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Virtual Reality & Immersive Media Program

Virtual Reality & Immersive Media Program

New to the Westphal College, the Virtual Reality (VR) & Immersive Media degree program equips students with the technical and creative skills needed for the cutting-edge field of immersive media.

What is VR, augmented reality, and immersive media?

“Immersive Media” is a broad term used to describe an entire category of media that effectively surrounds, or immerses, its audience. Rather than simply “watch” immersive media, participants often feel that they “experience” content.


There are many sub-categories of immersive media, including virtual reality, which typically utilizes a headset which block the user’s view of the real world, replacing it with a fully interactive computer generated experience. Augmented reality differs from VR in that interactive, 3D graphics and experiences are layered over the user’s view of the real world, enhancing what the viewer already sees. Other forms of immersive media include 360° video and full dome projection.


These technologies have been in use for decades, and have been integral to Drexel’s Digital Media curriculum throughout its 20 year history, but until recently, costs and complexity relegated access to specialized industries such as aerospace, defense and automotive development. Today, these technologies are readily available even at the consumer level, enabling a rapidly growing economic sector, with career opportunities in education, the sciences, historical recreation, entertainment and more.

Drexel Westphal’s Virtual Reality Undergraduate Degree Program

Drexel University’s Digital Media Department has a 20 year history of research, teaching and expertise in the design and production of immersive media, alongside its robust programs in Animation & Visual Effects, Game Art & Production, and Interactive Digital Media.

What will you learn in the VR & Immersive Media Program?

The Virtual Reality & Immersive Media major provides students with in-depth learning experiences, thorough instruction, and an understanding of the full pipeline of theories, technologies, techniques, and skills employed in designing and producing immersive media content.

Students learn universal principles of storytelling, animation and design and effective ways to leverage them with the latest technologies including 3D modeling, ray-traced rendering, use of interactive game engines while using the latest hardware and software for VR, AR, Motion Capture, Projection and other technologies that are enabling the rapid growth of the Immersive Media’s industry.


Courses in Augmented and Virtual Reality

The design and production of virtual reality, augmented reality, 360° video and other immersive media formats require a unique skill set of creative thinking, understanding of design, aesthetic sensitivity, and storytelling, coupled with technical knowledge in areas such as 3D computer graphics, animation, visual effects, and digital camera and image processing techniques. The VR & Immersive Media Program teaches these topics across an equally diverse course offering. Students studying Immersive Media can expect to take courses in…


Virtual Reality

Drawing  Storytelling 
Augmented Reality Painting Screenwriting
Immersive Projection Principles of Design Computer Programming
360° Video Production
Digital Imaging 3D Tracking
3D Modeling Interactive Design Visual Effects
CGI Texturing & Lighting New Media Futures Compositing
Computer Animation Professional Practices  

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