These are the UK universities where you can get a degree in AR/VR

Studyinternational | February 21, 2019

Immersive technology is blowing up everywhere, and that includes higher education. As Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Technology (VR) transform the way we shop, play games and even construct military strategies, universities are fielding increased demand from  employers and aspiring students to produce graduates with the skillsets to work in this field.In the UK, the result of this is a growing number of AR/VR courses being offered at the pre-university, undergraduate- and postgraduate-level. From software development to digital art to imaging in engineering, this emerging technology is popping up in a wide range of disciplines.In the UK, these are the universities offering qualifications in this pioneering industry: This two-year course aims to prepare students for higher education, a degree apprenticeship, a level 4 apprenticeship or employment in this field. Year one is focused on the learning of the fundamentals of IT, AR/VR, the Internet of Everything, project management, product development, mobile technology and computer systems. Year two follows with classes on topics such as cybersecurity, cognitive computing, cloud technology, application design, games design and prototyping, etc.

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Next week at Future Decoded on the Microsoft in Education stand we will hosting a number of theatre sessions, including one dedicated to exploring the ways that Minecraft can be used within the classroom across all areas of the curriculum.Minecraft is undeniably one of the hottest games in education—whether you’re new to the game or a Minecraft Master, we’ll have the Minecraft Team and current educators using the game tell you all about how to get started, how Minecraft is used to teach different subjects and scenarios, and how to take it to the next level.

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Next week at Future Decoded on the Microsoft in Education stand we will hosting a number of theatre sessions, including one dedicated to exploring the ways that Minecraft can be used within the classroom across all areas of the curriculum.Minecraft is undeniably one of the hottest games in education—whether you’re new to the game or a Minecraft Master, we’ll have the Minecraft Team and current educators using the game tell you all about how to get started, how Minecraft is used to teach different subjects and scenarios, and how to take it to the next level.

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