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Creating Virtual Environments in a Multidisciplinary Classroom

Wednesday, 3 August, 8:30 - 10 am
Room 502B

This paper reports on an interdisciplinary course, Computing and Art, taught at Sabanci Üniversitesi, Istanbul, for the first time in the fall of 2004. The two faculty members teaching the course, and the students, are 50 percent from the visual communication design department and 50 percent from the computer science department. Two-student teams, one from each department, create interactive 3D virtual environments. The challenge is to develop real-time graphics software and well-designed virtual spaces and/or interfaces, but the primary mission is to create meaningful content that can be implemented in a non-linear spatial structure, with non-linear narrative. This requires content development, scenario and dialogue writing, as well as research on relevant social, historic, audio, or scientific data, when and as needed.

Selim Balcisoy
Sabanci Üniversitesi
balcisoy (at)

Elif Ayiter
Sabanci Üniversitesi