The Five Towns College campus is equipped with industry standard information technology and a wide variety of facilities that support the College’s instructional programs, student services and extracurricular activities.
Theatre/Performing Arts Center
The College Theatre/Performing Arts Center (PAC) provides the space and opportunity for a wide variety of cultural performances by students, faculty, and visiting artists. Performances are exciting and enlightening for both the performers and the audience.
The Performing Arts Center (PAC) provides students with the opportunity to perform, act, sing and participate in professional quality productions and experience the realities and joys that draw individuals to the entertainment field. For sound mixing, the theatre is equipped with an Avid VENUE S6L 32 fader - 192 engine Front of House console, and an Avid VENUE S6L 24 fader -192 engine monitor console. An Ion digital lighting console by Electronic Theatre Controls lights up the space.
The Main Stage is a professional space which can be configured for concerts, lectures, award shows, and diverse theatrical productions. The Main Stage includes a single-purchase fly system equipped with 19 line sets featuring 3 full-stage travelers, draperies, and scrim. The concealed lighting catwalk rises over the auditorium to provide access to the lighting coves and a full array of ETC Source Four lekos, intelligent units by Martin and High End Systems, and other professional lighting and projection instruments. A scene and technical shop is located backstage, while an orchestra pit may be accommodated in front of the deck. The control room and mix position, from which industry standard lighting, sound, follow spots and control equipment are operated during performances, is located at the rear of the house. A professional box office is located in the lobby and is equipped with industry standard software by Tick-It! Trak Pro. The campus also includes a costume shop equipped with eight sewing machines, and storage areas for stage props, furniture, and scenery. The Main Stage has raked seating for almost 500 attendees and a rated capacity of 658. See, Five Towns College Performing Arts Center for additional information.
Audio Recording Studios
Located in The John Lennon Center for Music and Technology, the audio recording complex was designed by internationally acclaimed recording studio architect John Storyk and contains eleven (11) studio/control room spaces. Each studio is unique and geared for specific learning and recording purposes.
The Studio A suite is equipped with the SSL 9000J 72-channel console, outfitted with an SSL SL959 5.1 monitoring system for stereo and multichannel mixing. The studio is equipped with a Pro Tools HDX recording system and a Studer A827 analog 24-track tape machine. Manley ELOP, Empirical Labs Disterssors, dbx 160 VU, UREI 1176, Lexicon 960, Eventide H8000, Tube-Tech lCA 2B and a Tube-Tech PE 1C are some of the outboard pieces of equipment students can find within Studio A. Amps and speakers include Genelec 1031 for left, right, center and surround channels with two Genelec 7060 12” Sub for subwoofers, Yamaha NS-10 monitors, JBL LSR-32 Mains, QSC EX4000, and Yamaha P2100 Cue Amp are also installed. Studio A is also equipped with a Yamaha 6’ 7” grand piano and a Yamaha Stage Custom Birch drum set.
The Studio B suite is equipped with a Pro Tools HDX system and an Otari MTR-90 24-track tape machine, a 32 channel API 1608 II recording console tailored with the API 550a EQs and on the stereo buss an API 529 stereo compressor. Additional outboard gear includes dbx 160s, Empirical Labs Distressors, Grace design M201, Presonus M80, Orban stereo parametric EQ, Lexicon PCM 91, Lexicon MPX 500, Aphex Compellor, and an Aphex Expander/Gate. Studio B uses Event 20/20 and Dynaudio BM5A for monitoring and is equipped with a TAMA Superstar drum set.
The Studio C suite features a Neve Genesys Hybrid console that is outfitted with the NEVE 1084 EQs and 1073 preamps. Studio C uses a Pro Tools HDX system with a variety of outboard equipment such as Amek 9098, Summit Audio TLA 100, Focusrite Red 7, Avalon VT737, HHB Radius 20 Parametric EQ, Manley ELOP Compressor, Manley Voxbox, and the Empirical Labs Distressor with the English Modification. Studio C offers students the ability to edit and mix music productions and Audio/Video post-productions in stereo and multichannel images using Genelec 1031 and Yamaha NS-10 monitors.
