Facilities

The facilities of the Department of Art & Design are state of the art and completely up-to-date. Studios and the Macintosh Lab are located in Roncalli Hall on the second floor.

Macintosh Lab

The Art & Design Department’s Macintosh Lab contains the very latest models of Apple iMacs. The lab consists of twenty newly installed workstations. All units are fully integrated into the university’s network and completely accessible to all students. All workstations are loaded with the latest versions of the Adobe Creative Cloud, the industry standard in Digital Design. In addition, there are workstations with specialized software for individualized tasks, plus large format, flatbed scanners, two professional quality, large format Epson printers, and a dedicated wireless network. The department has also added a complement of iPads and Wacom drawing tablets that are available for use by students.

The Macintosh Lab is the smartest of our “smart classrooms.” Through the use of a 75” 4K Samsung monitor and an 80” Sharp HD monitor, Apple TVs, Apple Remote Desktop software and the ability to target your laptop to the desktop workstations, we are able to accomplish amazing integration of technology with learning. The department also has all the necessary hardware and software to support projects in the new Adobe Digital Publishing Suite for mobile device magazine development. The new Adobe Digital Publishing Suite and mobile iOS devices have become an integral part of Digital Design at Sacred Heart University. While we encourage students to own their own mobile iOS devices, the department has a stock of iPads that are available to any student working in areas like mobile design development.

Mobile Computing

Students are given a great deal of guidance when seeking advice on which laptops to purchase for their studies. Naturally if they already own a laptop, they may use it, however they are required purchase a subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud software. With the continued enthusiastic support of the College and the University, the Department of Art & Design is able to fully support studies in aesthetics and professional practices with a complete set of the identical professional digital design tools. All Graphic Design courses are supported by a state-of-the-art Macintosh lab facility with the latest hardware and software, along with a dedicated full time Apple Certified Technology Manager providing personalized support exclusively to Art & Design students.

Studios

There are five separate studios in the art building, each dedicated to a single purpose.

The graphic design studios are dedicated to graphic design classes outside of the Mac Lab. The Department of Art & Design emphasizes learning the art of design beginning with fundamentals courses. The graphic design studios are used for discussions, lectures, critiques, and with the entire campus being wireless, it is a very popular spot to work while using your MacBook Pro (our current model), or any laptop computer in conjunction with the requisite hand skills required in graphic design.

The illustration studio is the dedicated studio for illustration and color theory. There are twenty work stations, a wall of flat files for storing your work, matting facilities, and, of course, music. For more than a decade students in illustration classes have produced work from this studio that has been accepted by the nation’s premier student illustration showcases: The Society of Illustrator's Shows in both New York and Los Angeles.

The painting and figure drawing studio is dedicated for use by our painting and figure drawing classes. There are three different types of lighting systems available plus a fantastic exposure of natural light through one entire wall of windows. The courses concentrate on oil painting and drawing of live models and still life work, and they are a part of every art major's experience at Sacred Heart University.

The foundations studio is used by all of the foundation level courses: Drawing I, Visual Organization, 3D Drawing, and 3D Design. It is ideal for foundation courses with drawing and work stations surrounding a central area for a still life. The room has extraordinary natural light plus a dual lighting system and portable spot lights.

Virtual Training

As part of the department’s efforts to provide the very best resources available for learning software, multiple licenses are available for using the leading online training lessons of lynda.com; essential online training for student use. Software training and answers to any questions are at your disposal 24/7 and from anywhere in the world.