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The MSc in Heritage Visualisation will equip candidates with the knowledge and skill sets required to create digital records and visualisations of heritage sites and objects of local, national and international significance.

Candidates will become familiar with the range of skills needed for the meaningful 3D documentation of cultural sites and heritage assets, and the ability to present them effectively for use by the varied user groups and audiences engaged in areas such as cultural heritage management, conservation, academic research, tourism and beyond.

The course is structured using a combination of lectures, seminars and hands on recording (including the use of laser scanning and photogrammetry) and model development to enable students to understand the process of creating original 3D datasets from critical approaches and project planning through to technical execution and delivery. Utilising experienced professionals from the fields of heritage management, buildings recording and 3D modelling the candidates will benefit from the courses' novel approach to fostering multi-disciplinary study in heritage, architectural visualisation, animation, interactive software development and archaeological practice.

Programme Structure

Stage 1

Academic Skills for Masters Research

Heritage Visualisation 1 (incorporating 3D Modelling, Digital Documentation of Cultural Heritage & Interactive Heritage Visualisation)

Stage 2

Heritage Visualisation 2 (incorporating 3D scanning, fieldwork, heritage visualisation project)

One School of Simulation and Visualisation/GSA cross-school elective. Recommended electives include courses in advanced 3D modelling, audio for interactive environments, and a number of electives offered by the Mackintosh School of Architecture.

Stage 3

All students undertake a significant piece of independent work for their MSc Research Project (60 credits)

Scholarships and Funded Places

Arange of scholarships are available which cover partial or full fees.

Entry requirements

You should have a Honours degree or equivalent professional practice in any of the following disciplines:

  • History, archaeology, geography, cultural studies, architecture, the built environment, building surveying, city planning
  • 3D art and design, product design, digital media, digital arts, 3D modelling and animation
  • Computer science or computer graphics
  • High calibre graduates from other disciplines may be considered if they are able to demonstrate an interest and ability in the field of heritage visualisation.

Career Prospects

Former students work in a variety or areas within the heritage sector - within small independent heritage documentation and visualisation companies providing specialist services, with larger companies working on architectural visualisation, or with major employers in the heritage sector such as museums or Historic Environment Scotland. Other students have progressed to undertake doctoral studies, to pursue an academic career.

Scholarships and Funded Places

Information on funding and financial support can be found in the fees and funding pages on the GSA website.

Visit the MSc in Heritage Visualisation page on the Glasgow School of Art website for more details!





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