I had started out as an Art/Painting major at another school.  During my freshman year I got a job in graphic design, and I knew that's what I wanted to do...
Melissa Mykal Batalin '06
EMAC gave me a breadth of study which became invaluable to me in my current job at DreamWorks Animation...
Eli Bocek-Rivele '06
The EMAC program taught me some of the necessary software to succeed in the field, along with many new ways of visualizing things and creating new ideas...
Christina Ciani '10
Certain courses taught me to look at everything from different perspectives, and that ... a situation may call for a non-traditional approach...
Kirk Duwel '03
I had the opportunity to work with feature animation right through graduation...
Adam Gaige '07
EMAC gave me an understanding of concepts and theories that I use every day in my career...
Josh Goldenberg '10
The diversity of classes I took while attending RPI as an EMAC student allowed me to discover my ideal career path...
Chris LaPointe '10
The EMAC program definitely prepared me for graduate school because it gave me an excellent foundation for a graphic design career...
Steve Lucin '08
It is unique that we receive a B.S. rather than a B.A. I think this opens a lot more opportunities...
Kimberly Gomboz '09
Being an EMAC major gave me the communication background needed for my job...
Emelie Hegarty '09
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iEAR Black Box Studio Suite

EMAC students have access to industry grade studios for both class assignments and individual projects.  These spaces allow students to explore their creativity without being limited by technology.  Our studios include audio, video, animation, game programming and design spaces.  Students have 24x7 access to most of these facilities during the academic year.  We also have a fully stocked equipment room that lends portable equipment to students.

EMAC students also have access to Rensselaer's extensive computing network, including public access laboratories and wired student residence halls. Our innovative student laptop program provides computer-based learning in many classrooms. The 500,000-volume Folsom Library also provides electronic access to thousands of publications.

iEAR Black Box Studio Suite

DCC -174

The "black box studio suite" is a three-room system designed to accommodate live audio and video recordings, small concerts, lectures, and other special events. DCC 174 is the large black box space, which allows for the staging of performances and installations. It consists of a configurable lighting grid, projection screen, and a black curtain that can cover all sides of the space. Internet connections can be routed for high speed to facilitate live internet performances, DCC 178 is the vocal voice over booth to compliment the audio recording capabilities of the black box space. It consists of a small soundproof room with a window view into the black box space. DCC 175 is the control room for black box and voice over booth and allows for multi track digital audio recording via pro-tools. A separate video editing system allows for a live 3 video camera recording production onto DVcam format.



  • 3 SONY PD 170 cameras with rolling tripods.
  • Video switching system includes AV switchers, patch bay,AV monitors and recorders.
  • Mac intel G5 workstation for video editing and live capture
  • 2 Wirelss lav microphone systems.
  • Protools HD
  • Soundcraft 6000 series 32 track 8 bus mixing console
  • Fostex audio monitors
  • Blue screen system
  • Projection screen and pipe grid


  • Protools
  • Apple Final cut pro
  • OSX10.6
Current room status
OPEN: Card access required. The reserve time in this space please use the scheduling link below and select "schedule room" fill in the date and starting time. Please limit your session to 4 hours on each day. To report a problem or if you have a question about this space please e-mail us hasshelp@rpi.edu