About this Specialization
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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

For Introduction to Virtual Reality, no prior knowledge is required. For later courses in the specialization, basic programming knowledge is needed.

Hours to complete

Approx. 6 months to complete

Suggested 5 hours/week
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Russian, Arabic...

What you will learn

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    Discover the fundamentals of Virtual Reality, the hardware and history, different applications, and the psychology and challenges of the medium.

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    Learn the basics of 3D graphics, how we create objects and how to lay them out to create an environment.

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    Explore how you interact with a VR world, including the concepts and technologies of VR interaction.

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    Utilise the skills you have learnt to create your own VR game or project.

Skills you will gain

Interaction Design3d computer graphicsVirtual WorldVirtual Reality
100% online courses

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

For Introduction to Virtual Reality, no prior knowledge is required. For later courses in the specialization, basic programming knowledge is needed.

Hours to complete

Approx. 6 months to complete

Suggested 5 hours/week
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Russian, Arabic...

How the Specialization Works

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Hands-on Project

Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.

Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

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There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Introduction to Virtual Reality

4.7
229 ratings
54 reviews
This course will introduce you to Virtual Reality (VR). The course will teach you everything from the basics of VR- the hardware and the history of VR- to different applications of VR, the psychology of Virtual Reality, and the challenges of the medium. The course is designed for people who are new to VR as a medium. You may have experienced some virtual reality before, and may have some hardware- but this course is suitable to individuals who have never experienced VR and those who do not have much hardware- we will explain Mobile VR as well as devices such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Introduction to Virtual Reality is the first course in the Virtual Reality Specialisation. A learner with no previous experience in Virtual Reality and/or game programming will be able to evaluate existing VR applications, and design, test, and implement their own VR experiences/games using Unity by the end of the specialisation....
Course2

3D Models for Virtual Reality

4.6
84 ratings
19 reviews
This course will begin your journey to creating Virtual Reality experiences. A Virtual Reality experience is a new world that you step into and are entirely immersed in. Creating a VR experience means creating that world and all the objects in it. In this course you will learn the basics of 3D graphics: how we create objects and how to lay them out to create an environment. You will learn techniques like materials and texturing that make your objects appear realistic. You will also learn about audio techniques to ensure that your experiences sound great as well as looking great. In all of these topics we will pay attention to the particular requirements of Virtual Reality, including pitfalls and performance issues: making sure your environment runs fast enough in VR. You will learn all of this using the professional game and VR engine, Unity3D. Unity is one of the most used game engine and is a relatively easy, but fully featured, introduction to 3D development. The course will culminate in a project in which you will create your own VR scene. VR development is something you can only learn by doing it yourself, so working on your project will be the best way to learn....
Course3

3D Interaction Design in Virtual Reality

4.7
33 ratings
7 reviews
This course will teach you about one of the most important aspects of VR, how you interact with a VR world. Virtual Reality is completely different from an on screen app or game. You are completely immersed in a VR world, so it doesn't make sense to interact only through buttons or menus. You will get the most out of VR if you can interact with the world just as you would with the real world: with your natural body movements. You will learn about the basic concepts and technologies of VR Interaction. You will then get hands on, learning about how to move around in VR and how to interact with the objects in your world. The course will finish with some advice from experts on VR interaction design and you will do a project where you will get real experience of developing VR Interaction....
Course4

Building Interactive 3D Characters and Social VR

4.3
24 ratings
4 reviews
Meeting another person is one of the most amazing experiences you can have in Virtual Reality. It is quite unlike communicating through any other medium except a real life face-to-face conversation. Because the other person is life size and shares a virtual space with you, body language works in a way that cannot be done on a flat screen. This course will enable you to create realistic social interactions in VR. You will learn about both the psychology of social interaction and the practical skills to implement it in Unity3D. We will take you through the basics of 3D character animation and how to create body language. You will learn about how to make characters that can respond to players’ speech and body language. You will also learn about avatars: the virtual representation of other players, and agents: computer controlled NPC characters and how to implement both of them. As many people have said before us, social is the future of VR. This course will help you become part of the future of Virtual Reality social experiences....

Instructors

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Dr Sylvia Xueni Pan

Lecturer, Department of Computing
Goldsmiths, University of London
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Dr Marco Gillies

Senior Lecturer
Computing Department, Goldsmiths, University of London

About University of London

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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • The Specialisation contains five courses, each of which has four modules of content. You should be able to complete each module in approximately five hours of work, meaning that the Specialisation as a whole should take you 100 hours to complete. Each course has an indicative four week structure but you are welcome to complete each course at your own pace.

  • You will need to have basic programming knowledge before embarking on later courses in the specialisation. For Introduction to Virtual Reality, no prior knowledge is required.

  • We strongly recommend that you take the courses in the suggested order, but this is not required. As the fifth course, Creating Your First Virtual Reality Game, will draw on aspects of all of the other courses in the Specialisation, you will need to complete these before embarking on this part of the Specialisation.

  • Even if you have no previous experience in Virtual Reality and/or game programming, by the end of the specialisation you will be able to evaluate existing VR applications, and design, test, and implement your own VR experiences/games using Unity.

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