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Capital University's Convergent Media Center
Take a deliberate step into the future of higher education. Capital University’s Convergent Media Center (CMC) is a collaborative environment for faculty and students from current areas of study — ranging from communication and music, to electronic media, film, creative writing and more — to organically mingle and positively impact one another. Features such as active learning classrooms extend the site’s benefits to additional areas of study, including those that have traditionally relied on a lecture-based approach.
Convergence continues outside of the classroom and the campus. The CMC is an invitation to strategic partnerships — private and non-profit — that enhance Capital's mission and its contributions to community and the Common Good. Collaborating with local companies on real-world issues that impact businesses, and emergent societal challenges that impact neighborhoods and quality of life will adapt the way courses are structured and will better prepare students for entering the job market.
– President Beth Paul
Designed to complement existing architecture on the Bexley campus, the CMC is an open-concept, collegiate Gothic-style structure designed to spark collaboration and interaction. Facing outward along College Avenue with three distinctive levels, this space will enhance opportunities for interdisciplinary work, with engaging classrooms, state-of-the-art media labs and numerous common gathering spots where students and faculty will interact.
The lower level features a professional recording studio and digital art and design laboratories — spaces where creativity and technical proficiencies combine. From audio and media production to live sound, video production and multimedia and web development, there’s no limit to what our students can accomplish.
Skills-building space, where active learning is the focus, is an important element of the CMC. Students will have easy access to industry-standard equipment, in laboratories created specifically for audio recording and mixing, video and film editing, visual and print media production, and digital design.
The first floor is designated for those interested in careers in video production, media and the creative industries — radio, television, film, the visual, technical and performing arts. A professional television studio and radio station anchor the first-floor space. A large classroom that doubles as performance space and student collaboration space rounds out the main level.
In addition to active-learning classrooms and common spaces, the first floor will house studios for WXCU, Capital's student-run radio station; a work room, control room and TV studio for CapTV; event space for student publications such as The Chimes, ReCap, and Epistimi; and a unified student-media work group space.
Faculty offices, small conference rooms and seminar classrooms comprise the second floor. All spaces that encourage student-faculty interaction and foster the close mentoring relationships that define the Capital student experience.
The CMC pushes students beyond their comfort zones in collaborative, cross-disciplinary learning, and also convenes professors in a new creative, technology-rich space to work alongside colleagues with whom they would not normally interact on a daily basis. Adjacency leads to new ideas and intersections, where powerful learning and discovery happen through student-faculty consultation, mentorship and professional expertise — discovering, creating and solving problems together.