Shenandoah is the first higher education institution in Virginia to offer a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in virtual reality/augmented reality (AR/VR) design.
Bachelor of Arts in Virtual Reality Design
The BA in Virtual Reality Design will prepare students for careers producing high-quality content for emerging immersive technologies. This degree track will prepare students to specialize in 360 video or AR/VR content production. Students will gain experience writing, filming, editing, and directing content development.
Bachelor of Science in Virtual Reality Design
The BS in Virtual Reality Design will prepare students for careers working as technical specialists and/or programmers in emerging immersive technologies. Students will gain practical experience working with widely used software development environments and tools using state of the art equipment.
Virtual Reality Design programs
Shenandoah’s Virtual Reality Design programs are designed to give students the knowledge and skills they need to apply immersive technologies to real world applications. Building on Shenandoah’s strengths in theatre, media production and technology, these programs will prepare students for expanding career opportunities in augmented and virtual reality.
Novel elements of this program include:
- A student run lab and production company, providing real-world experience.
- A “brain trust” partnership with industry leaders, government agencies, faculty, alumni, and local businesses to provide a forum for project mentorship, problem solving, creative solutions, and an open conduit for the exchange of new innovations.
Students learn teamwork while working on real world projects and programming in Unity and other languages, VR software design, and digital image processing mathematics.
The Division of Applied Technology is committed to promoting diversity and is a proud member of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT).
Virtual Reality Design Minor & Certificate
Virtual Reality Design Undergraduate Certificate
The 21-24 credit Virtual Reality Undergraduate Certificate will give students a broad foundation in AR/VR tools, systems and methods. Students will gain practical experience working on real projects. This 21-24 credit certificate is designed for students who are majoring in another field and/or who have already graduated with another degree and are seeking an additional credential.
Virtual Reality Design Minor
The Virtual Reality Design Minor will enhance many majors by giving students experience in this emerging discipline. The 18-credit minor is available to all students across the university.
Declaring A Minor
Shenandoah students work with their Academic Advisor to declare a minor. Academic Advisors will continue to work with students to ensure that they fulfill all of the requirements to complete the minor.
Incoming students should not indicate their intended minor on their Shenandoah application. Applications are for intended majors only.
The Career Services staff helps Shenandoah students search and apply for internships related to their major and career goals. Internships differentiate you as an applicant in your future job searches, provide hands on experience in your field, allow you to sample different career paths for your major, and help you find a specific position that fits your passion before graduation.
Career and Salary Possibilities
The Bachelor of Arts in Virtual Reality Design will prepare students for careers producing high quality immersive content for emerging AR/VR and related disciplines.
The Bachelor of Science in Virtual Reality Design will prepare students for careers working as technical specialists and/or programmers in AR/VR or related fields.
Demand for skills in augmented/virtual/mixed realities has been steadily climbing. As each agency and business begins to adopt immersive tech to promote their brand or to conduct training, this area will continue to expand.
- Software Developer/Engineer
- Graphics Designer/Engineer
- AR/VR Maintenance/Support Specialist
- VR Project Manager
Start building a creative and technologically fulfilling career in a field whose market size is expected to be $209 billion by 2022, according to Statista.
The starting salary of most graduates in VR is between $75,000 and $80,000, with the top end around $200,000, according to Business News Daily. Google, Facebook, Snap (Snapchat), NVIDIA and HTC are major employers of students with virtual reality degrees or experience.
The Career Services Office provides a comprehensive range of services and resources to assist Shenandoah students in their career search. Services offered include resume and cover letter building, mock interviews, and professional dining etiquette workshops.
All Virtual Reality students complete a common set of foundation courses, two lab courses, AR/VR electives and a two semester capstone sequence in which they complete a real project working with a client or as part of an internship.
Students learn teamwork while working on real world projects. Coursework includes programming in Unity and other languages, VR software design, and digital image processing mathematics
You’ll also benefit from the university’s partnership with Immersive VR Education, which offers educators the tools they need to create content in virtual classrooms or training environments, using its Engage platform. Shenandoah is collaborating with the firm to build VR experiences and scenes through Engage that are specifically created for the university.
Shenandoah Center For Immersive Learning (SCIL)
Shenandoah, which currently offers a virtual reality program and lab, is bringing the human element to AR/VR through narrative and emotionally grounded storytelling that utilizes 360-degree video and AR/VR technology. Our program incorporates a variety of disciplines, with actors from Shenandoah Conservatory often serving as role players in VR 360-degree videos produced by the Shenandoah Center for Immersive Learning (SCIL).
SCIL has recreated a 1960s Civil Rights Era lunch counter sit-in and the trial of pre-Civil War abolitionist John Brown using 360-degree VR video, and in collaboration with not only acting students, but also the university’s history department and outside organizations.
Using interior scans of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, Shenandoah history students and debate team members soon will become avatars of the Founding Fathers and debate on a virtual stage within a recreation of the 1787 Constitutional Convention.
360 Video Learning at Shenandoah
The Shenandoah Center for Immersive Learning (SCiL) is part of the vanguard of storytelling and learning in the 360 video and virtual and augmented reality realms. SCiL productions are helmed by students and draw upon a role player workforce that includes Shenandoah Conservatory acting students. Through SCIL’s efforts, students build a variety of valuable new skills, while telling stories in ways that make an immediate impact on a viewer. Take a look inside, and see the beginning of something extraordinary.
Member Of The National Center For Women & Information Technology Academic Alliance
Shenandoah University is a proud member of the National Center for Women & Information Technology Academic Alliance.
NCWIT is a non-profit community that convenes, equips, and unites change leader organizations to increase the influence and meaningful participation of girls and women — at the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, age, sexual orientation, and disability status — in the influential field of computing, particularly in terms of innovation and development.
Shenandoah University works on rolling admissions and accepts applications throughout the year. Applications are reviewed individually and holistically.
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Interested students should check with the director for further information:
Dr. Anne Marchant, Virtual Reality Design Program Director
firstname.lastname@example.org | 540-665-4760
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Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Program
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