FTVM 304 - Topics in Media Production I
Fall 2020, Section 001 - Virtual Reality: Building Immersive Experiences
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is   Hybrid (see other Sections below)
Subject: Film, Television, and Media Std (FTVM)
Department: LSA Film, Television, and Media
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
FTVM 290 with a minimum grade of C- or better, and a declared major in Film, Television, and Media.
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This studio production course introduces students to the technical and conceptual foundations of Virtual Reality and immersive media production. We will examine VR within the framework of creative media arts, paying particular attention to immersive world-building, spatial storytelling, and interactive real-time experience design. Throughout the course, we will explore the possibilities of the medium by producing short VR projects for various platforms and headsets, including Oculus/HTC Vive and Google Cardboard. Alongside our production work, we will critically examine an array of VR/immersive works by artists, filmmakers, and critical game designers in order to gain an overview of the historical landscape of the field. Critique sessions and assignments push students to experiment with content, form, and aesthetics. Weekly production labs and exercises will develop competency in the technical, conceptual and artistic foundation for virtual reality and immersive media production.

Class Format:

This course will be a mix of synchronous and asynchronous instruction. Weekly lectures will be recorded and made available asynchronously, while short weekly studio meetings will be held in person in small groups (maximum 8 people) or will be held synchronously through Zoom. Students who cannot attend in person studio sessions will be able to participate remotely. Students may choose to opt out of in person studio meetings and take this course entirely online. Students near campus will be able to check out VR headsets from the University to use at home and will have access to media production studios outside of class time. Students who wish to participate entirely online are welcome. For students who participate entirely online, it is recommended to come to campus to check out a VR headset from the University or to have access to a smart phone. For students who are not located near campus and are unable to come to campus to check out equipment, it will be necessary to have access to a smart phone. All students will be given a Google Cardboard for use at home.


FTVM 304 - Topics in Media Production I
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001 (LEC)
MW 4:00PM - 6:00PM

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