PHOENIX – And… action! Film, video production and digital technology students will begin fall classes Thursday at Arizona State University’s new campus in downtown Mesa.
University officials expect the Media and Immersive eXperience Center, dubbed MIX, to house hundreds of students at the Centennial Way facility between First and Main streets.
Construction took 2½ years with an investment of $100 million from the City of East Valley and ASU.
“This state-of-the-art facility is a game-changer for downtown Mesa,” Mayor John Giles said in a news release Wednesday.
ASU said students will make movies, design virtual worlds and video games, and create other immersive multimedia experiences of all types.
“We are proud to work with the city to open up and help downtown Mesa and surrounding areas thrive,” said ASU President Michael Crow.
The building also houses the production and post-production programs of the Sidney Poitier New American Film School and is part of ASU at Mesa City Center, which includes a plaza for public use that includes space and a large screen for viewing movies.
ASU’s film production programs enroll about 700 students, said Steven Tepper, dean of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, but that number is expected to double over three to five years.
Other programs offered at the school “will develop technology that will impact many industries, such as games, film and design, as well as applications that will serve healthcare, aviation and manufacturing. tip,” Giles said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.