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Media Arts, Computing, and Design

Media Arts, Computing, and Design building

Opened in the fall of 2023, the Center for Media Arts, Computing, and Design creates new opportunities for collaboration by students and faculty from across the University in teaching, research, and innovation.

Students sketching in MACD building

Showcasing Creativity

A hub of creative activity on central campus, the Center for Media Arts, Computing, and Design aims to inspire Clarkies’ entrepreneurial thinking and development of innovative technology. It encompasses a new green space and quadrangle, oriented toward Goddard Library. The first floor includes an AR/VR lab, multimedia gallery, makerspace, robotics lab, active learning classroom, and flexible classroom space.

MACD building main staircase

Room for Collaboration

The light-filled lobby draws Clarkies and visitors into the building, to a space with tiered seating where they can connect. A second-floor incubator space overlooks the lobby, showcasing students at work on innovative projects. Other floors include a tiered classroom, audio/video production and recording areas, and data science and analytics, network simulation, graphic design, and computer labs.

Natural light in the MACD building

A Sunny, Welcoming Space

Plenty of natural light floods the building, which features floor-to-ceiling windows throughout. Students meet and collaborate with faculty in centralized teaching and research spaces, and scholars across the University are encouraged to use these spaces.

MACD building exterior

Forward-Thinking Design

At about 70,000 square feet, the building includes two wings. Its geometrically composed window pattern recalls the pixelization and binary structure of technology and digital design. Clark is pursuing LEED Gold certification; the building relies primarily on geothermal wells for heating and cooling.