This course is offered online in synchronous format.
In this collaboration between Penn and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA), students will work with curators to create virtual reality projects connected to the museum’s collections. This full online course mixes virtual reality theory, history, and practice. We will read a wide range of scholarship, manifestoes, and memoirs that examine virtual reality and other immersive technologies, stretching from the 18th century to today. We will explore virtual reality projects, including narrative and documentary films, commercial applications, and games. We will work with many different virtual reality systems. And we will learn the basics of creating virtual reality, making fully immersive 360-degree films using VR equipment. Finally, we will collaborate with Philadelphia Museum of Art curators to create virtual reality experiences based around the museum’s objects and exhibits. Students will gain an understanding of the unique approaches needed to appeal to museum visitors in a public setting, so we can make viable experiences for them. No previous knowledge of VR or experience is necessary.