MA IMMERSIVE ARTS

Course Development, 2019

I've been developing a new MA Course between Liverpool Screen School and Liverpool School of Art and Design.

The MA in Immersive Arts explores immersive storytelling experiences, augmented reality, projection mapping, interactive environments, holographics and mixed reality content production and experience design.

The MA Immersive Arts is a pioneering degree where students will explore and experiment with making applications, prototypes and experiences in augmented reality, mixed reality, projection mapping, holographics, future screens and virtual reality. It is run collaboratively between the Liverpool Screen School and the Liverpool School of Art and Design in dedicated lab facilities, with access to cutting-edge equipment, software and practical research expertise.

From design, education, marketing and health to entertainment, arts and theatre, immersive technologies have been making an impact across a number of sectors over the last few years. This course will prepare students with the skills and conceptual abilities to develop content, experiences and applications for a number of industries.

Exploring techniques and innovation in immersive storytelling, experience design, content creation, artistic practice, exhibition and installation. This course will enable students to develop the next generation of spatial experiences in an industry that is predicted to have a huge growth over the next decade.

Modules include:

  • Immersive Storytelling - where students will learn about the techniques used to engage audiences in immersive experiences across a variety of platforms and contexts. Drawing upon areas such as experience design, games design, immersive theatre, interactive media and immersive arts practice.

  • Immersive Arts Lab - learning practical creative skills across experience design in mixed reality, augmented reality, binaural sound, volumetric and spatial design, interactive development, sensor based media and immersive display techniques.

  • Collaborative Project - working collaboratively with peers and an external partner, responding to a arts, media and design challenge and/or an opportunity for working on socially engaged immersive practice.

  • Research and Proposal - developing R&D skills and knowledge to develop, test and prototype a creative practice proposal.

  • Immersive Arts Project - A major practice-based creative project in an area of interest to you.

It expands on the University's internationally recognised research and teaching from media, film, art and design- which includes research across immersive arts, immersive documentary and fiction production, 3d digital art, augmented reality, mixed reality, holographics, virtual reality and immersive theatre. The team behind it has recently put on the Immersive Storytelling Research Symposium involving industry and academics from across the UK to explore the future of research in these growing mediums.

It is aimed at creatives with diverse backgrounds in digital art & design, media & film, animation and 3d modelling, motion graphics, computer science & games, theatre and music production. This interdisplinary course is designed to appeal to people looking at developing and shaping their immersive practice and creative skills.

Peter Woodbridge, Programme Leader, says “It’s a really exciting time to be working at the intersection of creativity, storytelling, digital arts and emerging technology. We wanted to design a course that wasn't just focused on virtual reality headsets, although we cover that too, and we are incorporating a wide range of practical immersive technology skills into the programme. This includes spatial experience design, projection mapping, augmented reality, binaural sound, physical-digital art practice and new capture, simulation and display techniques and technologies."

"Students on this course will be investigating and inventing new ways to engage audiences in spatial story and arts experiences by learning about what happens when our definitions of media arts go beyond the screen. Its about making new possibilities, ideas, experiences, installations and applications for engaging audiences across a number of areas.”.

The course is being developed in consultation with creative industry, arts and wider business partners, including a number of national companies and organisations, as well as Liverpool's and the North West's thriving immersive technology sector.

Please email Peter Woodbridge for more details about getting involved (p.j.woodbridge@ljmu.ac.uk)

Apply now to the MA in Immersive Arts.