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Industry Collaborations

To date, the Center for Media Design (CMD) has generated 612 public-private partnerships, nearly half with Indiana companies. These relationships have played a crucial role in facilitating the CMD’s educational and research agendas, providing valuable opportunities for students and continually ensuring the relevance of the CMD’s efforts in a constantly evolving marketplace.

Some companies, community organizations, and government entities collaborate with the CMD by donating materials, money, or time to support educational opportunities and keep current with innovations at Ball State.

Partners may also take on the role of a client, presenting specific business challenges that can be solved with emerging media applications. Tangible products are created and both parties gain new knowledge and other benefits.

In addition to national partners such as CBS, MTV, ESPN, and Procter and Gamble, the CMD has engaged with a large number of Indiana firms, including ExactTarget, AS204, Hammer Motion Picture and Lighting, the Indiana Venture Center, Indiana Hardwood and Lumbermen’s Association, Altairnano, Veriana, and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

Contributions to the State of Indiana

The Center for Media Design actively looks for ways to make technological contributions to Indiana associations, government, and educational groups. Here is just a sampling:

The Institute for Digital Fabrication (IDF) has formed alliances with Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s Association and the Indiana Limestone Association, sharing knowledge and best practices.

The Institute for Digital Entertainment and Education (IDEE) produced the documentary Changing Gears about the closing of the 100-year-old BorgWarner manufacturing plant in Muncie. IDEE and Ball State history students shot hours of high definition video, gathered photos, digitized old existing video, and helped create a digital archive of historical Muncie content.

The Institute for Intermedia Arts (IDIA) and IDEE collaborated on a visualization piece for the Indiana Department of Parks and Recreation for the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. According to a CICF spokesperson, “After earlier declining a grant request, the Fairbanks Foundation gave a $1 million grant to the Cultural Trail project. The partnership with Ball State’s [IDIA] was a big part of our success.”

IDIA and Ball State's College of Architecture worked on Governor Mitch Daniels’ “Biotown” project, producing 3-D visualizations of plans to make Reynolds, Indiana, a self-sustaining, more energy efficient, and “green” city.

IDIA supports the Muncie Robotics Club at Burris Laboratory School providing equipment and guidance to its members. IDIA sponsored a “Children without Limits” group, which taught animation software techniques to Burris elementary school students.

IDEE partnered with Make My Yard Productions to produce a series of videos that involved homeless people. The series showed, through theatre, how homeless people can come “off the streets” and change their lives.

Working with the Muncie Parks Department, IDF used the latest fabrication techniques to create an installation using recycled barn wood and aluminum that can be used by park-goers for relaxation and recreation.



Center for Media Design
Arts and Journalism Building, Room 205
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

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