Virtual Reality – How to Design Virtual Narrative Spaces

The workshop conveys substantial knowledge about virtual reality and how it can be used to create virtual narrative spaces. Participants will learn how to generate 3D models from real life objects and how to use a game engine to create an interactive virtual experience.

Virtual reality is not a hype that will pass but a technology that will change our lives both at home and work. This new medium brings designers and artists new potentials which allow experiencing the content in a spatial system and can be used as a design tool by itself.

This workshop is aimed at artist, architects, industrial or spatial designers who are interested in creating spatial environments or a piece of art that can be experienced in virtual reality, or who want to learn how to use virtual reality as a canvas for their ideas.

Important information: this is a basic workshop. We are not going to create games or highly complex interactive experiences!


Day 1: Virtual, Augmented, Mixed – The New States of Reality

The lecture gives an introduction to the concept of virtuality and an overview over the "history of immersion" (from the perspective stage images of the 17th century to the development of Oculus Rift virtual reality system). The second part of the lecture deals with the current technical versions of virtual reality and various content forms. In the third and fourth sections, social virtual reality applications and virtual reality art forms and projects will be presented.

3D Scanning – Industrial Methods and More Affordable Solutions

The workshop explains different methods of creating digital 3D models of tangible/real objects and spatial situations. Technologies range from complex laser scanning systems, hacked XBox-Kinect sensors to photogrammetry. The latter is explained in detail because of its relatively simple implementation. The necessary programs will be presented and the workflow will be demonstrated in detail.

Day 2: Introduction Into Unity3D – Part 01

You will get a basic introduction to the Unity3D environment and how video games are developed in general. You will learn how to create simple scenes.

Day 3: Introduction Into Unity3D – Part 02

Building upon the first part, you will learn about basic interactions, the simulation of physics and get a brief introduction into creative coding.

Day 4: Adding Sound and Animations

Adding the sound to your scenes will greatly intensify the feeling of immersion and the use of interactive and animated objects will bring your project to life.


You will get the time and support you need to assemble your first interactive virtual reality project and the results will be demonstrated, tested and discussed in the group.


Everyone should bring a more or less up-to-date notebook. A few weeks before the workshop starts, you will get an email listing the software you will need to install and the online accounts you might have to create. All the programs are free of charge for educational use.

Pablo Dornhege has been working as a freelance graphic designer since 1998 and as 3D artist and scenographer since 2005. In addition to his freelance work he gave lectures and workshops at different international universities and taught at the University of the Arts Berlin, first as research associate and lecturer and later as visiting professor for scenography and spatial systems. He investigates virtual reality as a medium for communication and its possible uses as a tool for development and designing of spatial environments.

Run period:
20.08.2019 – 23.08.2019
Course time:
10. am – 5. am
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Course fee:
EUR 430

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