Mobile 3D Applications

Module code: 920G5
Level 7 (Masters)
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Laboratory
Assessment modes: Coursework

Through laboratory-based tuition and utilising Study Direct-based online teaching and learning materials (including slides, video, audio, demonstrations), this module will explore how 3D can be integrated into mobile web-based applications.

Technologies covered include but are not limited to:

  • 3D modelling methods for real-time rendering and associated authoring packages (e.g. 3ds Max)
  • implementation of efficient navigation and interaction methods
  • responsive web design applied to the implementation of mobile web-based 3D applications.

The main focus of this module is to gain practical experience on 3D modelling and programming (e.g. 3ds Max, X3D/VRML, X3DOM, HTML, CSS3, XML, JavaScript (and associated frameworks and libraries), AJAX, JSON, PHP and SQLite) to build a web mobile 3D application (an interactive 3D application that will render across desktop, tablet and mobile devices based on an MVC design pattern).

Example web mobile 3D applications may include: a virtual museum, product configurator, vehicle visualisation, burglary simulation, or a simple web game.


3D Modelling and Rendering Module 927G9 and some basic programming experience, e.g. in Java.

Module learning outcomes

  • Make critical design choices when specifying a Web/Mobile 3D Application based on a systematic understanding of Web 3D technologies (e.g. 3D, web development and associated programming) and critical awareness of Web3D technology limitations.
  • Given a specific problem specification, choose an appropriate set of Web 3D technologies to design and implement a viable interactive and dynamic mobile Web3D Application online that includes the use of 3D and other multimedia content.