UAT Reinstates a Virtual Reality Degree

by Mike Hunter


The world of Virtual Reality has been around for decades, and the University of Advancing Technology was the first university in the nation to offer a fully accredited degree for it. While the initial VR degree offering, created in 1991, may have been a bit before its time, the Virtual Reality bachelor’s degree is back at UAT and available to students this 2016 fall semester.

According to an article published on in May 2016, VR jobs in mainstream technology are on the rise. Companies listing VR jobs on include the likes of Samsung, Google, IBM, Facebook, Apple and Intel, in search of VR specialists with skills in backend system development, software development, user experience and visual art.

In recent years, VR has found true applications in many industries, providing solutions for healthcare, construction and skilled trades, military, law enforcement, government, automotive, education, advertising, space exploration, and entertainment.

Along with Virtual Reality, the world of Augmented Reality is also gaining traction, as the Pokémon Go phenomenon has introduced the general public to the possibility of adapting AR into their daily lives. This fall semester also debuts a course in programming and developing Augmented Reality apps.

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