Media Center

The Media Center is staffed by a talented group of Swarthmore students and media professionals - people who are producing insightful films, traveling the world in search of compelling stories, and creating inspired photography.

Stop by 114 Beardsley Hall if you'd like to learn about digital storytelling, video production, motion graphics, animation, or photography. You might meet a future NPR producer, a National Geographic photographer in the making, an award-winning filmmaker, or the next art director for your favorite magazine.

We offer hands-on instruction with industry standard software including Adobe Creative Suite, TV Paint, and Final Cut Pro, and we can provide a private space for interview recording and collaborative media editing. We can also help with poster layout, large format printing, 3D printing, photo scanning, and media dubbing.

In addition to the software mentioned above, our computers are loaded with GIS, speech recognition, and statistical packages. They are some of the fastest machines on campus.

We also host tech workshops, film screenings, and the occasional game night. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to use the space as a productive place to study, create and socialize.

For inquiries, please contact Mike Jones or Jeremy Polk

Join us - all are welcome!


Media Center Resources 

Software and Equipment for Media Design, Animation, Video Editing & Digital Storytelling

  • Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Dreamweaver)
  • 4K Retina Display monitors
  • Microsoft Office and iWork suites
  • Wacom Bamboo pen-tablets for digital illustration
  • Wacom Cintiq 21" touch screen for illustration

Large Format & Color Printing

  • Large format poster printing - standard dimensions are 35" height by 48" width.

Note: Our large format printer handles 36 inch or 44 inch roll paper. All posters must be at least one inch shy of the paper size along either dimension (i.e. a poster on 36" paper must be 35" or less in height or width, and may be unlimited along the other dimension; a poster on 44" paper must be 43" or less in height or width, and may be unlimited along the other dimension).

For self-service instructions on printing a poster from InDesign, Acrobat or Illustrator, please see documents located in the media center's wall-mounted metal rack. There are separate instructions for printing from Macs and Dells.

Sample Adobe InDesign Poster Templates for Sigma Xi, as well as great design tips, are available at Colin Purrington's website.

  • Single copies of standard or duplexed Letter (8.5x11), Legal (8.5x14) or Tabloid (11" x 17") color printing

Note: We rarely allow custom paper use in the laser printer due to paper jams. Please ask us about exceptions before attempting to use custom paper. Those wishing to produce flyers or who need multiple copies should consult with Office Services or an external resource. 


  • Image scanning up to 12"x18" with scanners capable of handling transparencies, slides and 35mm film negatives
  • Our Canon ImageRunner can send multi-page documents directly to your email in PDF format

3D Printing

Our 3D printer supports models created for a variety of disciplines from Engineering of robot arms or windmill parts, to the instantiation of game characters (FMST) and fly behavior chambers and microscope parts (Biology).  Many models require structural support during their "printing" and therefore need to spend some time in a highly basic wash station (located outside the Media Center) prior to completion, to remove that temporary support structure.  Solidworks is the standard tool for creating these models, but potential builders can use any 3D modeling tool to which they have access, such as SketchUp, VectorWorks, etc. to create the requisite files.  Faculty approval of the academic project is required for students wishing to print to this device. Interested parties should contact Andrew Ruether or Doug Willen.

Professional Support

The Media Center Coordinator is available from Noon-8pm Monday-Thursday, and Noon-5pm Friday. Our Student Consultants are available to support work in the Media Center - Sunday 1pm-11pm, Monday-Thursday, 9am-12pm & 5pm-11pm, Friday 9am-12pm & 5pm-7pm and Saturday 1pm-5pm. We are happy to support courses by providing workshops on Adobe Creative Cloud, digital storytelling, poster design, animation and other topics.


After hours student access is restricted to those working on special projects or enrolled in specific Video Production, Soc/Anth or Photography, or other media intensive courses. The instructor should contact Mike Jones to arrange for student access.


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