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Audio Visual Technologies


Audio Visual Technologies (AVT) focuses on academic and event technology support across all of Pepperdine University's Southern California campuses. AVT plans, designs, and integrates audio visual technology for more than 200 spaces to provide a simple, consistent, and reliable experience.

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Business Hours: 8 AM - 5 PM, MON- FRI
Thornton Administration Center (TAC) 177



The Big Picture

  Provided Services

Academic Support

In partnership with all Pepperdine schools, AVT manages, maintains, and monitors the AV systems in each classroom at every Southern California campus in partnership with local IT technicians. This joint effort prevents technology downtime by routinely conducting service checks on equipment and helps faculty resolve in-class AV issues to minimize the impact on teaching and learning. AVT also leads the AV Refresh Program, a portfolio of projects that refresh approximately 20% of university classrooms each year with simple, consistent, and reliable classroom technology.

Event Support

In partnership with University departments ranging from the President's Office to various student groups, AVT coordinates the planning and execution of thousands of events every year. Common event services include setups, tech checks, and training sessions. For inquiries regarding technology recommendations or best practices, please email To request support for your next event, please submit an Event Technology Request form.

For inquiries regarding the Smothers Theater space, check out Pepperdine Facilities.

AV Projects

In addition to the aforementioned AV Refresh Program, AVT partners with University departments to upgrade or install new AV equipment in conference rooms and shared event spaces.

  Best Practices


Please reach out to ATV with service requests as early as possible. The earlier AVT receives requests, the better the result. With more than 2,500 requests submitted per year, AVT does its best to coordinate with all our Pepperdine partners. Proper notice maximizes the likelihood of a high-quality experience.

For event requests, AVT recommends organizers submit an event request form at least two weeks prior to each event. Requests submitted with less than three (3) business days of advance notice cannot be guaranteed to receive support. Your partnership helps AVT coordinate resources and plan event details. Success depends on communication. AVT enters event information into Google Calendar, consults with organizers, and makes necessary modifications. AVT advises stakeholders on developing action plans and scheduling resources in advance.

For project requests, AVT recommends preparing a detailed list of requirements as well as a budget. The earlier we have this information, the better we can execute the project.


Dry runs (or practice sessions) are highly recommended for all events and involve the following steps:

  1. The event organizer solicits and gathers all electronic presentation materials (e.g., PowerPoints, Keynotes, videos, etc.) ahead of time on a thumb drive or other portable device. Note: Streaming or online media may not be allowed. For streaming requests, please contact the IMC department.
  2. The event organizer loads presentation materials onto a single laptop computer or portable device.
  3. AVT provides the event organizer with a checklist for the presentation system. Examples include updating the laptop's operating system and presentation software ahead of time, turning off any notifications, plugging into power, and closing any non-essential applications, especially email and streaming media applications.
  AV Spaces

Shared Event Spaces

Large lecture and performance space with a full built-in screen at the front

AVT manages and maintains the audio-visual technology in several shared event spaces on the Malibu campus. These spaces are multi-purpose rooms that can be used for classes, meetings, seminars, panels, presentations, and more. Features of these spaces can include surround-sound audio systems, multi-channel mixer consoles, up to a dozen wireless lavalier and handheld microphones, laser projectors, rear projection screens, lecture capture, feedback monitors, touch panel controllers, and live-stream web cameras.

Shared event spaces include:

  • Elkins Auditorium
  • Stauffer Chapel
  • Wilburn Auditorium
  • Hahn Fireside Room
  • Tyler Campus Center Light House


Pepperdine classroom with AV capabilities

AVT manages and maintains  Pepperdine classroom technology. While select rooms have specialized hardware for specific fields, standard classrooms include:

  • Laser Projector
  • Electric screen
  • Wireless lavalier microphone
  • PTZ camera
  • Speakers
  • Podium or AV rack with a PC
  • HDMI input wallplate
  • Touch panel controller
  • Blu-ray player

AV Prototype Space

Small conference room with AV capabilities

Located in TAC 177A, the AV Prototype Space showcases new and experimental technologies for potential classroom and conference room integration. The space is regularly updated with new features and functionality.

If you would like to schedule a visit, please reach out to AVT to make a reservation.


Tech Central

Phone: 310.506.4357 (HELP)

Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year

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