About the CDEx
Where It All Began: The History of the New Media Writing Studio
The TCU New Media Writing Studio opened its doors in August 2006 with a mission to support composing and teaching new media across the university. Funded from 2006-2010 through a TCU Vision in Action, Strategic Initiative Grant, the NMWS was initially located in the basement of the Rickel academic wing of the Rec Center and offered workshops, individual consultations, equipment loans, class reservations, and open lab time for faculty, students, and staff. The Studio housed 22 computers with access to Adobe Creative Suite as well as two laser printers.
Each summer from 2006-2010, the NMWS conducted a week-long workshop for TCU instructors, focused on the theory and practice of new media composing, including hands-on work with images, blogging, website, and video. During the school year, additional workshops addressed topics such as the creation of digital portfolios, building websites, document design, working with images, presentation design, animation, and new media pedagogy.
In 2010, the New Media Writing Studio was moved to its current space on the second floor of the newly opened Scharbauer Hall. With the end of the VIA grant in 2010, funding for the Studio has subsequently been provided by AddRan College and through endowment gifts to the Institute for Critical and Creative Expression (ICCE), an initiative of AddRan College. The NMWS has also expanded its services to provide for-fee workshops through TCU’s Extended Education program.
A number of new initiatives have been developed, including a Graduate Certificate in New Media Composing and Teaching, a Digital Humanities Speaker Series, and new media workshops for the community, including middle school and high school students, area K-12 teachers, and various non-profit groups.
As of January 1, 2018, the NMWS changed it’s name to the TCU Center for Digital Expression. More on this next step very soon.