The MIDI Lab is comprised of 24 individual workstations equipped with a KORG Kronos Keyboards and iMac computers. Students learn how to use software for composing, sampling, nonlinear recording/editing, and notation. The workstations’ computers are compatible with the software found in Studio A, B, and C. All workstations are connected to the FTC LAN and have access to the Internet.
Each studio and the MIDI Lab is equipped with the latest versions of Pro Tools, Ablenton Live, Native Instruments Komplete Ultimate, Reason, Logic, Toontracks’ Superior Drummer, Sibelius and Final Cut Pro. In addition to these applications, each of the audio facilities has professional audio plugins from Waves, Celemony, Sonnox, Slate Digital, Izotope, Toontracks, Antares, Syncro Arts, and AVID among others.
Microphones and Additional Audio Recording Resources
Students have the ability to request and sign out additional equipment and microphones for their studio projects. Students have the ability to explore and evaluate numerous audio scenarios with equipment from API, A-Design, Daking, Chandler Limited, AVID, Manley, Universal Audio, GML, Apogee, Thermionic Culture, and Sound Devices. The Audio Recording Technology Department offers a collection of microphones that exceeds most recording studios. Microphone manufacturers represented include Sony, Telefunken, Blue, Schoeps, Coles, AEA, AKG, Sennheiser, Neumann, Rode, Audix, Cascade, Electrovoice, Heil, Royer, Studio Projects, Audio Technica, Shure, Beyerdynamic, Earthworks, Slate Digital, and Crown.
Located in The John Lennon Center for Music and Technology, the Film/Television Center is a multi- formatted suite consisting of a sizeable soundstage, fully equipped for both Broadcast Television or Film productions, with control room, classroom and screening area, and an industry standard complex of editing suites that handle 4K capacity workflow. The soundstage is a professional production facility equipped with lighting grid, cyclorama, 24ft. Triangle Jimmy Jib arm with a remote head, and full green screen capacity. The editing lab utilizes Adobe Premiere, Davinci Resolve Color Software, Maya Animation, as well as Avid and Final Cut Pro.
Representative cameras include the Red Scarlet Dragon, Canon C-100, Sony A7-S, Black Magic Pocket, Arriflex SR3 Super 16mm, SR2 Super 16 mm, S16 mm Film cameras, as well as the Canon 5D Mark II and 7D Mark I DSLR cameras. Lighting equipment includes IKAN LEDS, KinoFlo, Arri, Mole-Richardson, Chimera, and Lowell, with a full complement of Matthews and Bogen grip equipment. Camera support equipment consists of DJI Ronin 3-Axis stabilized gimbal system, Vario5 Easy- Rig Cinema 3 300N, Sachtler, Bogen, and Cartoni tripods. Dollies include Moviola, Matthews, and Fisher, as well as numerous curved and straight track. Additional equipment includes light meters by Sekonic and Spectra, an array of professional portable audio recording devices, microphones and lavalieres by Sennheiser, Sony, Shure and Audio Technica, video monitors by JVC, Transvideo, and Marshall, and HD-Video monitors by Sony. There is also a full complement of video and film lens filters, and a wide assortment of gels and diffusion by Rosco and Lee. In all, the Film/Television Studio maintains enough equipment to fill several grip trucks.
Television/Multimedia Broadcast Control (TMBC)
The Television/Multimedia Broadcast Control facility is located adjacent to Studio 400. TMBC is equipped with industry-standard technology for live and pre-recorded multi-camera student-led productions. Representative equipment includes Advanced Tricaster 8000 production switcher, NewTek 3Play instant replay system, Chyron broadcast graphics box, Blackmagic video/audio router, Behringer x32 audio console, Sennheiser wireless microphone system, Autoscript WINSPLUS-IP teleprompting software, AP ENPS NEWS rundown software, LT Scoreboard graphic package, and the complete Adobe Creative Suite software package.TMBC is linked via fiber optics to various campus venues to facilitate student broadcasts. These include the Sound Athletic Arena and the Five Towns College Performing Arts Center.
