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Supporting Fine Arts Classes in Creating VR with Unity

Project Leads: Ed Dambik, UITS Research Technologies

Advanced Visualization Lab, Visualization and Analytics, UITS Research Technologies

Strolling through the woods in VR
Figure 1. Strolling through the woods in VR

Fine Arts students from Associate Professor Margaret Dolinsky's computer graphics classes showcased their immersive virtual reality environments in the Visualization & Collaboration Theater (VCT) with support from AVL. The show included diverse and imaginative interactive works from graduate and undergraduate first-time and repeat students enrolled in the class and visitors were able to experience them in full stereo 3D VR. 

Students were provided technical support for tools and hardware and software and techniques to help turn their artistic ideas into immersive virtual worlds which could be experienced and explored in detail by others. The students not only learned how to use the provided software but also invaluable techniques for solving problems as well as creating an immersive experience using 3D models, sound and interactivity.

Students from Dolinsky's computer graphics classes FINA D318, D418 and D510 used Unity, a tool for creating 3D environments, architectural visualizations and interactive media installations in conjunction with MiddleVR which enables them to display their projects using stereoscopic virtual reality on IU's large-format displays. The students exhibited their work in the VCT located at the Innovation Center room IC105 on Tuesday December 16 12:00 to 3:00 PM. The exhibition has been a tradition for Dolinsky's computer graphics students for well over a decade. The event was attended by faculty and students of IU as well as members of the public who got a unique view of how the arts and technology can benefit one another. 


IU's Advanced Visualization Lab is funded through the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology; is a unit of UITS Research Technologies; and is affiliated with the Pervasive Technology Institute. For questions about this project or to request a consultation, please contact vishelp@iu.edu.

NSF GSS Codes:

Primary Field: Multidisciplinary Studies (980) - Science, Technology, and Society

Secondary Field: Computer Science (401) - Information Science/Studies