Virtual Reality & Immersive Media Major
Coming to the Westphal College in Fall 2019, the new Virtual Reality & Immersive Media program will equip students with the technical and creative skills needed for the cutting-edge field of immersive media.
Immersive media—augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), extended reality—will spark a revolution in how we experience entertainment and how we learn, touching upon virtually every aspect of human experience. In immersive media, there is the potential to see firsthand any historical site or museum in the world. It puts the player inside the landscape of a video game and creates simulations to train surgeons, pilots, and countless other professions. As immersive media takes hold, such industries as entertainment, medicine, education, aerospace, automotive, military, and a host of others will have tremendous needs for those who understand and can create increasing sophisticated content for new digital platforms.
Drexel University’s Digital Media Department has a long 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. The Virtual Reality & Immersive Media major will provide 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. 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.
At the heart of the program are Westphal College's state-of-the-art design and production labs, where students are challenged to apply their acquired knowledge to consequential design problems. All students in the program will spend six months of their junior year working in industry as part of Drexel’s Co-op program.