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School of Simulation and Visualisation at The Glasgow School of Art

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The School of Simulation and Visualisation is a state of the art research centre at The Glasgow School of Art focussing on cutting-edge real-time 3D visualization and interaction technologies. Research is multi-disciplinary and is integrated with postgraduate academic activities. Core research focusses on interaction, haptics, gesture, 3D sound, real-time photorealistic 3D visualisation, digital heritage, medical visualisation, and serious games.

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How to Fail Your PhD

How to Fail Your Research Degree was created to deliver knowledge and understanding of research processes and techniques, within the context of a postgraduate training programme at Glasgow School of Art. Development was in relation to the concepts of encouraging creativity and risk-taking within a safe game environment and of learning by (potentially) failing. Game characteristics and intended learning outcomes were defined, leading to game mechanics and text that emphasise player agency, working within a time limit, and humour. Evaluation shows that the game is highly successful at delivering the intended learning outcomes and is a memorable and enjoyable complement to the existing course curriculum.

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