Shenandoah University Is Proud To Offer The First University Augmented & Virtual Reality Degree Program In Virginia.
The Virtual Reality Media Concentration in 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. Students will learn filmmaking principles and how to shoot and edit 3D content.
The 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
Interested students should check with the director for further information:
Dr. Anne Marchant, Virtual Reality Design Program Director
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VR DESIGN MAJOR
Shenandoah University is immersing itself in the worlds of virtual and augmented technology by creating Virginia’s first bachelor’s degrees in Virtual Reality Design. Shenandoah’s majors uniquely bring a human element to virtual reality, and the program has also established a partnership with the Irish company, Immersive VR Education, to create AR/VR experiences through the firm’s Engage platform. Shenandoah intends to be a hub for virtual reality development and education, and these majors will allow Shenandoah graduates to lead the growing AR/VR industry and whatever its successors may be, for years and years to come.
Virtual Reality Design Majors, Minor & Certificate
The BA in Virtual Reality Design will prepare students for careers producing high quality immersive content for emerging AR/VR and related disciplines.
The BS in Virtual Reality Design will prepare students for careers working as technical specialists and/or programmers in AR/VR or related fields.
The undergraduate 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. This certificate will give students a broad foundation in AR/VR tools, systems and methods. Students will gain practical experience working on real projects.
It is anticipated that immersive technologies will rapidly transform the online presence of companies, agencies, NGOs, universities and other organizations. This minor will enhance many majors by giving students experience in this emerging discipline. The 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.
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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 VR Media Concentration is designed for students who plan to specialize in 360 video or AR/VR content production.
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.
- Game programming
- Architecture, engineering and construction (using VR for 3D design)
- Simulation training scenarios for doctors and first aid responders
- Safety training for military/law enforcement
- Travel industry (advertising tourist locations and experiences to consumers)
- Education (crafting experiences to explore remote places, uninhabitable environments, or past events)
- Writing (AR/VR content featuring stories, emotion and dialogue)
- Marketing materials to promote business products and services
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.
The Virtual Reality Media Concentration in the Bachelor of Arts in Virtual Reality Design is designed for students who plan to specialize in 360 video or AR/VR content production. Students will learn filmmaking principles and how to shoot and edit 3D content.
Students complete these Virtual Reality Media Concentration courses:
- MCOM 201 Understanding Visual Communication
- FILM 301 Introduction to Filmmaking
- ARVR 330 Advanced Cinematography and Effects
- ARVR 340 Directing for AR/VR
- FILM 371 Documentary Filmmaking
In addition to the required Virtual Reality Media concentration courses, 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.
Imagine participating in interesting conversations led by engaging professors who’ve already done what you dream of doing. You’ll be in a small class with professors who know your name, care about your success and provide advice as you pursue your academic and career goals.
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