Studio 400 is a multi-use facility that serves as a rehearsal space, black box theatre, and broadcast booth for home games of the Sound Athletic Department. It is equipped with a professional lighting grid that supports these uses.
The Dance Studio is characterized by its rubber-sprung marley dance floor, mirrored walls, and dance bars. The facility is used for rehearsing choreography, senior projects and smaller recitals/performances.
Center for Applied Music
There are eight Wenger practice rooms in the Center for Applied Music (CAM) and three additional studio rooms, two with digital pianos and a larger studio for piano instruction. The 6,000 square footage also provides additional space for ensemble rehearsals.
Computer Graphic/Film Editing Mac Lab
The Computer Graphic/Film Editing Mac Lab is equipped with Apple iMac desktop computers utilizing the latest Apple operating systems. Each computer is installed with Avid Media Composer, AutoCAD, and the Adobe Creative Suite which includes Photoshop, Premier, Illustrator, After Effects, InDesign, and Audition. The office suite software set up on every computer is Microsoft Office 2016. Access to the internet is provided through the College’s network.
The College is equipped with a wide range of grand, baby grand and upright acoustic pianos by Baldwin, Kawai, and Yamaha. Frank and Camille’s Pianos is one of the official purveyors of acoustic pianos at Five Towns College.
The Keyboard Lab contains Korg LP-30 digital pianos and is used for the teaching of functional piano skills. The Keyboard Lab is open on a convenient schedule to facilitate student practice.
The PC Computer Lab is equipped with 24 workstations. Each unit contains a solid state disk drive, a dedicated graphics card, and uses a high definition monitor. These components provide a high-end performance experience for the user along with multitasking capability. Microsoft Windows 10 Professional is the operating system that runs on each unit. Additionally, the Microsoft Office 2016 Professional Suite and other various productivity-related applications are installed on every workstation. These units are connected to the College’s network which provides internet access.
Home to the Five Towns College Sound Athletic Program, Sound Arena accommodates a regulation size basketball court, volleyball court, locker rooms, bleacher seating, and offices for athletic coaches. The Five Towns College gymnasium is the home of the Sound Men’s and Women’s Basketball and Volleyball teams (planned for fall 2019), which belong to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).
The College Yard is located in front of the campus and includes fields that may be organized for field events and athletic competitions. The Five Towns College Yard is home to the Sound Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams scheduled to take the field in the 2019-20 academic year.
Aerial drones are utilized by Five Towns College in a variety of educational contexts, including SCI 112 Physics of Flight/Drone Technology. Representative drones include Walkera Runner 250, DJI Phantom III Advanced and DJI Mavic Pro. Drone simulators are by Real Flight. FPV goggles include the Fat Shark Dominator V3.
The Upbeat Café is a full-service dining facility that is open each day. The Upbeat serves a wide assortment of hot and cold meals and late night snacks. For a full meal or just a gourmet snack between classes, the Upbeat Café is the ideal place to meet and eat on campus.
The Downbeat Café serves as an alternate venue to students for snacks and grab ‘n’ go and the opportunity to socialize. Located in the Student Center, the Downbeat Café is a favorite area for students to gather informally.
All of the academic and residence halls at Five Towns College are equipped with high speed wireless connections to the Internet. Wired internet ports and charging stations are located around campus. Students can visit the Residence Life office for the password to gain access to the Wi-Fi network.
Student Activities Office
Located on the lower level of Symphony Hall, the purpose of the Student Activities Office is to promote student life and to provide educational and social opportunities that increase student engagement on campus. Also, the Student Government Association (SGA) has a meeting space there.
The major goal that stems from this purpose is the programming of interesting events including club activities and College-wide functions. The Student Activities Office promotes events, happenings and activities available on campus or in the community that are worthwhile for student participation. The Office provides train and bus schedules and shares information about ride-sharing opportunities.
