Groundworks is a walk-in, self-service media lab with hardware and software for audio, video, animation and fabrication projects.

Groundworks is open whenever
the building is open. Currently:
Sun-Sat, open 24 hours

Building Hours

Student Consultants are available during staffed hours only.

Staffed Hours (summer):
Mon-Fri, 9 am-6 pm
Saturday, No staff onsite
Sunday, Noon-6 pm

Location: 1315 Duderstadt Center

Contact: (734) 647-5739

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Groundworks Resources

Learn about our still life table, recording booth, media conversion rack, drawing tablets, scanners, extensive software list, and more.


Groundworks Virtual OrientationNEW

Intended for new users who wish to learn about GroundWorks resources and gain access to the Multimedia Workrooms or the Recording Booth. The 30 minute online orientation covers the basic set up of hardware and software in the lab, equipment within the Multimedia Workrooms and the Recording booth, and policies regarding lab use and reservable spaces. The online orientation will prepare users to start working on their projects within a few hours of their orientation.

The Personal Studio Orientation (Monday – Friday at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm) is a requisite introduction to the software and equipment provided in the DMC’S popular video production room. Read more about the Personal Studio.

In person orientations begin in Groundworks and are led by a Ground Connections student consultants. Large groups, including classes and student organizations, can schedule in person orientations by emailing In person orientations are currently on hold.

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Learning & Teaching

We offer in-person workshops and provide a variety of tutorials and guides including special resources for remote and hybrid teaching and learning. Read more about our learning resources.

Go directly to our featured presentation “360 Visualization Support at the Duderstadt Center”

a photo of the components of a still camera kit available through Groundworks Media Checkout

Groundworks Media Checkout

In collaboration with the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library and with North Campus instructors, Groundworks provides equipment for checkout to support instruction and class projects. Learn more