Graduate Certificate in Augmented and Virtual Reality
About the certificate
A new certificate program in Augmented and Virtual Reality (AVR) will be available to graduate students at the University of Michigan starting in Fall 2020.
Augmented reality interfaces enable new kinds of user experiences by superimposing digital content onto the user’s real worldview while virtual reality creates fully immersive virtual world experiences. Anyone who’s ever seen the virtual down line displayed on the field on any pro football game broadcast, caught a monster playing Pokémon Go, or arranged 3D images of furniture in the living room has already experienced some of what this technology can do.
Recent years have seen an explosion of investment in AVR technologies by major technology companies including Microsoft, Google, and Facebook.
The certificate program will give students a set of common experiences and shared knowledge, while also allowing students with diverse backgrounds and interests to shape their AVR course plan in a way that best suits their goals.
The certificate combines instruction in state-of-the-art production labs along with coursework in areas such as immersive modeling, 3-D production, design and evaluation methods, aesthetics, wearable technologies, and visualization.
12 credits are required for the certificate, but only SI 559 is a required course. Other credits can be fulfilled from the list of courses below. In addition, students may petition the program for other course credits to count toward meeting the 12 credits needed, depending on the student’s interest.
Required: [Information] SI 559: Introduction to AVR Application Design [3 credits]
• [Information] SI 659: Developing AR/VR Experiences
• [Stamps] ARTDES 420.1: Sci-Fi Prototyping
• [SMTD] PAT 443: Immersive Media
• [SEAS] EAS 501.160: Advanced Visualization
• [Taubman] ARCH 591: Generative Design Computing
• [Taubman] ARCH 703: Virtual Engagement in Digital Technologies
All students will also complete an integrative project, typically as an outgrowth of an AVR-relevant course project or an independent project.
The program will be administered by the School of Information with participation by the Stamps School of Art and Design; the College of Engineering; the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; the College of Nursing; the School of Dentistry; the School of Education; the School of Medicine; the School of Kinesiology; the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning; the School of Music, Theater, and Dance; and the School for Environment and Sustainability.
The program is open to all Rackham graduate students. Applications to the program will open in spring 2020. Students interested in applying to the program may wish to take the required course or one or more of the elective courses in Winter 2020.
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