As a virtual and augmented reality enthusiast I appreciate the importance of learning about creating immersive content. If I were new to the field, I imagine it would be difficult to know where to even start searching for courses or where to go to start learning from the community. Your location can be a pivotal factor when it comes to choosing what and where you can learn the skills required for creating VR and AR content.
I’ve tried to break things down by geographical location to help signpost some recommended courses in those areas.
I’m from Scotland and we have a few choices:
Glasgow School of Art – Games and Virtual Reality degree and Serious Games and Virtual Reality degree. Taught by Dr Paul Chapman and Dr Matthieu Poyade who are pioneers in the field and I have huge admiration for them both.
WebXR Workshops Scotland – I have to confess that I co-host these events with the amazingly talented teacher Danilo Pasquariello. I’m a student here too and the information that we are taught is fantastic and also welcoming to beginners with no coding experience!
Or if the location is a barrier for you then you may wish to check out Danilo’s Online Udemy course.
I was excited to recently find out that Canada is launching it’s first Virtual and Augmented Reality Certificate courtesy of Lethbridge College. I am a huge fan of Lethbridge College and Mike McCready in particular. I first met Mike via Twitter as organiser of the Merging Realities – World’s First Full Day Conference in VR. I attended that last year and you can read my blog about it here. Ever since then I have watched Mike’s growth in the immersive space from communicating with the community online, learning and sharing his progress through his own VR Degree learning journey, joining the ARVRA Association as the President of the Alberta Chapter, continuing the Merging Realities in 2019 (making it an annual event) and the most recent Lethbridge College Virtual Reality Global Forum event alongside Inventures Canada which is taking place on 6th June 2019 in VR.
Suffice to say that you are in safe hands learning from Mike and the Lethbridge College team!!! The beauty and appeal of this course is that it is only a 1 year duration which will be spent focusing on 4 areas: fundamentals, experiential, spatial and application. Perfect! I really wish I was closer to the location as this is a course I would seriously consider taking myself!
If you are unable to attend these then you are in luck as I have some online courses that I can recommend for you too.
I completed VR and 360 Video Production which was great for providing you with rules to follow for shooting 360 videos. It was common sense stuff thrown in with a few hidden gems of knowledge nuggets that I personally hadn’t considered so that was time well spent for me.
They also have another Google AR&VR course on there called Introduction to Augmented Reality and ARCore. I haven’t studied that but perhaps it’s worth a look.
Getting Started with Augmented Reality from the Insitut Mines-Telecom was my first encounter with creating AR. Although I found it hard to follow in the beginning as a complete newbie, my projects did come together towards the end. There’s nothing more exciting than seeing something you learned about online becoming a physical application in front of your very own eyes!
Introduction to Virtual Reality by Google VR. I completed this course myself and found it quite informative, even if you already know the basics. Udacity also offer Nanodegrees in VR too. I haven’t enrolled in that yet but I have heard nothing but praise for them so be sure to check that out too.
Of course, there are tutorials on Unity directly that you can learn from. These were useful but incredibly dry to follow, however, for introducing you to the basic UI, components and physics then this is a great starting point. Considering you have decided to use Unity that is.
If Unity is your game engine of choice then I want to give a shout-out to Awesome Tuts as I have completed an online Udemy course that they taught as well as follow them on YouTube and Facebook for their lessons alongside extremely helpful developer community.
As well as learning with Unreal directly through their tutorials (I haven’t tried learning this game engine yet).
There’s a few on Lynda.com that I completed too nothing that springs to mind other than anything that includes Craig Barr. I would recommend his courses and weekly news.
Circuit Stream offer taster classes and I found their lecturers to be easy to follow and friendly. They offer full programmes as well but I haven’t completed any of those yet.
That’s all the courses that I know something about or have completed myself.
I would also recommend signing up to the VRARA Association newsletter so you are given information on when their free webinars are held alongside any updates.
Tony Skarredghost is such a talent and enjoys experiential immersive work. You should sign up for his newsletter to receive weekly news round-ups.
FReality – a weekly podcast that is also streamed to YouTube that talks about hardware and game experiences across the vr spectrum. Hosted by popular VR YouTubers/Twitch Streamers: Nathie, Mike (Virtual Reality Oasis), Rowdy Guy and Zimtok5.
Finally I learn a lot of information via AltSpaceVR through their many Social VR events.
I hope this is a helpful guide to get you started. It would be great to hear your thoughts or connect with you on Twitter to share our learning journeys together -)
Until next time!
Suzanne AKA TheHappyLass