Summer 2018 Italy Program

Historical Architectural Virtual Prototyping

Historical Architectural Virtual Prototyping will be a one-month + three-week experience that will immerse CSUEB students in historical architectural environments in Orvieto, Italy, and challenge them to develop cutting-edge virtual and augmented reality experiences and prototypes.

The program will be composed of two courses. The first course ENGR 4000 will meet in Italy to survey the architectural locations to collect all of the necessary information/history for their prototypes. Additionally, the Italy course portion will also focus on the initial development of the virtual prototypes. The second course ENGR 4001 will meet at Cal State East Bay where the students will finalize development and present their prototypes.

In the Italy portion of the program the students will be asked to participate in half-day daily work sessions, where they receive lectures and demonstrations, participate in class discussion, and work on their projects. When they won’t be working, the students will have the chance to explore the historically and culturally rich city of Orvieto and surrounding areas. The students will also have the chance to travel to Rome for a weekend. In the CSUEB portion of the program the students will have to finalize their prototype and develop marketing strategies/historical research reports for their prototypes.

Coursework

(Open to major and non-major students)

ENGR 4000 HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURAL VIRTUAL PROTOTYPING I
4 units

The first course ENGR 4000 (4 credits), which will last one month, will meet in Italy to survey the architectural locations to collect all of the necessary information for their prototypes. Additionally, the Italy course portion will also focus on the initial development of the virtual prototypes. The course will meet in an open floor classroom were the student groups will get to develop their prototypes.

ENGR 4001 HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURAL VIRTUAL PROTOTYPING II
4 units

The second course ENGR 4001 (4 credits), which will last 3 weeks, will meet at Cal State East Bay. During this course, the students will finalize their prototype and develop marketing strategies/historical reports for their prototypes. The final products of this experience will include an immersive VR/AR experience and a project report illustrating students’ development experience.

Program Activities

The goal of this interdisciplinary summer course is for student to learn how to design, develop and plan interactive visual prototypes. They will use innovative technology, such as virtual and augmented reality, to improve the historical preservation of structures and enhance community understanding of historical architecture.

Program Details

Dates: One month in Orvieto, Italy (June 19th – July 21st, 2018), three weeks in CSUEB (July 23rd – August 10, 2018)

Total Courses: 2

Total Units: 8

Costs*

Tuition: $1,752 (Tuition costs are subject to change at any time.)

Accommodations: $3,430 (lodging, orientation, some local transport, most activities, some group meals)

Estimated Additional Expenses

Flight: $1,500 (estimated)

Spending Money: $500

TOTAL: $8,100-$9,000

*charges subject to change

Passport/Visa Information

A valid Passport is required to travel outside of the United States.

Passport cost is $165.

Passports may take a few months to process, so students are encouraged to start the process early.

More information on the Passport process can be found here.

Please note: Prices and totals displayed are subject to change.

Scholarships

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Available to U.S. citizens who want to study abroad and who receive a Pell Grant. Recipients are awarded up to $5,000. The Gilman is an extremely competitive scholarship that requires an essay and proposal, so start the application early. For more information please visit the Gilman website.

Upcoming Info Sessions

  • Monday, January 22; 12:00-1:00 pm in VBT 217
  • Tuesday, January 23, 12:00-1:00 pm in SF 127
  • Thursday, January 25, 5:00-6:00 pm in VBT 217

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WHO CAN APPLY
Everyone can apply! Undergraduates and graduate students of every major are welcome to apply. However, we will be looking for students with at least one to two of the following skills sets and experience in:

  • Research skills of historical contexts and architecture.
  • User and marketing research.
  • 3D modeling software such as: CAD, BIM, and other (AutoCAD, Revit, SketchUp).
  • Site surveying and measuring.
  • Prototyping and design process.
  • Storyboarding and development of user-experiences and user-interfaces.
  • Programming languages such as: Java Script, Java, C++, C#.
  • Developing and managing data structure.
  • Developing game and visualization experiences with Unity game engine.
  • Developing multimedia experiences with VR/AR gear (such as OculusRift/HTC Vive or Hololens).

How can you increase your chances of getting accepted? In your application include the courses that you have completed that satisfy above requirements. Additionally, attach any supporting material that illustrates your ability in any of the above skills (this can be a video/website/portfolio/models/research reports). Show us what you can do!

Apply for Cal State East Bay’s Summer 2018 Italy Program here.

Completed applications are due by February 14, 2018.

Decision date is February 28, 2018.

First payment (Amount TBD) is due March 28, 2018.

Second payment (Amount TBD) is due June 11, 2018.

Apply early, spaces are very limited.

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