Media Production for Interactive Environments - TFT00018I

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  • Department: Theatre, Film and Television
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Jonathan Hook
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module summary

This module introduces you to the 3D virtual environments that games, interactive stories, simulations and other forms of immersive interactive media are set within. In lectures, you’ll learn about how 3D virtual environments work from a technical perspective — studying topics including representing indoor and outdoor scenes, cameras, lighting, collision detection, 3D audio and even some basic AI. You’ll also learn learn how to design your environments so that they guide the user and present a narrative, and have a chance to build on your 3D modelling skills to incorporate animation. In practical classes you’ll put this knowledge into action by creating your own fully functioning interactive environments in the Unity game engine.

Module occurrences

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19

Module aims

  • To provide a realistic forum in which students can explore the aesthetic and
    practical application of visual and audio media production systems, to fulfill creative objectives.
  • To further develop and apply the theoretical and practical principles behind media
    production technologies introduced in Year 1.
  • To introduce students to the theoretical and practical principles behind the design and development of interactive media environments.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

  • Demonstrate knowledge of aesthetic and practical applications of visual and audio media production systems for interactive media environments.
  • Demonstrate how scientific image, sound and 3D graphics concepts taught in Year 1 can be translated into interactive media production practice.
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the theoretical and practical principles underpinning the design and development of interactive media environments.

Academic and graduate skills

  • Demonstrate ability to synthesize multiple media types into a single interactive media experience or system.
  • Demonstrate ability to evaluate the technical and aesthetic quality of visual and audio assets for interactive media experiences and systems.
  • Demonstrate ability to analyze and chose appropriate media production approaches and media types in a given problem domain.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Coursework assignment 2500 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Coursework assignment 2500 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

Students will receive individual oral feedback for the weekly practical lab sessions, during the lab sessions.

Students will receive written feedback on coursework assignments using a proforma identifying key requirements and marks awarded for sections of the assignment. This will be available within six weeks of submission, except in exceptional circumstances which will be communicated to the students.

Indicative reading

Indicative books:

  • Chopine, A. 3D Art Essentials: The Fundamentals of 3D Modeling, Texturing, and Animation. 2011, 978-0240814711.
  • Horowitz, S. The Essential Guide to Game Audio: The Theory and Practice of Sound for Games. 2014, 978-0415706704.
  • Williams, R. The Animator's Survival Kit: A Manual of Methods, Principles and Formulas for Classical, Computer, Games, Stop Motion and Internet Animators. 2012, 978- 0865478978.
  • Hughes, et al. Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice (3rd Edition). 2013, 978- 0321399526.
  • Eberly, D. Game Physics. 2010, 978-0123749031.
  • Goldstone, W. Unity 3.X Game Development Essentials. 2011, 978-1849691444.

 



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