The Media Commons supports faculty and students who incorporate media and film production in their courses. The Media Commons is a service space that offers faculty and students in affiliated courses access to media production equipment for check-out and multimedia hardware and software for post-production.

Questions about becoming an affiliated course?

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Hours

M-F 9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Location

1401 University Blvd
Birmingham, AL 35233

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205-934-2108

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Labs and Classrooms

The UAB Media Commons offers media production spaces fully equipped with the latest media production hardware and software. Our resources serve the College of Arts and Science’s media production courses including the Film, Visual Media Production, and Media Studies courses. 

Media Lab

The media lab is an open-resource lab serving students and faculty across disciplines in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Media Commons provides students and faculty with access to the latest technology for enhanced learning. Technology enables students and faculty to incorporate digital media into instruction, create documentary films, produce and record compelling oral histories, and explore the boundaries of their imaginations.

Location: Heritage Hall Room 334

Media Classroom

The Media Classroom is a teaching and learning space equipped for any type of class.

Features:

  • MacBook Pros loaded with the latest media applications
  • Rechargeable laptop cart
  • Four collaborative learning stations
  • Dual Projectors
  • Flexible room design with accommodations for up to 40

Location: Heritage Hall, 3rd Floor

Sound Lab

The Sound Lab is a collaborative, soundproofed audio-visual space. It is equipped with the latest applications for:

  • Audio Recording
  • Video/Photo Editing
  • Graphic/Web Design
  • Conference/Video Calls

Some of the past uses for the space have been:

  • Podcasting
  • Group Media Projects
  • Audio/Video Interviews
  • Voiceovers

Location: Heritage Hall, 3rd Floor

Media Studio

The Media Studio provides students and faculty with access to a full-featured production space that is adaptable to most media production needs. The technology in the Media Studio enables students and faculty to create narrative and documentary films, incorporate digital media into instruction, and explore the boundaries of their imaginations.

Location: Hulsey Center - Rooms 311 and 315

 

Equipment Checkout

Who can check out equipment?

If you are a student enrolled in one of our affiliated media-based courses, we have equipment specifically reserved for you. Your instructor will provide you with more information at the beginning of your course. All equipment requests must be submitted before 5:00 p.m. on the day before you would like to check out equipment.

If you have not filled out the Media Equipment Responsibility Form for the current semester, you will need to fill it out prior to making a reservation.

How long can I check out equipment?

Due to Covid-19 protocols, students will be able to check out equipment in accordance with the hybrid schedule established by their course instructor.

What about weekends?

Any equipment you check out on a Friday must be returned by the following Monday.

What if I turn the equipment in late?

Late fines are $15 a day per checkout and incorrectly-packed equipment fees are $5 per piece of equipment. If you can't get the equipment back to us in time, email or give us a call immediately. We take this very seriously. If we have to call you, then you lose your checkout privileges for the semester. Any unpaid fines at the end of the semester transfers to your UAB student account and must be paid to enroll for the next semester.

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