Postgraduate Certificate in Augmented & Virtual Reality (Augmented/Virtual Reality)

Athlone Institute of Technology (Engineering Computing (Online/Blended Delivery))
Key Programme Details
Award

Level 9 - Special Purpose Award (30 ECTS Credits)

NFQ Level

9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Mixed, Distance

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

30

Department

Computer and Software Engineering

General Information
Contact

Enda Fallon

Email

efallon@ait.ie

Phone

090 6471877

Address

Department of Computer and Software Engineering,
Athlone Institute of TEchnology,
Dublin Road,
Athlone,
Co. Westmeath.

Important Dates
Application Deadline

16/12/2019

Start Date

13/01/2020

End Date

11/12/2020

About this Course

The terms Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR) and more recently Alternate Reality (within the research fields), can be represented within the umbrella terms of Immersive Experiences and reflect the degree of digital content presented to the users as they move from the real to virtual world experience. These technologies are changing how we interact and consume content. Traditionally applications of such technologies lay within entertainment and gaming domains. However, research and industry are now deploying these disruptive technologies within telecommunications, advertising, real-estate, health, education, human-machine interaction, manufacturing, robotics, tourism among many others. This new Special Purpose Award (SPA) at Level 9 in Augmented and Virtual Reality targets learner expertise and skills development within this rapidly emerging and developing area.

Entry Requirements

Honours (Grade 2.2) degree or an equivalent qualification.

Long Description

The terms Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR) and more recently Alternate Reality (within the research fields), can be represented within the umbrella terms of Immersive Experiences and reflect the degree of digital content presented to the users as they move from the real to virtual world experience. These technologies are changing how we interact and consume content. Traditionally applications of such technologies lay within entertainment and gaming domains. However, research and industry are now deploying these disruptive technologies within telecommunications, advertising, real-estate, health, education, human-machine interaction, manufacturing, robotics, tourism among many others. This new Special Purpose Award (SPA) at Level 9 in Augmented and Virtual Reality targets learner expertise and skills development within this rapidly emerging and developing area. This is a challenging and multidisciplinary field and our offering will develop the skill set to blend key technical, creative and user experience expertise such that graduates can apply same across any of above mentioned industry domains. This SPA places unique emphasis on design and experience evaluation of Virtual and Augmented Reality applications. It is targeted at graduates who already have a L8 related qualification to up-skill them in a very focused manner.

The course will be designed and taught by staff who are highly research active and have significant industry links and experience. This offering is research informed and the facultys work has been published at international peer review conferences and journals and they have a track record of working nationally with SME to MNC industry partners. The course content is developed upon both their cutting edge research and is informed with, and by, leading industry partners (see letters of support). Delivery will also include guest lecturers from industry experts in terms of opportunities within various application domains and with respect to specific skillsets required.

The offering extends and complements the existing Athlone IT software design programs such as BSc (Hons) in Software Design (Virtual Reality and Game Development) as well as ongoing research in the Dept. of Electronics and Informatics and the Software Research Institute (who hosts the Enterprise Ireland "COMAND" technology gateway. One of the three primary themes of COMAND is immersive media). Also, AIT hosts and leads activity in Augmented and Virtual Reality in the SFI Confirm Centre for Smart Manufacturing and is a partner in the SFI Adapt Centre. Hence students of this new SPA will have at their disposal the equipment of the Dept. of Computer and Software Engineering and research with the AIT faculty.

There are in excess of 20 companies nationally whose core business is with respect AR and VR consultancy and development, with numerous other SMEs and MNC's (across many of the above mentioned domains (i.e. not solely ICT companies)) who have divisions working with immersive experience developments. This offering has been informed by many of these companies (see letters of support and commitment) throughout Ireland (Dublin, Athlone, Limerick, Galway) and its unique focus is influenced by their requirements and Athlone IT

Timetable Info

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Delivery Location

Online/Athlone Instiute of Technology

Delivery Notes

Blended Delivery

Application Procedures

Applicants must upload a copy of their transcripts of results that meet the entry requirements at the time of making the application.