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Mixed Reality, Unity, Italo Calvino, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality
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Exploring the Mixed Reality Landscape

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4 Sessions / 13 hours of work per session
Included w/ premium membership ($20/month)
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Mixed Reality, Unity, Italo Calvino, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality
Course Description

The media of mixed reality allows for increasingly immersive experiences that blend the virtual and real, and that change how we perceive and think about what is real. This course attempts to place the evolution of mixed reality in the long history of humans hacking perceptions of reality: from pyramids to cathedrals to google earth VR, from cave paintings to novels to film to immersive cinema.

This course will introduce you to the different forms mixed reality takes. We will:

  • Learn about the different hardware platforms mixed reality spans, like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and understand their differences.
  • Practice creating by taking a short story from Italo Calvino and seeing how it translates into mixed reality.
  • Understand the context of mixed reality as it relates to philosophy and psychology.
  • Critically review currently available mixed reality experiences to be inspired and understand best practices.

This course is in adaptive mode and is open for enrollment. Learn more about adaptive courses here.

Session 1: Introduction to Mixed Reality (December 10, 2019)
In this session, we'll take a look at an overview of mixed reality, the brief history of virtual reality and examine the array of virtual and augmented reality hardware currently available.
5 lessons
1. Introduction to Mixed Reality
2. The Evolution of Mixed Reality
3. Headsets Demo (Premium Exclusive)
4. Augmented Reality Demos
5. Recap and Outro (Premium Exclusive)
Session 2: Hacking Reality: Rendering Space + Unity Basics (December 17, 2019)
In this session, we discuss the ​two main approaches to rendering content for mixed reality, and then we dive into Unity!
6 lessons
1. Rendering Content for Mixed Reality
2. 360 Video
3. Dynamic 3D
4. Unity: Interface and 360 Mapping
5. Unity: VR Integration and Assets (Premium Exclusive)
6. Unity: Building a World (Premium Exclusive)
Session 3: Perspectives from Philosophy and Psychology (December 24, 2019)
In this session, we address the concept of perception from historical, research-based, to artistic perspectives.
3 lessons
1. Perception in the Evolution of Technology
2. Research and Models of Perception
3. Perception in Artistic Movements (Premium Exclusive)
Session 4: Inspiration: Deconstructing Today's Experiences (December 31, 2019)
In this final session, we will critically deconstruct current mixed reality experiences (ie: video games to Google Tilt Brush) to understand how they use perception.
5 lessons
1. The Lab Demo
2. Alumette Demo
3. Google Tilt Brush Demo
4. Google Blocks Demo (Premium Exclusive)
5. Course Outro
Learning Outcomes

Below you will find an overview of the Learning Outcomes you will achieve as you complete this course.

Instructors & Guests
What You Need to Take This Course
  • Equipment (optional): Windows 10 PC (2015 or later), Oculus Rift CV1
  • Software: Unity (free version)
  • Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino (link to purchase via Amazon available in the resources)
Additional Information

Please note: Taking part in a Kadenze course as a Premium Member, does not affirm that the student has been enrolled or accepted for enrollment by Pacific Northwest College of Art.

In order to receive college credit for these program courses, you must successfully complete and pass all 3 courses in this program. If a student signs up for the Creating for Mixed Reality program, it is recommended that these courses are taken sequentially.

*Partial credit will not be awarded for completion of only one course.

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