The University of Huddersfield has validated multidisciplinary courses in multimedia and virtual-reality design. Close collaboration between students and staff from the schools of design technology and engineering, which developed the courses, provides parallel ba and bsc routes after a common first year. The idea is to centre them around individual and group design projects to encourage cross-fertilisation of ideas between visual/spatial designers and creative technologists across all four degree routes and with other courses.
'We are moving into this area in recognition that people meet, work and play in a mixed territory that is part real and part simulated, this we see as an architectural issue,' said course leader Derek Hales. 'Students will be given the chance to challenge accepted views of vr as a simulation of reality (without denying that it can be). Students may propose alternative, innovative models of our material world in the new territory of the immaterial, avoiding banal metaphors that consider the simulated space as a reproduction of real space [which] requires original visions based on a profound understanding of space, form and behaviour - human or otherwise.'
Prospective students can apply by direct entry for September 1998 by contacting Derek Hales, course leader and partner in design practice Core Architects, tel: 01484 473134, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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