Graduate Diploma of Virtual and Augmented Reality

Postgraduate coursework

Gain a comprehensive understanding of virtual and augmented reality for an exciting career in industries like tourism, entertainment and gaming.

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Key facts

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
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Course information

Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Virtual and Augmented Reality provides a comprehensive curriculum that targets the key areas of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). Virtual Reality (VR) is an immersive digital environment that can replicate lifelike physical environments or portray a fictional artificial world, and makes the user feel they are immersed in that environment in real-life. Augmented reality (AR) is created by enhancing real life objects/environments with a digital overlay.

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are on track to be the next big computing environment due to the rapid uptake and development of the area. Virtual and augmented reality are integrated into a number of industries such as the healthcare, tourism advertising, entertainment, construction, gaming, education and space industries. This course enables graduates, regardless of their prior background, to integrate VR and AR experiences into their current business roles, and advance their business to the forefront of this incredibly exciting and innovative field that is VR/AR.

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Course structure

To complete the Graduate Diploma of Virtual and Augmented Reality, students must attain 8 credit points.  Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The course comprises a total of 8 credit points, which must include the following:

  • 4 core coursework units
  • one 4-credit point work placement unit in virtual reality (SIT759 Virtual Reality Professional Practice)
  • Completion of STP710 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

Exit option with a Graduate Certificate of Virtual and Augmented Reality is possible after completion of the 4 core coursework units.

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

4

Core course work units

1

Placement unit (4 credit points)

8

Total

Core

  • Academic Integrity STP050 (0 credit points)
  • Introduction to Work Placements STP710 (0 credit points)
  • Interaction and Design for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality SIT755
  • Development for Virtual Reality SIT756
  • Content Creation for Virtual Reality SIT757
  • Virtual Reality On Mobile Platforms SIT758
  • Work Placement

  • Virtual Reality Professional Practice SIT759 (4 credit points)#
  • # Must have successfully completed STP710 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit-point compulsory unit)

    Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Diploma of Virtual and Augmented Reality
    Year
    2019 course information
    Deakin code
    S679
    CRICOS code?
    Level
    Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    This course is not available to international students.

    Additional course information

    For information regarding hardware and software requirements, please refer to the School of Information Technology's website, or telephone 03 9244 6699.

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    Workload

    You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week involving evaluating, design and developing VR and AR experiences. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    You complete assessment tasks using external client briefs as the basis for tasks.  The resulting portfolio can then be shared with our VR industry partners to present evidence of competencies and to initiate conversations about employment opportunities.

    You'll have the opportunity to undertake a work placement at virtual reality organisations as part of your course.  This will provide you with the opportunity to apply and consolidate what you are learning in your course, experience workplace culture and workplace practices, explore career options and develop a professional network before you graduate.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • a Bachelor Degree in any discipline OR
    • a Graduate Certificate in any discipline OR
    • at least two years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    Credit for prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Credit for prior learning may be granted to applicants based on prior studies and/or equivalent industry experience.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $27,000 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
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    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning.

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    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

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    If you’re a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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    Entry pathways

    Alternative exits

    • Graduate Certificate of Virtual and Augmented Reality (S579)

    Faculty contact information

    Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
    School of Information Technology
    Tel 03 9244 6699
    sebe@deakin.edu.au

    www.deakin.edu.au/information-technology

    Frequently asked questions

    How do I apply?

    We provide step-by-step guidance online to make applying to Deakin easy. And, with three study periods a year, the next intake is never far away. Learn more about the application process and entry requirements by visiting our How to apply page.

    When do applications close?

    Application deadlines depend on the course and trimester you’re applying for.

    Find out the application open and close dates for your course by visiting our Key dates page.

    Missed the application cut-off? The good news is Deakin has three study periods a year, which means the next intake is never far away.

    How do fees work?

    Fees are paid according to the units you study each trimester.

    Don’t worry, you don’t need to pay your course fees upfront. There are different loans available depending on the type of student you are and the course you’re applying for.

    For more information on fees, including payment assistance, and understanding what type of student you are, visit our Fees hub.

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    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    Graduates find employment as designers and developers of VR and AR experiences.  These include specialist roles such as VR experience designers, VR/AR programmers, augmented reality app designers, 3D designers, FX technical artists and gameplay engineers.  This course will also prepare graduates working in industry to integrate VR and AR into existing work practices, thus becoming innovation managers, VR evangelists, VR team leads, AR product managers and VR/AR innovators.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Have a broad, coherent knowledge of the Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) discipline, including its dynamic environment, with an extended knowledge of technological aspects, development processes and applicability of VR/AR to various areas.  Design, develop and implement advanced VR and AR assets, in line with appropriate policies and procedures for optimal use and apply industry standards and best practice.

    Communication

    Communicate effectively to impart knowledge relating to advances in technology, future trends and industry standards and utilise a range of verbal, graphical and written forms, customised for diverse audiences including specialist and non- specialist clients, colleagues and industry personnel.

    Digital literacy 

    Utilise a range of digital technologies and information sources to select, analyse, evaluate, transform and disseminate both technical and non-technical information, solutions and knowledge to others.

    Critical thinking

    Appraise complex information using critical and analytical thinking and judgement to identify problems, analyse user requirements and propose appropriate and innovative solutions.  Critically assess VR/AR assets and systems using applied knowledge to demonstrate autonomy, judgement, and adaptability as a responsible VR/AR professional.

    Problem solving

    Apply specialised advanced cognitive skills and knowledge to real-world, ill-defined problems and develop appropriate VR/AR designs.

    Self-management

    Apply knowledge and skills in creative ways to new situations in professional practice and/or further learning in the field of VR/AR with adaptability, autonomy, responsibility and personal accountability for actions as a practitioner and a learner.

    Global citizenship

    Apply the highest ethical standards in the design, development and operation of VR/AR assets and systems, in the global context of and/or in collaboration with diverse communities and cultures.

    Approved by Faculty Board 7 June 2018

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