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TITLE Creating Virtual Worlds

LEVEL 00 - Mod Pre-Tert, Foundation, Proficiency & DegreePlus

ECTS CREDITS Not Applicable

DEPARTMENT Degree Plus Programme

DESCRIPTION In this study-unit, students from different backgrounds are introduced to the basics of creating digital environments. As part of the study-unit, students will be able to experiment with interactive experiences, novel technologies such as virtual reality headsets, and the tools required to make content for them. A range of themes is tackled throughout the semester, each of which will be explored with a small group project. Through the use of the Unity3D game engine, students learn to visualize digital environments by arranging simple geometry, images, and video footage.

Learning Objectives:

• Understanding the basics of navigating and modifying objects in a 3D computer program;
• Understanding how a few lines of code can be used to make digital environments more interactive;
• Using Unity3D as a tool of creative expression;
• Conceptualize creative ideas;
• Communicate effectively within a small team.

Unit Material:

Appropriate unit material will be provided by the tutors during the sessions. To attend this course, a laptop capable of running Unity3D will be required. The program itself is freely available for download online. System requirements can be found here:

Previous experience in programming or specific software programs is not required, and varying levels of experience can be accommodated for within the course.


In keeping with the spirit of Degree Plus, there is no formal assessment associated with the unit. Students will however be assigned practical tasks to carry out under the supervision of the unit tutors. A certificate of attendance and of satisfactory completion of the unit will be provided at the end of the semester.

ADDITIONAL NOTES This unit may not be offered if there are an insufficient number of applicants.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Attendance No 100%

LECTURER/S Joseph Noel Grima (Co-ord.)

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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.

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