Center For Media and Design


About CMD

Santa Monica College is reconstructing, reconfiguring, and expanding our current entertainment and technology facilities on Stewart Street, transforming the complex into the visionary Center for Media and Design.

A Dynamic New Campus

Building the new Center for Media and Design will enable SMC to unite our instructional programs in film production and critical studies, entertainment technology, graphic design, interior architectural design, media content development, and our new baccalaureate degree program in interaction design in state-of-the-art spaces that foster collaboration, creativity, and innovation.

Completion of the 3.5-acre campus is scheduled for Spring 2017. Designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects, the project encompasses renovation of an existing 50,000-square-foot teaching facility and construction of a 30,000-square-foot instructional wing; a separate new three-story building for KCRW; and a seven-level parking structure equipped with EV charging stations.

A beautiful 18,000-square-foot landscaped courtyard with water features and an outdoor performance stage will be showcased in the center of the complex. The campus will also meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification standards for sustainability and use of environmentally conscious materials.

Advanced, Collaborative Spaces

The two-story, 80,000-square-foot Media and Design instructional facility will include an 180-seat auditorium, a large production suite with control booths for broadcasting and film, multiple editing bays for post-production work, high-end computer classrooms, and a radio broadcast suite as well as classrooms, collaboration spaces, and other student support services and amenities.

Competitive Edge

Some 2,000 students will take classes or work on individual or group projects on the campus. Students will also have competitive internship opportunities at KCRW, which will be housed on the campus, as well as at numerous nearby tech and media companies.