vr and ar

College launches VR and AR certificate program

Courses will address content development for both technologies

Cogswell Polytechnical College has launched a new virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) certificate program, which addresses the development of content for VR and AR.

VR is a new human-user interaction paradigm utilizing computer-generated immersive environments. Users participate in VR using headsets which project images within a closed visual space, special immersive sound technologies, and optionally, articles of clothing that provide tactile sensations that increase the sense of “presence.”

AR overlays interaction with the physical world with computer-generated three-dimensional visual and auditory sensory information to provide an enriched experience without excluding the surrounding environment.

The program is a six-course set of specialzed classes that will be offered weekday evenings and weekends to accommodate the schedules of industry professionals. The purpose of this certificate program is to provide professionals in the computer graphics industry the opportunity to join development teams that create VR or AR content.

Students in the program will earn:

  • Cognitive and perceptual aspects of VR/AR experience
  • Human/computer interface and interaction (HCI) design
  • VR design principles
  • Applications of VR/AR in storytelling in a project-based learning environment

Who should apply:

  • Computer graphics (CG) professionals
  • Computer Engineering professionals
  • Professional Digital Artists
  • Recent graduates in Digital Arts or Engineering Programs
  • Current students in Media Art or Game programs
  • Students who have completed courses in 3D modeling

How the certificate is earned

The first four requirements are subject courses that are taught in a traditional lecture/lab format and last 7 weeks each. VRAR400 (Perception, Cognition and Presence in VR) is the entry-levelc course, although VRAR450 (Human Computer Interface & Interaction Design) may be taken concurrently. VRAR500 (VR Design Principles 1) is taken next, followed by VRAR525 (VR Design Principles 2).

With all of these requirements completed students may then enroll in the two-course VR/AR Studio Project (VRAR550) & (VRAR555). Following the completion of the studio project, the certificate program is complete and students will be awarded their certificates.

Laura Ascione