Come explore the projects we do with international clients through our innovative studio initiative that is on the forefront of media design and learning.

The Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts (IDIA Lab) partners with Hybrid Design Technologies, within Ball State’s Office of Information Technology, to investigate the intersection of the arts, science, and technology.

Scholarly, creative, and pedagogical projects investigate the following:

  • virtual and augmented reality
  • human-computer interface
  • mobile apps
  • visualization and 3-D simulation

Projects and Recognition

The lab, developed through support by the Lilly Endowment Inc., has empowered students and staff to develop the following projects and recognitions with international partners, including the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and UCLA:

  • The lab developed an open source software product for the Blackboard Greenhouse Grant for Virtual Worlds and its Cinema Arts Project. The project won an ACUTA Award for Institutional Excellence and the Campus Technology Innovators Award for Virtual Worlds Learning.
  • Author, critic, and museum director Michael Rush commissioned the lab to develop artwork and a virtual events program for the new Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.
  • Scholars in the virtual archeology community have been working closely with IDIA Lab to create virtual simulations of lost architectural sites and more.

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Centers and Labs Dedicated to Community

The following centers and labs support our efforts to provide Indiana communities with low- or no-cost expertise while offering students excellent opportunities for real-world experience:

  • CAP INDY Connector (CAP:IC) affords the college a unique opportunity to help shape not only future professionals, but also the future of Indiana's capital and largest city.
  • Center for Energy Research/Education/Service (CERES) is an interdisciplinary resource focusing on issues related to energy and resource use, alternatives, and conservation. 
  • Center for Historic Preservation (CHP) provides experiences for students and services to communities seeking economic development through preservation.
  • Community-Based Projects (CBP) has made helpful connections with hundreds of local governmental, civic, and service organizations since the late 1960s.
  • Drawings and Documents Archive collects and preserves records about Indiana’s historic sites and structures.
  • Digital Fabrication Lab (DFL), known as the Fab Lab, contains equipment to design and make 1:1 prototypes of building and furniture components as well as small-scale models.
  • Hybrid Design Technologies (HDT) supports the design and production of virtual, immersive, and interactive environments.