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Besides the standard Microsoft Office applications, SOC’s computing labs and editing suites feature a variety of more specialized software applications. For web authoring, graphic design, and digital imaging, we maintain the latest versions of Adobe’s Creative Suite, as well as the following:

  •   After Effects
  •  Fireworks
  •  Dreamweaver
  •  Flash

For our Film and Media Arts students using our Mac computers, we feature Avid's Media Composer, as well as Apple’s Final Cut Pro Studio (FCP) for their audio, video, and motion graphics production needs. FCP Studio includes the following applications:

  •   Final Cut Pro
  • Soundtrack Pro
  • DVD Studio Pro
  • Cinema Tools

SOC’s Journalism and Public Communication students using our Windows facilities can also use the following software applications:

  •   Avid Newscutter XP
  • Adobe's Audacity
  • Associated Press’s ENPS
  • SPSS


Generally speaking, the SOC Technology Unit’s operating policies are geared toward meeting or exceeding one overarching goal: Providing superb technology to as many users (students, faculty, staff) as possible. We are constantly evaluating and re-evaluating our specific operating policies, practices, and procedures to ensure we can meet or exceed that objective on a regular basis.

The following are examples of policies and procedures we have in place:

  • Food or drink is not allowed in SOC technology facilities
  • SOC facilities are reserved specifically for SOC students
  • Repair of SOC equipment is performed only by qualified staff
  • Scheduling computer use in SOC labs and editing suites is recommended
  • Technology support requests should be submitted to the SOC Techline

To learn more about our policies in specific technical facilities (like our Equipment Room, Wechsler Theatre, or Computing Labs), please visit those facilities’ Web pages.


The SOC Techline, SOC's technology helpdesk operation, is located in The Hub in MGC 330N. It is open Mon.- Fri. 9-5. For help, please call x3570, e-mail us at soctechilne AT american DOT edu, or just stop by the Hub. Walk-ins are always welcome.

  • For help in our labs, check in with our staff in the SubHub (MGC 325)
  • Need info about our computing facilities? Visit our Computing page
  • Want to learn more about digital video? Check out our MPC page
  • For photography help, please visit our Photo page or Office (MGC 307)
  • Want to schedule some time in the TV Studio? Call Ali Shirazi at x2888

To find out what's going on behind-the-scenes in the Hub, you can visit our Wiki. Please also check out our Techline Weblog to find out how to avoid the latest risks of malware infestation on your computer at school, at work, or at home.