ITP, the graduate new media program at Tisch, is launching an interdisciplinary undergraduate Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Interactive Media Arts (IMA). The IMA program starts from the proposition that computation — the ability to code, learn new software, manipulate data, and create physical + digital interactions — is an essential creative capability, and that students who master those capabilities will be well-placed to invent the future. At the program’s core is the conviction that digital expression is an essential skill for all — artists, writers, and designers as well as programmers and engineers. 

The Spring 2018 class described below, Comm Lab: Hypercinema, is an ITP course, but it is designed and intended for the undergraduate community. It is meant to provide core, foundational material for anyone who may be interested in the IMA major. It is also a stand-alone course for any undergraduate who wants to explore the new narrative strategies and techniques embedded in AR, VR and related topics.

There are no pre-requisites — it is open to all undergraduate students.  No special permission from ITP is required.


Comm Lab: Hypercinema

ITPG-GT 2191 | 4 units | Instructor: Gabe Barcia-Colombo

Today we can construct immersive worlds in virtual reality or control a character entirely with code, but how does this new technology influence and impact the way we tell stories? With 3D assets and motion capture becoming more readily available, is it possible to treat cinema more as a digital collage than static frame? Can we bring cinematic characters off the screen and into our reality or place the viewer into an entirely fabricated interactive world? 

Over the course of the semester, students will examine the future of immersive storytelling through a series of experiments in Virtual Reality, 360 video creation, video mapping and interactive narrative. Working with ITP instructor Gabe Barcia-Colombo, students will get hands on experience with filming for VR, 3D scanning, animating characters in augmented reality and constructing immersive narrative experiences.

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