Introduction to XR: Applications and Technologies Micro-credential


Organisation profile

Trinity College Dublin is Ireland's leading University, which has been inspiring generations of brilliant thinkers for over 400 years.

Training aim

This micro-credential will give you broad but deep introduction to Unity3D, the current standard software for VR and AR prototyping and development.  Through the development of portfolio-standard applications, you will take a deep dive into VR and AR development, enabling you to apply your new knowledge in a creative manner.

Learning objectives

By the end of the course participants will be able to:
• Design and implement examples of VR and AR environments in Unity.
• Design environments that can be applied to a variety of applications such as health, gaming, training and others.
• Develop and program in the Unity environment and be able to develop these skills in an independent manner.
• Show their design and development skills in the Unity software, by creating 2 portfolio-standard interactive environments for VR and AR. 

Course outline

The aim of this micro-credential is to give learners a broad but deep overview of the Unity3D software and how it can be used to develop Virtual and Augmented reality applications. The focus of these developments will be applications in a variety of areas, from art and music to health and training. Learners will show their design and development skills, in the Unity software, by creating two portfolio standard XR projects (a VR and an AR application).
The first half of this micro-credential introduces learners to a broad range of topics in Unity3D that will allow them to develop an interactive VR environment. This ranges from the workspace, adding 3D visuals and audio to making the world interactive. It also provides a brief introduction to programming in Unity3D. 

The second part of the micro-credential is focussed on developing environments for Augmented Reality applications using an AR engine.

Trainer's profile

Dr. Fionnuala Conway is a musician, composer, transmedia artist, researcher and educator. She has produced innovative interactive media and digital art works such as interactive audio,  wearable technologies and installation art. She completed her PhD in Digital Media in 2008 and has a professional career as a lecturer and Director (2006-2010) on the MPhil. Music and Media Technologies programme and as Programme Director on the MA. Scoring for Film and Visual Media (DIT) at Pulse College.

Course duration

12 weeks

Assessment & certification

It is assessed through 2 practical assessments, worth 40% and 60% respectively. 
• Assignment 1 (40%) Focuses on the development of an original interactive environment in, that could be experienced as VR and shows the learner’s ability to think creatively about the application and use of the interactive environment.
• Assignment 2 (60%) has 2 parts: Part 1 requires the learner to create a video trailer of Assignment 1. Part 2 requires learners to develop an original interactive Augmented Reality application, to be experienced using a mobile phone (or another AR device they may have access to).

A Micro-credential worth 5 credits on the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) and 125 hours CPD credit.

Who should attend

This Micro-credential is being offered to creative media professionals, musicians, composers, visual artists; those looking to upskill in the development of interactive environments using Unity software and apply their audio, 3D visual and interactive media skills in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.