Introduction to the Photogrammetric Workflow for Media Practitioners
Instructor: Jesús Velázquez
Credits: 6 ECTS, 4 SWS
Capacity: max. 8 students
Language: English
Date: Montag/Monday, 13:30-16:45
Location: Online
First Meeting: 12.04.21 (Link to online meeting will be sent to accepted participants by email.)

BISON Course ID: 321110016
BISON IFD[[IFD:Start|Interface-Design]] Catalog: https://bit.ly/3r4MFXE


“Photogrammetry is defined as the “art, science and technology of obtaining reliable information about physical objects and the environment through the process of recording, measuring and interpreting photographic images and patterns of electromagnetic radiant imagery and other phenomena.” (American Society of Photogrammetry, 1980)”

In this hands-on course students will learn the basics of photogrammetry workflows as a basis for bridging the transition from the physical world to digital 2D and 3D environments. Participants will work with photogrammetric equipment (namely digital cameras) and specific processes to retrieve accurate geometry and position data in order to recreate objects/scenarios in a virtual three-dimensional space. Closing the loop, output possibilities will be explored through the experimentation with rapid prototyping technologies and/or applications in virtual environments.

Students are encouraged to use this course as support for ongoing projects dealing with spatial/object virtual representation.

Final works are expected to be delivered in the form of functional prototypes, installations, interactive artworks, animations, etc. accompanied by a written conceptual and technical documentation.

Basic knowledge in digital photography as well as basics in 3D modeling are recommended.

Course video description: https://vimeo.com/522763177

Course dynamics

Lectures, weekly assignments (irregular), presentations, feedback, consultations, excursions and possible guest lectures.

Admission requirements

Students enrolled in another IFD[[IFD:Start|Interface-Design]] course offering will be given priority. However the course is open for applicants from Media Art & Design, Media Architecture and Freie Kunst, with instructor permission.

Registration Procedure

In addition to the enrollment via the BISON portal, candidates are required to send a PDF portfolio including one page motivation letter, stating your interest for the course, current competences and background at: jesus.velazquez.rodriguez[ät]uni-weimar[dot]de


Successful completion of the course is dependent on regular attendance, active participation, completion of assignments, delivery of a relevant semester prototype and documentation. Please refer to the Evaluation Rubric for more details.

Eligible participants

BA & MFAMaster of Fine Arts – graduate students will receive this degree Medienkunst/-gestaltung, MFAMaster of Fine Arts – graduate students will receive this degree Media Art and Design, MSc MediaArchitecture, MFAMaster of Fine Arts – graduate students will receive this degree Public Art, Diplom Freie Kunst

Platforms and Tools

Primary Synchronous Conferencing:

Contingency Synchronous Conferencing:
Cisco Webex

Student references, links and further readings

Syllabus (subject to change)

12 April 2021 / Week 1

Course Organization
Administrative Housekeeping

19 April 2021 / Week 2

Student presentations
(Modern) Uses of Photogrammetry examples
Image aquisition
Sources, links and task from the Lecture

26 April 2021 / Week 3

Origins of Photogrammetry
Open source, non-cuda required solutions (part 1)
Sources, links and task from the Lecture

03 May 2021 / Week 4

1st tests reviews
Open source solutions (part 2)
Sources, links and task from the Lecture

10 May 2021 / Week 5

Reality Capture
Sources, links and task from the Lecture