Delaware College of Art and Design in downtown Wilmington is showcasing a new learning center that combines art and emerging technology.
(Video speaking: Delaware College of Art and Design President Gene Dahlberg, DCAD students Anthony Gera and Riley Wilson)
The Student Technology Center is currently located on the third floor of DCAD. It is equipped with a 3D scanner, a 3D printer, a laser cutter that can cut through inch-thick stainless steel, and a waterjet cutter.
Located in the former Delmarva Power and Light vault, the lounge area known as “The Vault” is a gathering space for students with comfortable furniture, computers, large-screen smart TVs, and an Oculus 3D VR system. The Writer’s Studio is also part of the suite.
According to DCAD President Gene Dahlgren, the skills you can develop at the Student Technology Center can be applied to jobs in areas such as manufacturing, engineering, prototyping, and 3D modeling.
“We’re integrating that technology into art in a way that showcases what’s possible in a career in art and design,” Dahlgren said.
Anthony Llera, a first-year student at DCAD, is already experimenting with some of the features. “It definitely enables a lot of ideas that wouldn’t be possible otherwise,” Gera says. “It’s been really fun so far.”
Sophomore Riley Wilson said the technology center adds to DCAD’s appeal as a small school. “It’s really helpful because we’re able to bring in people from other programs and majors, like animators, who can help us design and create fun junk,” Wilson said.
Dahlgren said the technology center was paid for entirely by a grant from the Crystal Trust Foundation. There was no need to take anything out of the university’s operating budget.
“In fact, we’re building this facility and talking to local employers about what’s possible and what’s needed… We’ll see this grow.”
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