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AIM715 - Virtual Heritage

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:J Sweet




Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.

Campus: Students are required to attend a 2 day a week intensive for 3 weeks.


This unit focuses on the theory, history and practice of virtual heritage. In it we will study how museums and heritage sites have engaged with the opportunities afforded by the ‘digital revolution’. We will look into the early history of this engagement to understand the debates that developed around the introduction of digital media in museums. We will look into current practices and seek to understand how they are changing our understanding both of heritage and the cultural institutions that are charged with identifying, preserving and displaying it. We will do so by exploring a range of applications, in different institutional contexts and in different countries though reading and by visiting different sites. Finally, we will seek to use our new knowledge and understanding to develop an imaginary brief that encapsulates best practice for one aspect of this new world heritage institutions find themselves in – the development of a multimedia interactive.

Module 1: Virtual Heritage: The State of Play

  • The impact of the contemporary media sphere on the world of museums and heritage sites
  • Going deeper: What are the contours of some of the main debates around the introduction of digital technologies into cultural heritage practice?

Module 2: Virtual Heritage: Technologies

  • The museum as a media institution: thinking about multimedia
  • The World of interactives
  • The World wide web
  • Social media and their relevance to cultural heritage
  • The world of visualisation and virtual reality

Module 3: Virtual Heritage: Applications

  • Multimedia in exhibitions
  • Collection Management, Research and Public Access
  • Learning and virtual cultural heritage
  • Collecting the digital


Site assessment through a review of a particular application in a museum/heritage site, 30%, 2000 words

Preparation of multimedia brief for an exhibition 40%, 2000 words

Assessment of current scholarly debate in the field of virtual heritage through a review of the two textbooks, 30%, 1000 words

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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