Immersive Virtual Worlds

Spring 2020

ISS | VMS 270S

Augustus Wendell

W 10:05am-12:35pm | Perkins LINK 072 (Classroom 6)

Theory, practice, and creation of 3D virtual worlds. Hands-on design and development of online collaborative simulation environments. Introduction to graphics workflow for creating virtual world media assets. Critical exploration of state-of-the-art virtual world technologies; 3D graphics, chat, voice, video, and mixed reality systems. Topics include: history/culture of virtual worlds, identity and avatars; behavioral norms; self-organizing cultures; user-generated content, virtual world economies; architectural scalability.

Course Attributes:

(STS) Science, Technology, and Society

3D Modeling & Animation

Spring 2014


Raquel Salvatella de Prada

WF 10:05-11:20 am Smith Warehouse 228

This course introduces the basic concepts of 3D modeling and animation using 3D software Autodesk Maya. Preliminary sketches, concepts and designs precede every project. Polygon and Nurbs modeling, texture mapping, lighting, and rendering are covered as well as 3D printing and animation. Animations skills are strengthened by the study of motion and traditional animation techniques. A final project allows students to experiment and creatively combine the acquired skills.

3D Design & Programming in Art & Medicine

Spring 2014

VMS 590S/ECE 590

Mark Olson, Mariano Tepper

W 1:25 pm-3:55 pm Wired Lab, Smith Warehouse

This co-taught course (AAVHS and Electrical/Computer Engineering) will pair engineers and computer scientists with students from history, media studies and other humanities disciplines to create gesture-based interactive displays that will actively engage the public with art. The goal of the course is to design interactive digital displays for an exhibition of the medieval collection (Brummer Collection) of the Nasher Museum in 2015.

The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Athens

ARTHIST 208 | CLST 248

Sheila Dillon

Nikos Gkiokas

MW 11:45am - 1:00pm | Smith Warehouse, Bay 11, Rm A233, Wired! Lab

Athens was one of the great cities of antiquity.  As the place in which democracy, philosophy, and the theater were born, it is foundational for understanding much of the development of the western world. With its unusually rich surviving material and literary record, it forms an ideal setting in which to explore relationships of ancient to modern, landscape to built-scape, material to literary record amongst others.  This course, team-taught by professors at both Duke University and The American College of Greece-Deree, will use the Classical through Roman visible physical remains of Athens as a focus to explore the changing face of the city through in-class and cross-continent reading and debate, digital creation and on-site exploration.  Teamwork between students in Greece and the US will be a major component of the course. Students will learn to manage and present information with Omeka and Neatline.

NB: The course includes a mandatory, full-funded trip to Athens during Spring Break. The enrollment cap is therefore set to 10. Preference will be given to sophomores and juniors, and to those students interested in learning digital visualization tools.

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Art & Archaeology of Ancient Athens

Spring 2020 | Spring 2014

ARTHIST 208 | CLST 248-01


Timothy Shea

TTh 8:30-9:45am | Smith Warehouse, Bay 9, A290

Monuments, archaeology, art, and topography of ancient Athens from the Archaic to the Roman period. Examination of the physical remains of the city and countryside to trace the development of one of the most important city-states in the Greek world and to understand its impact on western civilization. Case study in understanding the role of archaeology in reconstructing the life and culture of the Athenians.

Instructor Consent Required

Class Attributes:

(CCI) Cross Cultural Inquiry
Cross-listed in another department
(ALP) Arts, Literature & Performance
(CZ) Civilizations

View a previous student project from this course: Commercial Architecture in the Athenian Agora and Port Cities.


