|Making Digital Holograms - COFA0928|
(Fully online postgraduate course)
Do you want to be a pioneer in the relatively new area of digital holography? Do you want to take your 3D computer artwork into a static, yet dynamic time-based dimension that only holograms can provide?
This advanced digital hologram course will familiarise you with the workflow process and technical/aesthetic issues involved in creating and rendering computer graphic scenes for conversion into digital holograms. The course will begin by introducing you to the relevant aspects of 3D modelling, lighting and texturing in Maya necessary for the creation of a holographic scene. No previous knowledge of Maya or 3D is necessary.
As the course progresses, you will undertake many skill building exercises, online group discussions, analysis and critiques, as well as an introductory exploration to the theory of holographic space and composition. This process will allow you to understand and apply the principles you will need to prepare your 3D scenes for holographic conversion. For your major project, you will work toward a final composition, render out its images, and send it via the Internet to an international holographic company. They will convert your files into a hologram and post the finished work to you.
The course will conclude with an online exhibition of everyone’s 3D scenes with the holograms arriving a period after the completion of the course. An extra cost of approximately AU $225 is necessary (depending on exchange rates) to cover the production cost, shipping and an optional viewing stand and lamp to optimally display the final work.
*Requirements for this course: A PC or Mac running Windows (XP or later) or Mac OSX with a minimum 1GB memory and 10GB hard disk storage space available, and a video card that supports open GL; broadband level of internet connection to access training videos; and students must have access to a Maya license (students are eligible for considerable discount on an education license purchase for Maya or can work with the freely downloadable Personal Learning Edition - PLE). Additionally, Sydney based students may also be able to access the software via the CoFA computer labs).
IMPORTANT NOTE: Students will receive course website location and log in instructions via their UNSW email account prior to the commencement of the course.