DDS studio space

Row of various iMac's with yellow wall in background and rolling blue chairs in foreground


The Digital Design Studio (DDS) is an educational space for entry into digital design, focused on audio and video production, as well as visual design. We support student projects for courses and research, as well as extracurricular work by students, faculty, and staff. The DDS is managed by the Digital Scholarship department of Tisch Library.

During DDS service hours, the studio space is staffed by student Studio Assistants to guide you through access to our services, troubleshoot software, offer design feedback, and help you get your questions answered.

In our space, you can:

  • Design, collaborate, and study in our teaching and learning space, which has 16 computers with design software as well as modular tables for offline work (or for working on your own laptop!). When not in use for workshops, our teaching and learning area is open for all Tufts community members to use. 
  • Convert items from legacy, physical, or analog formats into digital formats that can be shared, edited and built upon. We provide equipment and training for self-service digitization of film negatives, positives and slides, VHS, Hi8, DVD, CD, Blu-ray, and vinyl, as well as photographs and other documents. Reach out to us or drop in to get started!
  • Reserve our recording room for basic audio and video projects, such as podcasting, voice-over narration, and interviewing.
  • Print posters on our large-format inkjet printer, which we operate for you by appointment. Our Epson T7270 printer is primarily for academic research posters but can also support photographic prints and signage. For other needs, like booklets, brochures, or flyers, you may be interested in Tufts Print/Copy or the SMFA's Advanced Production Lab.
  • Request 3D printing, by submitting a file for us to print for you. We'd love to consult with you about your 3D printing designs! (If you want to 3D print things yourself, you'll be interested in going to the Nolop lab.)

Questions? Get in touch with the DDS.  

  • Adobe Creative Cloud, including:
    • Acrobat DC
    • After Effects 2022
    • Animate 2022
    • Audition 2022
    • Bridge 2022
    • Character Animator 2022
    • Dimension
    • Dreamweaver 2021
    • Illustrator 2022
    • InCopy 2022
    • InDesign 2022
    • Lightroom CC
    • Lightroom Classic
    • Media Encoder 2022
    • Photoshop 2022
    • Premiere Pro 2022
    • Premiere Rush 2.0
    • XD
  • Adobe Substance 3D Suite
    • Substance 3D Designer
    • Substance 3D Painter
    • Substance 3D Sampler
    • Substance 3D Stager
  • Blender (version 3.2.1)
  • DaVinci Resolve 18
  • EndNote 20
  • Epson Scan 2
  • Figma
  • Final Cut Pro, including
    • Compressor
    • Motion
  • GarageBand
  • HandBrake (being added)
  • IBM SPSS Statistics 28
  • Sony Imaging Edge Desktop (being added)
  • iMovie
  • Mathmatica 13.1
  • MATLAB R2022a
  • Maxon Cinema 4D R25
  • Mendeley Desktop
  • Microsoft Office Suite, including:
    • Word
    • Excel
    • PowerPoint
    • OneNote
  • OpenRefine
  • QGIS 3.26.1
  • QuickTime Player
  • R and RStudio 4.2.1
  • Stata
  • TeXShop and LaTeXiT
  • VLC Media Player
  • VMWare Horizon Client for accessing the Tufts Virtual Lab (VDI). See a list of applications available through the VDI.

In the teaching and learning lab space:

  • 16 27-inch iMacs
    • Display: Retina 5K
    • Processor: 4.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 32 GB 2400 MHz DDR4
    • Graphics: Radeon Pro 8 GB
  • 16 Sony MDR-7506 Headphones
  • 16 Anker 4-port USB 3.0 hubs

Available for use in the space by asking at the DDS welcome desk during DDS service hours:

Available to use by request or appointment:

Available in the recording room:

See the recording room webpage for recording room hardware specs.