• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Visual Arts
  • Areas of interest Digital Arts, Visual Arts, Computer Science, Digital Humanities, Creative Arts
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Kit Devine
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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This course provides an introduction to immersive virtual reality. Students will be taken through the process of creating an interactive virtual environment intended for stereoscopic output and, in the second half of the course, will develop their own immersive and interactive project. The course introduces students to experience (UX) design, interaction design and interface design for immersive environments. The conceptual and experiential possibilities of immersive VR are explored and developed in the context of a creative work or a collaborative creative work. Students will develop a research and development portfolio as a pre-production component to the creation of the creative work. This portfolio is a comprehensive planning document that clarifies the theoretical, conceptual and technical scope of the creative work. Typical areas of investigation at this level include, but are not restricted to, interface design, interaction design, experience design and simple programming. Workplace health and safety is approached professionally at this level.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of techniques, processes, technologies and equipment used in immersive virtual reality;
  2. Exploit the characteristics of materials and processes in an individual and conceptually developed way;
  3. Show critical awareness of historical and theoretical contexts relevant to immersive virtual reality;
  4. Apply critical, analytical and self-reflective practice; and
  5. Identify and develop personal topics for individual research in immersive virtual reality.

Indicative Assessment

Portfolio of studio work (70%) [Learning Outcomes 1-5]
Research and development portfolio including 1000 word written reflection (20%) [Learning Outcomes 2-5]
Participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

Assessment includes periodic critique and review sessions that provide ongoing feedback on work in progress.

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks: lectures, tutorials, critiques and supervised studio practice; and
b) 82 hours of independent studio practice, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARTV2059.

Preliminary Reading

de Byl, Penny. Holistic Game Development with Unity: An All-in-One Guide to Implementing Game Mechanics, Art, Design and Programming. 1st edition. A K Peters/CRC Press, November 17, 2011. ISBN-10: 0240819330. ISBN-13: 978-0240819334.

Jerald, Jason. The VR Book: Human Centred Design for VR. Morgan & Claypool, October 16, 2015. ISBN-10: 1970001127. ISBN-13: 978-1970001129.

Linowes, Jonathan. Unity Virtual Reality Projects.  Packt Publishing - ebooks Account, September 2015. ISBN-10: 178398855X. ISBN-13: 978-1783988556.
Murray, Jeff W. Building Virtual Reality with Unity and Steam VR. 1st edition. A K Peters/CRC Press, June 8, 2017. ISBN-10: 1138033510. ISBN-13: 978-1138033511.
Parisi, Tony. Learning Virtual Reality: Developing Immersive Experiences and Applications for Desktop, Web, and Mobile. 1st edition. O'Reilly Media, November 20, 2015. ISBN-10: 1491922834. ISBN-13: 978-1491922835.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3000
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4560
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4657 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person View

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