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Virtual Reality & 3D Modelling - ARC00052M

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  • Department: Archaeology
  • Module co-ordinator: GB799
  • Credit value: 5 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20
B Autumn Term 2019-20

Module aims

  • This module introduces students to the principles of creating virtual reality models and enables them to create a series of models demonstrating the core skills of 3D modelling. The module will prepare students for the self-led development of expertise in this field following conclusion of studies. As well as the skills of 3D modelling we will also cover specific production skills needed for the development of assets for media outlets and museums.

    By engaging with VR modelling techniques, students will:

    Demonstrate an understanding of a range 3D modelling techniques

  • Be able to critically and creatively apply these skills within an archaeological setting

  • Be familiar with a range of 3D modelling and computer graphics software and be able to select appropriate tools for different tasks.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module the students will be able to:

Subject content

  • Apply knowledge of the use of 3D models and virtual reality in archaeological research and dissemination.

  • Understand when and how to use 3D modelling and virtual reality in archaeology

  • Create virtual reality models that are appropriate to the underlying archaeological data

Academic and Graduate Skills

  • Appropriately apply a range of transferrable 3D modelling skills

  • Make creative use of visual media to express complex information

  • Select appropriate media for a specific projects (e.g. games, VR or animation)

  • Develop 3D and animated content which is appropriate for use in broadcast and interactive media.

Module content

The module will be assessed using an online portfolio of work and accompanying report. The portfolio will be developed each week as the module proceeds and students will receive verbal feedback on their progress (including guidance on the development of technical and artistic skills) on a weekly basis, as well as receiving written feedback at the close of the module which will be returned to students according to the specifications outlined on the department’s assessment webpages.

Submission of the portfolio will be accompanied by a final written report which describes and critically reflects on the work undertaken during the course of the module. The written part of the work will be no more than 1500 words.

This assessment will, for those students that continue to work or conduct research in this field, be the foundation for a professional portfolio.

Where the need for re-assessment arises students will be asked to produce a critical visual essay which incorporates evidence of the practical work undertaken.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

Timing of written and verbal feedback is published on our deadlines pages:

Formative assessment

Summative assessment

Indicative reading

Reading lists are published to the module web pages or VLE.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.