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Best virtual reality courses in the UK


Virtual reality courses in the UK range from design and visual effects to software development and gaming, with universities offering both BA and BSc degree courses. There are also a number of Master’s degrees within the field. Aniwaa has compiled a list of the most recognized and best virtual reality courses in the UK, including providing information such as course duration and tuition fees.

University of the Arts London (UAL) VR courses:

BA (Hons) Virtual Reality

The University of the Arts London offers the BA (Hons) Virtual Reality course through their London College of Communication. It’s a brand new course starting in 2019/20 and provides opportunities for its students to collaborate with those on other courses. These include Film, Animation and Games Design, within its ‘Screen School’. With their new state-of-the-art VR suites, amidst an impressive array of facilities, students will be at the global forefront of developing Virtual Reality.

  • Course length: 3 years
  • Tuition fees: £9,250 (UK) / £19,930 (International)

MA Virtual Reality

As well as their undergraduate degree course, UAL also offers a Master’s course, MA Virtual Reality. This course provides its students with ‘the opportunity to explore and develop the application of VR technologies across filmmaking, visual effects (VFX), animation, games, and immersive augmented reality (AR) experiences.

  • Course length: 1 year 3 months full-time (45 weeks across a four-term model)
  • Tuition fees: £10,890 (UK) / £19,930 (International)

University of Bradford VR and AR courses:

BSc (Hons) Virtual and Augmented Reality

The University of Bradford offers a BSc (Hons) course in virtual and augmented reality, and describes it as ‘one of the first of its kind in the UK’. By learning techniques such as 3d modeling, motion capture, and programming, the course provides its students with the skills they’ll need to become a professional virtual/augmented/mixed reality artist. With the option of either a Full-time or full-time with a sandwich year course, students also get the opportunity to study abroad at one of the university’s international partner institutions.

  • Course length: 3 years full-time / 4 years full-time with a sandwich year
  • Tuition fees: £9,250 (UK) / TBC (International)

Solent University (Southampton) VR and AR courses:

BA (Hons) Virtual and Augmented Reality (Design)
BSc (Hons) Virtual and Augmented Reality (Software Development)

Solent University offers two virtual and augmented reality courses, both a BA and a BSc degree. The BA (Hons) Virtual and Augmented Reality (Design) course focuses on the design principles of VR and AR. The course aims to give its students the skills required to create VR/AR simulations, games, visualizations and apps.

Students will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with those on the BSc Virtual and Augmented Reality (Software Development) course, which focuses more on the programming and software development skill-set. With computer art studios and dedicated VR/AR labs, students will have access to the latest VR and AR technologies. Both courses can be taken with a placement year and the option of working within the industry.

  • Course length: 3 years full-time / 4 years with a placement year
  • Tuition fees: £9,250 per year (UK) / £12,500 per year (International)

Best virtual reality courses in the UK

Staffordshire University VR courses:

BA (Hons) Virtual Reality Design

Staffordshire University offers a BA (Hons) Virtual Reality Design course, where students can work on assignments that develop virtual and augmented realities. Due to the university’s strong industry links with companies and major tech players within the field, there are opportunities for students to be involved in internships and live-briefs. Students also get the chance to attend numerous industry-leading conferences, across Europe and within the UK. Facilities include a green screen compositing studio, a 3D motion-capture studio, and a CGI workshop.

  • Course length: 3 years full-time
  • Tuition fees: £9,250 per year (UK) / £12,500 per year (International)

University of Portsmouth VR and AR courses:

BSc (Hons) Virtual and Augmented Reality

The University of Portsmouth offers its Virtual and Augmented Reality BSc (Hons) course to students excited by a future filled with VR and AR technology. Aiming to provide students with highly sought-after skills and hands-on experience within the field, the course is seen as a step towards a fulfilling career within VR and AR. The university boasts a Virtual Reality Laboratory and Motion Capture Suite amongst other facilities. This enables students to learn using industry-standard software and technologies. This course comes with the option of a salaried placement year.

    • Course length: 3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
    • Tuition fees: £9,250 per year (UK) / £14,700 – subject to annual increase (International)

Bristol, University of the West of England VR courses:

MA Virtual Reality

The University of the West of England (UWE) offers a virtual reality postgraduate Master’s course at their City Campus in Bristol. With the course based at ‘The Bristol VR Lab’, state-of-the-art new space for research, development, design, and teaching, students will have access to an array of facilities; VR and AR kit, workshops, green screen, and 360° filmmaking facilities. This course explores the dynamic creative and commercial forces shaping VR/AR/MR.

  • Course length: 1 year full-time
  • Tuition fees: £7,000 (UK) / £13,500 (International)

Leeds Trinity University VR courses:

BA (Hons) Digital Media (Visual Effects and Virtual Reality)

Leeds Trinity University offers their Digital Media (Visual Effects and Virtual Reality) course to those who wish to explore both VFX and VR. Students are able to focus on or combine these immersive technologies in conjunction with the study of disciplines such as television, production, gaming, web development, and marketing. By working with employers throughout, the course aims to provide its students with an impressive portfolio of digital media work and experience upon graduation.

  • Course length: 3 years full-time
  • Tuition fees: £9,250 per year (UK) / £11,250 per year – 2017-18 course figures (International)

Best virtual reality courses in the UK

Virtual reality careers

The above virtual reality courses all aim to provide their graduates with a platform to go on and secure their desired tech career. Whether a student has specialized in virtual reality research or they’ve undertaken an augmented reality module to focus on, various roles are available for them to pursue. Ranging from job roles such as developers, architects, and engineers, to artists, modelers, and writers, the emerging technology field of virtual reality has a lot to offer graduates.

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Steve worked as Head of Content at Aniwaa in 2018. After studying journalism at Rhodes University, South Africa, Steve went on to work for startups and large corporations in several countries, writing on a variety of topics including sports, emerging technologies and business, before joining Aniwaa.