large format
Not only do the computer labs have the best and newest technologies, they are also set up in a manner conducive to learning. Instead of setting up desks in rows, the Watkins computer labs have workstations lining the perimeters of the rooms. This makes room for worktables in the centers of the rooms where students and professors can gather to discuss projects, review thumbnails, and give LCD lectures. The open format rooms also make it easier for teachers to interact with each student and address their needs one-on-one.
All graphic design studios provide additional resources in the form of type sample books, Pantone swatch books, design annuals, stock photo books with CDs, magazines, paper samples, and paper swatch books.
Other resources include an extensive periodicals collection in the library, which carries the latest issues of such industry standard publications as Communication Arts and Print as well as European publications such as UK’s Baseline. The graphic design section of the library contains many volumes on topics ranging from the history of design to current web design techniques. The library is continually updated with newly released books providing design students with a convenient and valuable resource.