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Virtual and Augmented Reality (Software Development) with Placement

Southampton Solent University

UCAS Course code VAS2


Rapid advances in the accessibility and quality of VR products has seen the technology find its way into the hands of more people than ever before. From gaming and entertainment to training and simulation; it seems there isn’t an industry on earth that isn’t thinking about how VR and augmented reality could drive innovation. Specialist software developers sit at the heart of this change, making it an exciting and lucrative area of study.

Our BSc (Hons) Virtual and Augmented Reality (Software Development) programme will provide you with all the skills needed to take advantage of these new opportunities. You’ll graduate with a portfolio of creative and technical work that has been completed to a professional standard. Employability sits at the heart of our teaching, and your portfolio of work will be your most important tool for securing employment.

You’ll study a curriculum that is focused on programming and software development skills. You will be required to write computer programmes and scripts; study maths and physics; and undertake academic written work. All units are designed to help you create better VR/AR products. Outcomes could include simulations and environments; VR/AR games and visualisations; wearable AR technologies; or location based AR applications.

You will collaborate with designers, musicians and creatives from a range of other courses. This helps to mirror the production pipeline of real commercial products and will get you used to working in small multidisciplinary teams. It will also help to develop your project management, teamwork and communication skills.

Throughout your degree, you will be provided with access to the latest VR and AR technologies. These include VR headsets (Gear, Oculus, HTC Vice and PSVR), VR/AR specific software development kits (Vuforia, ARKit, EasyAR, ARToolkit, ARCore, SteamVR, PS4 and Oculus), and other relevant pieces of creative software (Visual Studio, Adobe Creative Suite, Nvidia SDK, Sony PS4 SDK, Unreal Engine, Unity, GitHub Desktop, Android SDK, iOS SDK, SQL Server, Python and Xamarin). You may also want to make use of our media facilities. These include motion capture, green screen and photogrammetry studios.

Award: BSc
Professional Qualification
4 Years Full Time
Taught in English

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