Johnson & Wales Boasts Dynamic Lab Spaces and High-Impact Classrooms

Johnson & Wales University’s dynamic lab spaces and facilities are designed to fuel students’ intellectual curiosity and professional development.

Hands-on learning is a cornerstone of a Johnson & Wales University (JWU) education, and the university’s dynamic lab spaces and facilities are designed to fuel students’ intellectual curiosity and professional development.

The university believes that learning by doing is one of the most effective and high-impact ways to learn — which is why experiential learning has been woven into all aspects of a JWU education, in and out of the classroom, for more than 100 years.

Explore some of these immersive learning spaces below:

Center for Media Production

An arsenal of high-end video and photo equipment, two light-controlled studios, a soundproofed podcast studio, two editing suites, a writer’s room and 24 powerful Mac Pro work stations — these are just some of the features that JWU’s Center for Media Production has to offer.

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Advertising Lab

The secret to launching your advertising career? Working on real campaigns, before you graduate. Building your advertising portfolio with campaigns for real clients. JWU’s Advertising Lab is where students hone their real-world skills in marketing strategy, copywriting, art direction and where they put all those skills together to develop, coordinate and launch campaigns.

Center for Physician Assistant Studies

JWU’s 18,000-sq. foot facility is designed to maximize information sharing, teamwork and collaboration between PA students, faculty and community colleagues, with a cadaver-based anatomy lab, clinical practice center, and lecture halls with global teleconferencing capabilities.

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Criminal Justice Lab

With a state-of-the-art crime lab and crime-scene staging room, JWU Criminal Justice students have access to a wide range of forensic equipment that allows them to learn about evidence collection, criminal procedure, blood spatters and bullet trajectories, forensic analysis, and the latest techniques for processing evidence, analyzing data and conducting research.

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Delaware North SEEM Lab

In addition to being the Official Education Partner of TD Garden and the Boston Bruins, JWU also teamed up with Delaware North — a global leader in food service and hospitality — to design their innovative Sports, Entertainment, Event — Management (SEEM) Lab to mimic a real industry setting. Modeled after a luxury suite in TD Garden, the lab features a 20-foot wide interactive video screen and a sleek conference room.

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Occupational Therapy Labs

In 2019, JWU officially unveiled its entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) — the first of its kind in Rhode Island. This program has two main lab spaces:

An Occupations Lab which integrates a modified home setup — including a living room, kitchen and bathroom — with high-tech training equipment, including a testing device for balance assessment, a hospital bed area for practice interactions with an artificial-intelligence patient, and a 3-D printer for the production of splints and adapted equipment.

An Action Lab which is designed for active work with clients with a variety of physical needs, such as mobility impairments. It also houses a driving simulator used to assess impairments in visual, cognitive and motor abilities that may limit driving ability and performance.

Food Innovation Design Lab (FIDL)

JWU’s Food Innovation Design Lab (FIDL) is where culinary science and product development students develop their own market-ready foods from scratch. Students research the market, study competitive products, source and price ingredients, and develop and refine a shelf-stable recipe. The FIDL and the College of Food Innovation & Technology (CFIT) allow students to pursue emerging culinary careers like food package design, sustainable food sourcing and development, food safety and regulation, product development and much more.

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Exercise and Sports Science Lab

A pod that measures body mass index. A treadmill with a harness that can accommodate Olympic-speed runners. A system used by the National Football League (NFL) to assess balance. A scientifically proven device to evaluate athletes for their risk of injury. All of this and more is available to Johnson & Wales students, faculty and researchers in the College of Health & Wellness’ Exercise and Sports Science Lab.

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