The Brock University Design Studio (BUDS) 

The Brock University Design Studio (BUDS) provides students across Brock with course-based opportunities to complete a portion of their studies within a real-world, collaborative, project-based production studio context that incorporates a service-learning orientation.

Modeled on the principles of project-based learning, BUDS brings together interdisciplinary teams of students – leveraging a diverse array of instructional design, digital tool, and subject content expertise. The student teams collaborate on interactive design projects that are sponsored by community partners.

Mandate

Housed within the Centre for Digital Humanities, BUDS has an experiential learning mandate:

Through the Brock University Design Studio (BUDS), student-designers hone their knowledge and skills within a real-world production studio environment in which they strive to meet the project goals of clients.

BUDS serves students across Brock, promoting opportunities widely and building collaborative project teams that leverage the diverse skill sets of students across a variety of disciplines.

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Completed projects

Academic Year: 2017-2018
Project Title: Viticulture eBook Project
Student Team: Applied Health Sciences (BA); Business Administration (BBA); Economics (BBE); Interactive Arts & Science (BA); Psychology (BA)
Instructor: Dr. David Hutchison (Digital Humanities) and Jeremy Leipert (Digital Humanities)
Sponsor: Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, Brock University
Summary: The students collaborated on an interactive Apple iBook project which introduces the grape and wine research undertaken by Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute. Written for non-specialists, the iBook also summarizes key concepts related to grape and wine production.

Academic Year: 2016-2017
Project Title: Escape Room Project
Student Team: Dramatic Arts (BA); Interactive Arts & Science (BA)
Instructor: Dr. Natalie Alvarez (Dramatic Arts)
Sponsor: Niagara Military Museum
Summary: The student team built multiple live action escape rooms that challenge visitors, as they race against the clock, to solve a series of puzzles in order to gain their freedom. The students designed the escape rooms using period artifacts and props/sets that the students constructed. The escape rooms underwent testing in April, 2017.

Academic Year: 2016-2017
Project Title: Fallen Workers Project
Student Team: History (BA); History (MA); Interactive Arts & Science (BA); Labour Studies (BA)
Instructor: Dr. David Hutchison (Digital Humanities)
Sponsor: St. Catharines Museum
Summary: Working with artifacts and research in the St. Catharines Museum collection, the student team developed an interactive exhibit for the City of St. Catharines’ Welland Canal Fallen Workers Project and memorial. This project focuses on the workers whose lives were lost during the construction of the modern day Welland Ship Canal, as chronicled in the St. Catharines Standard.

Academic Year: 2015-2016
Project Title: Autonomous Rover Project
Student Team: Computer Science (BSc); Education (MEd); Interactive Arts & Science (BA)
Instructor: Dr. David Hutchison (Digital Humanities)
Sponsor: IBM Canada
Summary: The student team built an autonomous rover. The team also wrote an instructional guide that will become part of an Arduino programming kit IBM will soon distribute free of charge to Grade 8 students across Canada.

Contact information

For more information about BUDS, please contact:

David Hutchison
Professor and Director
Centre for Digital Humanities
dhutchison@brocku.ca