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College of Design Computer Labs and Classrooms Service
The College of Design offers open computer labs and computer classrooms in the following locations: Rapson Hall (rooms 127 and 33) on the East Bank, and McNeal Hall (rooms 305, 310, 316, 336, 216, and 69) on the St Paul campus. These facilities are available for use by any student who is registered in a College of Design course. The facilities in Rapson are all PC-based, while McNeal offers both PC and Mac computers. The regular hours for the open labs are:
- Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. to 12 Midnight
- Friday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Sunday: 12 Noon to 12 Midnight
These hours will vary with holidays, semester, and summer breaks. Current lab hours are available online here. During these hours, lab attendants are available to assist with the use of lab resources. CDes graduate students have access to the open labs outside of these hours by using their university ID card with the door lock.
The computers in the labs have specialized software installed on them that is specific to the various academic disciplines in the college. Regular productivity software (MS Office, etc.) is also available. The computers are high-end graphic workstations and many have dual monitors. Access to the computers is limited to students enrolled in a CDes course with Active Directory credentials.
In addition to the computers and software, each location has high-end color and B&W plotters, laser printers, and flatbed scanners. Additionally, the McNeal Hall location has a fabric printer, and a photo printer. The laser printers are available on a self-service basis with the use of the Pharos print management system which charges per page of output. Plotters, fabric and photo printers require the assistance of a lab attendant and charges also apply.
Faculty who wish to reserve a classroom for instruction should contact the computer lab manager or work with their department as with classroom scheduling.
Phone numbers for reaching lab attendants on each campus:
- McNeal Hall lab attendant desk: 612-624-5367
- Rapson Hall lab attendant desk: 612-625-9406