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The School of Simulation and Visualisation (previously the Digital Design Studio) is a postgraduate research and commercial centre of The Glasgow School of Art. Its intense learning and research environment exploits the interface between science, technology and the arts to explore imaginative and novel uses of advanced 3D digital visualisation and interaction technologies.

Postgraduate Teaching
SimVis offers four distinct taught postgraduate programmes and pathways:

SimVis is also home to a growing PhD community.

Research
The School of Simulation and Visualisation's research activities revolve around 3D visualisation, 3D sound, speech recognition, haptics (touch), gesture-based interaction and camera-based tracking to explore the potential of multi-sensory participation in the fields of architecture, automotive industry, defence, education, environment, games and entertainment, heritage, medicine and ship design.

You can browse some of our current and past research projects here.

Commercial
The School of Simulation and Visualisation has a large portfolio of projects with business and industry in Scotland, the UK and Europe, centred on expertise in real-time 3D visualisation, 3D sound, modelling, motion capture and animation. In particular, SimVis has built a reputation for world leading work in 3D visualisation for heritage, as well as for our work in flagship projects such as the visitor experience for the Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre. Beyond heritage, SimVis works on a wide range of motion and 3D data capture and visualisation projects for commercial and industrial clients. 

The School of Simulation and Visualisation sound dubbing studios are regularly used for network television and film productions, as well as in the school's own visualisation projects. 

School of Simulation and Visualisation at Pacific Quay
Since its inception, the School of Simulation and Visualisation has grown rapidly and in summer 2009 relocated to new, dedicated premises at Pacific Quay (already home to the Glasgow Science Centre, BBC Scotland and the Scottish Media Group). The facilities include one of Europe's largest laboratory spaces for virtual reality, immersive stereo visualization and high resolution display facilities. Laboratory space at also includes a high specification visualization and auralisation laboratory (Soundlab) run as a joint venture between ARUP Acoustics and SimVis.

Contact:  
Dr Paul Chapman, Acting Head of School
+44 (0) 141 566 1478
p.chapman@gsa.ac.uk