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  • Check out Santa Clara University’s new on-campus space for experimenting with virtual and augmented reality.

    Santa Clara University’s Imaginarium (#SCUImaginarium) serves as a laboratory for exploring virtual reality and augmented reality technology and practices. Located in the new Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building (DOWD 108), the Imaginarium is a flexible work space that can be used for production, computer-based media asset creation and exhibition utilizing multiple high definition projectors.

    The Imaginarium is equipped with a variety of VR hardware and software. Students, faculty and staff can explore headset technologies from Oculus and HTC, 360° cameras and Microsoft’s HoloLens. Several powerful computer workstations and laptops are available for VR/AR creation utilizing software such as Maya, Unity, UnReal and the Adobe Creative Suite.

    Our 2017-18 activities in the Imaginarium include our VR/AR “boot camp” courses (ARTS 197A, ARTS 197B and ARTS 197C). Prof. Max Sims is teaching the boot camps and serves as the master of ceremonies for all things Imaginarium for 2017-18. Max is managing the Imagine That! VR contest. He also is facilitating a faculty learning group to assist faculty with integrating VR/AR into their teaching and research. Max also is developing the Imaginarium VR speaker series.


Stop by during our open hours to explore the space, meet the staff, and view a VR demo reel! Can’t make our visitor hours? Email Max Sims to set up an appointment.

Virtual Biology

Grace Ling ’19 pitches an educational virtual reality game called “Cell-fie” in the Imagine That! competition.  Read more

Online Furniture Shopping with Augmented Reality

Max Sims interviewed by KTVU's Maureen Taylor on Williams-Sonoma's recent acquisition to expand its high-tech shopping experience.  Read more


Contact Us

For appointments, contact: Max Sims 

Contact the Imaginarium for all other inquiries!