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Brimhall Learning Environments

History

The School of Communications occupies the historic George H. Brimhall Building, on the south end of campus. Built in 1918, the building had two stories added in 1935, when it was renamed to honor former BYU President George H. Brimhall. The building first hosted journalism classes in 1933. It has been home to Communications since 2005. The school’s main office is on the third floor, in Room 360. Nearly all faculty offices can be found on the third floor. Classrooms can be found on the second and third floors. The first floor is host to student labs (AdLab, YDigital, Newsline, and the Universe).

Brimhall Labs


The school maintains five professional labs for Advertising, Broadcasting, Journalism, and Public Relations. These labs encourage students to participate in learning experiences outside of the classroom.

The five professional labs are: AdLab, Newsline, The Universe, Y Digital Agency and the Eye-Tracking Center.

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Collaborative Learning Spaces

Two classrooms are equipped with rolling chairs to encourage group discussions for classes of 30 (Room 250) to 42 (Rooms 264) students. Room 382 features tables and 24 chairs that can be easily configured into various configurations for teamwork.

Meanwhile, a new collaborative environment in Room 230 is designed for teams of students to work on anything from campaign presentations to social media analytics. The room has four tables, each with its own large monitor, which students can access with their laptop computers.

Skill-Building Spaces

Instruction on everything from writing to graphic creation or video editing can be taught in Room 240. This classroom, which accommodates up to 28, features 20 iMacs with the Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro X, and various other tools. It is the only classroom in which the department continues to maintain computers, as Communications majors are now required to bring their own computers. When students bring their own computers into Room 260 (20 seats), they now have electrical outlets to keep their devices charged up during class.

Lecture Rooms

The building has four large lecture rooms (Rooms 220, 264, 270, and 380) with 42-49 seats and a medium-sized lecture room (Room 250) with 30 seats.

Focus Groups / Interview Rooms

The School of Communications provides two focus group rooms (Rooms 233 and 210) furnished with conference tables and chairs suited for private interactions among researchers and participants.

Conference and Seminar Rooms

The School has three conference rooms, one on each floor. Room 124 is primarily used as a meeting room for students involved in the professional labs. However, students can reserve this room for group work during available hours. The second floor has two rooms: Room 242 is primarily used as a seminar room for the graduate program and Room 210 is primarily used by the School Research Center. Each of these rooms may be used when available. The Department’s main meeting room is the Perkins Conference Room. Named after former department chair, the late Michael Perkins, and equipped for teleconferencing, this room is located in Room 370.

Support Facilities

Equipment Checkout – This room stores audio and visual recording equipment while it is not in use. Communications students and faculty can checkout this equipment during normal hours. The room is open and available to communications students weekdays from 8-4. Their phone number is (801) 422-6178. Equipment includes:

  • Audio recorders
  • Microphones
  • Video cameras
  • Still photography cameras
  • Tripods

Printing Room – Students can use Open Access to print assignments and other documents in Room 268.

Audio Recording – There are two audio recording studios on the first floor: Room 119 is configured for two microphones and features a telephone interface; Room 121 is configured for one microphone. Each of these rooms are equipped with audio editing software.

Internship and Career Placement – The School’s  internship and career placement advisor and staff are located in Room 280.

Academic Advisement – The School of Communications has a full-time academic advisor, available in Room 267 BRMB and D-444 in the HFAC. Students can make appointments by calling (801) 422-3777.