The Art & Archeaology of Ancient Athens

Art in Renaissance Italy

Spring 2021 | Spring 2016

ARTHIST 255-01 | MEDREN 225-01 | ITALIAN 386-01

Kristin Huffman

M 1:45-4:15PM Online

This course focuses on the art and culture of Renaissance Italy, beginning in the early 15th century with the groundbreaking sculpture of Ghiberti and Donatello and concluding at the end of the 16th century with the monumental projects of urban renewal in Rome. The class considers a range of artists, some well known such as Michelangelo and Titian, others less studied but who also made significant contributions to the period. An understanding of emerging Renaissance artistic ideals and a modern attitude to art is central to the subject; additionally, this class seeks to develop an awareness of the many ways in which Renaissance spectators experienced art and architecture. By opening up the Renaissance to varied perceptions and interpretative frameworks, this class moves beyond common generalizations of Renaissance individualism or Renaissance rebirth. To do this, a range of topics and issues will be explored that include important, yet at times overlooked themes in a survey course: public versus private display, “high and low” art (painting, sculpture, architecture vs. textiles, glass, ceramics, furniture), visual imagery used both to promote and subvert politically driven propaganda, foreign communities and foreign artists, women as both patrons and practitioners, centers and peripheries (cosmopolitan versus “provincial” art).

Course Attributes:

(CCI) Cross Cultural Inquiry
Cross-listed in another department
(ALP) Arts, Literature & Performance
(CZ) Civilizations

The Archaeology of Ancient Britain

Spring 2013

VMS 290S

Rebecca Bennett

This course will take you on a journey through the development of human society and culture in the British Isles before written records began. From the first migratory hunters to the Roman conquest, we will examine the key themes of settlement and society of ancient communities through an exploration of the tools and techniques available to archaeologists. Students will have the opportunity to hone their detective skills, piecing together various forms of evidence into cogent stories of the past using various Wired! technologies including GIS, GoogleEarth and Sketch-up. Students will demonstrate their understanding by drawing on digital archives and materials to re-interpret an archaeological investigation of their choice in an innovative and engaging way.

Art of Renaissance Venice

Fall 2018

ARTHIST 190FS-01 | MEDREN 190FS-01 | ITALIAN 190FS-01

Kristin L. Huffman

W 1:25-3:55pm | Nasher Museum Seminar Rm 119

The course presents an expansive picture of the art and society of Renaissance Venice. Residents, both individually and collectively, fashioned an image of the city as unprecedented and exceptional through art and architecture. Venice was indeed unique— a city built on water— and sponsors commissioned works of art as a way to promote the city as unparalleled in beauty, splendor, and glory. The thriving economy and possibility for work attracted some of the most important artists practicing at the time, including Titian, Veronese, and Jacopo Sansovino. While advancing the city’s claims, these artists quickly learned how to capitalize on visual language for self-promotion and career advancement; patrons did too. The class considers a range of artistic patronage, a spectrum of artistic commissions, and a number of the most celebrated Renaissance artists.

This course is part of the Scientists, Artists, and Lawyers of Medieval and Renaissance Europe 2018 FOCUS cluster.

Building Duke: An Architectural History of Duke Campus from 1924 to Today

Spring 2020 | Spring 2019


Kristin Huffman, Hannah Jacobs

Tu-Th 3:05-5:35pm | Wired! Lab (Smith, Bay 11, A233)

Building Duke is a research seminar and laboratory on the architectural history of Duke Campus based on original archival materials (photos, blueprints, contracts, letters, and financial records) preserved in Duke Library collections. The course explores the variety of interpretative lenses in the field of architecture history, including (but not limited to) issues of style, patronage, labor, gender, and race. It analyzes notions of cultural identity as construed by Duke founders and administrators and as imprinted on Duke Campus by its architects and landscape designers. The students will produce original research projects based on primary materials and digital visualizations of changes in the physical fabric of Duke Campus through time.

Codes: Seminar, ALP, R


Image Credit: Duke University Archives


Brittany Forniotis

Kayla Marr

Daphne Turan

Jacqui Geerdes


Building Duke

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Chateaux of the Loire Valley

Spring 2014


Sara Galletti

TH 11:45 am-1:00 pm, Lab 1:25-3:55 pm Wired Lab, Smith Warehouse

The course explores the architecture of the French chateau from the time of Charles VIII (1483–98) to the time of Henri III (1574–89) in its relationship to the social structure of the court, to the political and economic environments of late fifteenth- and sixteenth-century France, as well as in the context of warfare and territorial conquest at both the regional and national level.