Interactive Computer Graphics Lab
Five Towns College has designed its computer graphics lab to function as a multipurpose creative laboratory that fits within the goals of the Interactive Computer Graphics program. The lab was designed for students to learn both the fundamental skills as a creative professional while learning complex computer graphic applications. To maintain this dual purpose, it combines both analog and digital tools for students to develop creative artistic skills on paper and pen while having access to a brand new breed of computer graphic workstations for digital content creation.
These new computer graphic workstations take advantage of a newly released breed of CPU and Graphic Display Cards capable of handling today’s compute intensive applications such as 3D animation and Virtual Reality for real-time feedback and near real-time rendering capabilities. Each computer graphics workstation has 32 gigabytes of memory and is equipped with an AMD RYZEN 1950X CPU, giving students 16 CPU Cores and 32 Threads. The Graphics card is the NVIDA 1070TI capable of powering the latest Virtual Reality Headsets. For storage each computer has one terabyte for student data and a dedicated SSD, (Solid State Drive) to function as a cache for both the Adobe suite and Autodesk’s 3D software. The computer graphics lab has 24” HD Wacom tablets for digital drawing, a Makerbot 3D printer, and an HTC Vive Virtual Reality headset.
Each computer graphic workstation runs a multitude of computer graphics software. The entire suite from Adobe is on each computer which includes, PhotoShop, Aftereffects, Illustrator, Interactive, 3D Character, In-design, Premiere, XD, along with a host of other applications from Adobe. The whole Autodesk suite runs on each computer, this coupled with the Nvidia 1070TI graphics board makes running these applications very powerful. Within the Audiodesk suite each computer runs 3DS Max, Maya, Mudbox, AutoCad, Civil 3D, Revit, Fusion360, and Inventor to name the common applications. New this year is the addition of 3Ds Interactive, formally named Stingray. This allows new students learning 3D to create Virtual Reality Applications. As new applications become available they are tested and invested in for the computer lab. The render Arnold is a new application recently added along with Substance Painter.
College Radio Station WFTU 1570AM
Five Towns College is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission to operate commercial radio station WFTU 1570 AM. The main broadcast studio is located on the College campus at Dix Hills. WFTU transmission facilities and an auxiliary studio are located in Riverhead, NY. WFTU is licensed to serve the east end of Long Island with 1000 kW during the day and 500 kW at night. The broadcast pattern extends from Manorville to Montauk, Long Island, and provides Five Towns College students with hands-on broadcasting experience. WFTU also streams over the Internet and can be heard online all over the world.
On May 16, 2018, the FCC granted Five Towns College a construction permit to establish a translator for WFTU at 104.9 FM. The College hopes to begin FM broadcast operations during the 2019-20 academic year.
The WFTU on-air radio studio and radio production studio is centrally located on campus where visitors can view the station’s on-air operation through glass windows. The on-air radio studio is a fully automated IP-networked professional broadcast studio used for live, on-air production of radio programs, news, sports and entertainment productions. The on-air radio studio is set-up to accommodate guest interviews as well. The radio production studio is used for station productions and producing pre-recorded programs, while also including a distinct space for the operation of on-line streaming and office space for students, staff and faculty.
The radio station is equipped with industry standard broadcasting gear, including the Wheatstone 24ch Full- Automated Digital Audio Console, VoxPro 6 audio recorder/ editor/playback system, Electro-Voice RE20 Microphones, Telos Streaming Audio Encoder, the latest in digital radio automation and music scheduling software, Adobe Audition editing and recording software, and with Blackmagic micro 4K cameras for video podcasts and online streaming.
WFTU features a variety of programming, including alternative music, news, sports, talk and special features. Student members of WFTU are active in all forms of campus life, such as broadcasting FTC sporting events, DJ-ing campus events, and promoting upcoming student activities. The station is operated largely by students with support from the Mass Communication Division’s professional staff and faculty.
Student Computer Requirements
Students should expect that college-level learning requires a personal computer. Although access to computer technology and the Internet is provided in a variety of locations across the campus, including wireless internet access, in order to fully participate in the academic process, students are expected to own or have unrestricted access to a computer and the Internet at their residence or where they prepare for class.
