Collegiate fees pay in part for these facilities:
The College of Design Computer Labs
The College of Design has two computer lab locations (St. Paul and Minneapolis) with a total of seven labs and classrooms. The fee supports 200+ hours of lab attendant services per week: one full-time manager, one info tech professional and up to 20 student lab attendants as well as lab equipment including computers and scanners. Students and faculty have access to over 200 computers. The fee underwrites specialized application software including Adobe, Autodesk, ArcGIS, and OptiTex. The combined locations provide students with access to four high-quality color printers along with five color plotters, a large format scanner, four flat-bed scanners, a textile printer and a photo printer. Students are charged a discounted fee for actual printouts. This charge for printing and plotting offsets the cost of consumables and printer equipment not covered by the Collegiate Fee.
The W. L. Hall Workshop and DigiFabLabThe fee supports one full-time manager and three 75% assistants. Students have access to the equipment, facilities, and instruction from workshop staff which enables the execution and enrichment of their education experience. The Workshop provides a full complement of power and hand tools for the manipulation of wood and related media and a limited selection of equipment for the working of metals and other materials. It also provides state of the art digital fabrication equipment. Workshop staff provides user assistance, training, and supervision, while offering users an extensive knowledge of materials, tools, processes, and safety.
The Imaging LabThe fee supports professional photographers (1.5 FTE), student employees, and specialized photographic equipment. The Imaging Lab provides students with the resources and support to work with digital and film photography within a studio setting as well as the equipment to record and edit both digital and VHS video. The Imaging Lab is staffed daily to educate and assist students and faculty with a wide variety of technological resources they may use within their coursework and classes. The lab's staff is available for consultation about photographic problems and will provide advice and equipment where needed to help CDes students photograph their own work.
Student ServicesThe fee supports one full time staff and operational expenses dedicated to college-to-career programming. Career-related activities and programs for undergraduate and graduate students include the mentor program and various career preparation events (portfolio critiques, tours to firms/organizations, and professional panels). The staff member is the liaison to the Career and Internship Services Center (formerly St. Paul Campus Career Center) and advises the College of Design Student and Alumni Board, in partnership with Alumni Relations.
The Goldstein Museum of Design (GMD)The fee partially supports GMD's professional staff. GMD organizes free exhibitions in Gallery 241 (McNeal Hall) and HGA Gallery (Rapson Hall) and is a resource for object-based teaching and learning. Students and faculty have access by appointment or online to GMD's collection of over 31,000 objects. GMD provides training in museum practices for undergraduate students as gallery staff and graduate students as collection and communication assistants. GMD also offers an annual paid collection internship for a Design graduate student.