Immersive Spaces: Augmented Reality - RISD Summer Programs course

Immersive Spaces: Augmented Reality

Augmented reality (AR) overlays digital content and information onto the physical world—as if it’s actually there with you–in your own space. AR opens up new creative avenues for artists and designers who want to reinvent human experiences by blending the virtual and the real. Interest in AR increased exponentially in the last few years and the technology has significantly affected the arts, entertainment and other industries such as workplace training, social media content and news making.

In this course, students engage in a series of hands-on functional projects leading to a larger final project. Lectures, demonstrations and tutorials familiarize students with a variety of approaches and applications of AR. At the end of the course students will have several working prototypes and digital tools that can be used in their own practices, as well as a wide range of foundational skills required to develop their projects on multiple platforms. This course is open to visual artists, designers, illustrators, makers and creative individuals of all backgrounds. No coding experience is required. Students use free and professional solutions and platforms such as AR Foundation for the Unity game engine, Google’s ARCore, and Adobe Aero. Basic knowledge of Photoshop and/or 3D modeling is helpful.

RISD degree students: This course is equivalent to “Immersive Spaces” and a satisfactory completion of this course with a ‘C’ or better can count towards CTC requirements. This course offers 3 transfer credits with pre-approval from your department head using the “Transfer Credit Prior Approval for Major/Non Major Credit” form, found on the Registrar’s Office Forms page. Submit the signed form to the Registrar’s office and then complete the online course registration.

Course #4091
Mattia Casalegno

Schedule A
June 21–July 27, 2021 (no class July 5)
Mondays + Tuesdays, 10 am–1 pm ET
Online, Live

Tuition $2,300
3 Credits



Mattia Casalegno

Mattia Casalegno is an award-winning visual artist working in a range of media, from interactive installations and live media to kinetic sculptures and virtual reality. He exhibited internationally in festivals and museums, including MACRO, Auditorium, RomaEuropa and Netmage in Italy; Mutek in Canada; Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts in Taiwan; ISEA in South Korea; Chronus Art Center in China; Cimatics and Nuit Blanche in Belgium; Le Cube Museum in France; and the Satellite Fair, AxS Festival, YAA Museum and LACMA in the US. His work has been featured on media outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Art Tribune, the Creators Projects, Creative Applications, Hyperallergic, and more. Casalegno is a critic for RISD’s Experimental and Foundation Studies department, and also teaches for Pratt Institute’s Digital Arts department. Previously he taught at CUNY and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

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