The Digital Media Studies Lab


Shardae Shaw, Digital Media Graduate, works on her portfolio as a practicum student in the DMST lab

By Christopher Rupley

The Digital Media Studies Lab at the University of Houston-Clear Lake is undergoing very exciting changes. The DMST lab is perfect for students interested in adding flare to their portfolio or choosing an alternative to a traditional college class.

The DMST lab is a place for artistic collaboration and content creation for digital media projects of all kinds.

“The Digital Media Studies Lab was created to offer capstone students a practicum alternative to an internship or capstone project,” Lee Anne Kortus said. “It also provides a resource area for faculty wishing to work on special projects within their classes or to take on other projects, such as digital publications that might not be accomplished within the normal classroom schedule.”

Currently, the lab is operating in a temporary space. Plans to move the lab are still being constructed.

“The DMST lab is located in the Bayou Building, room 3605, on the third floor,” Shardae Shaw said, graduate digital media student. “We’re kind of hidden.”

Certain undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to work in the DMST lab. In the lab, students will gain invaluable experience collaborating with their peers, staff members, faculty and businesses in the local community.

“The DMST lab gives students the opportunity to come in and work with staff members at UHCL, as well as companies that are outsourced through UHCL,” said Shaw.

If you are an interested in becoming a part of the DMST lab and are a  Communications or Digital Media student, then schedule and appointment to discuss this with your academic advisor today.

“Any student approved to have a practicum experience through the Communication or Digital Media Studies programs, or, any undergraduate student approved to take an Independent Study [can be part of the DMST lab],” said Kortus.

Student workers in the lab are genuinely interested in collaborating on projects together. Past and present student work is displayed on the walls, giving visitors a sneak-peak of what they can expect from the lab.

 “My favorite part is just working on different projects because I can grow my portfolio,”Stephanie Tarrer said, independent-study worker in the DMST lab. “It is an overall great experience in both the art world and collaborating with peers.”
What’s New?
The DMST lab is in the process of creating an electronic magazine called the (Hawk-iDigital). It will be a tutorial-based magazine for digital media and graphic design students.
“The tutorials in the magazine are student created and are meant to serve as assistance and inspiration for students in the digital media studies program,” said Kortus. “It is also meant to be a way to get the program’s name out and make other people aware of who we are and what we do in our program.”
Are you interested in becoming an independent-study worker or a practicum worker for the DMST lab? If so, contact Lee Anne Kortus today at or 281-283-3337. Come and grow with the DMST lab at UHCL!

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