Students enrolled in the Film/Video program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree or who have declared Audio Recording Technology as their major area of concentration are required to have an Apple (Mac) computer that meets these standards or they may utilize a Windows PC that meets the minimum standards set forth here for PC computers.
The College does not endorse any specific computer hardware or software supplier. If students plan to purchase a computer, consideration of the program they are in should be taken into account. Many manufacturers will generally offer an educational discount to students who can provide proof of enrollment at a college or university.
The College reserves the right to make modifications to these requirements in response to industry specific technological advances.
- Latest MAC Operation System
- 3.0GHz quad-core Intel 7th generation Core i5 processor
- 8GB of RAM
- 1TB hard drive or larger with a minimum of 200GB of available space
- Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac
- Anti-virus and Anti-spyware software installed
- Latest Windows Operating System
- Intel Core i5 or better
- 4GB of RAM memory
- 512GB hard drive with at least 100GB of available space
- Microsoft Office 2016 suite
- Anti-virus and Anti-spyware software installed
Additional Hardware and Software for Film/Video Students Only
- AGP or PCI Express Quartz Extreme graphics card
- Display with 1024-by-768 resolution or higher
- Final Cut Pro Studio 2
Additional recommended Software for Audio Recording Technology Students Only
Latest versions of Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Abelton Live, Native Instruments Komplete Ultimate, and Reason.
AVID (Pro Tools) Learning Partner
Five Towns College is an Avid Learning Partner (ALP) and is authorized to offer educational programs leading to eligibility to sit for PT 101, PT 110, PT 210, PT 210M, and PT 210 P certification examinations.
The successful completion of AUD 304 Nonlinear Recording satisfies the eligibility requirements to sit for the PT 101 and PT 110 examination to be an AVID Certified User – Pro Tools. Although the College faculty administers this examination from time-to-time for an additional fee, students are not required to take the examination or to pass with a specific score.
Students who sit for the examination and pass will be notified and will received a separate certificate from AVID. Students who do not take the examination when it is administered or who fail the examination may be permitted to retake it at a future date for an additional fee.
Library/Learning Resource Center (LRC)
The Five Towns College L/LRC is a learning resource for students and faculty. L/LRC holdings include a collection of approximately 16,000 books, nearly 9,000 sound recordings, and over 3,600 video recordings. The collection also includes more than 2,500 scores/arrangements/ensembles and nearly 8,000 individual pieces of sheet music, as well as an impressive collection of sheet music books, all of which span many genres, but with a solid emphasis in jazz, popular music, and musical theatre to support the curricular needs of the College’s academic programs. There are also approximately 3,000 custom musical arrangements from the Boston Pops and Saint Louis Symphony, among others, many of which were arranged by Richard Hayman.
The Five Towns College L/LRC includes a variety of outstanding online subscription research databases, including Academic Search Complete, Business Source Elite, Business Insights: Essentials, Vault Career Insider, Communications and Mass Media Collection, Expanded Academic ASAP, Encyclopedia Britannica Online, Fine Arts and Music Collection, Issues and Controversies, Music Index, and Vocations and Careers Collection. The Library also provides access to a digital collection of more than 162,000 full-text eBooks. Additionally, Jazz Music Library and Naxos Music Library are digital music streaming services available for student use.
The L/LRC provides students with the latest information technology including an online catalog, PC computers with high-speed internet access, a scanner, audio/video stations, and electronic device charging ports. Printing services are also available.
The L/LRC is affiliated with the Long Island Library Resources Council which, through its Research Loan Program, allows students to access materials from many other academic and public libraries throughout the region. Additionally, the L/LRC can arrange for interlibrary loans from libraries across the country. Acquisitions requests from both faculty and students are also welcomed.
Staffed by professional librarians, the L/LRC is a major resource for curriculum and instruction at the College. To help students become more aware of the holdings and to become more comfortable in utilizing its resources, orientation sessions may be scheduled by faculty members for classes requiring research. Students are encouraged to request the one-on-one assistance of a librarian in searching for and evaluating resources, as well as in citing their sources of information.