UBC Extended Learning Partners with Circuit Stream to Launch New AR / VR Courses
Extended Reality (XR) courses will help open up new career opportunities in Vancouver in the growing XR development industry.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – (BUSINESS WIRE) – The University of British Columbia Extended Learning (UBC ExL) and Circuit Stream have partnered to deliver Extended Reality (XR) training programs for learners of the British Columbia. The practical, project-based courses are designed to help students achieve multiple diplomas certifying their skills in the rapidly growing 3D technology market.
Vancouver has established itself as a globally recognized center for games, film, entertainment and other interactive media. Over 150 game companies employ 6,000 Vancouver-based professionals, making it a prime location for the development of augmented and virtual reality. The global AR / VR industry is expected to grow approximately 25% by 2021 and professional training in this area will help boost the BC economy and prepare students for jobs in the sectors. high-growth technologies of the future such as AR / VR.
The new UBC Extended Learning XR Development with Unity program offers students the choice of two XR development paths and a soon-to-be-introduced third path in XR design. Each path offers Circuit Stream’s main program. Students will gain real-time 3D skills throughout both pathways and gain the necessary experience for various careers in the XR industry.
Upon completion, students receive an XR Developer or XR Designer digital badge from Circuit Stream, a Certificate of Completion from the University of British Columbia Extended Learning, and the opportunity to earn an Associate Certification from Unity Technology Partner. .
The three courses offered are:
- XR development: A 10-week live online course that introduces the basics of building XR applications with Unity.
- XR design: A 10-week live online course that explores best practices for designing and prototyping intuitive, usable, and human-centric experiences for XR.
- C # script: A 4 week course that teaches C #, the basic programming language of Unity.
The lessons are suitable for beginners and there are no prerequisites.
“Industry demand for people with Unity 3D and XR training continues to increase. It is through partnerships with top Canadian universities like UBC Extended Learning that allow us to raise the skill level of future talent in technology markets and provide students with a significant edge for in-demand careers. in XR development, ”said Lou Pushelberg, CEO of Circuit Stream of the collaboration with UBC ExL.
Larry Bouthillier, Executive Director of UBC Extended Learning, adds: “Partnering with education expert Circuit Stream allows us to expand our course offerings and meet the needs of British Columbia’s rapidly evolving technology sector. . These courses provide students with concrete, ready-to-use skills that will help them succeed in an XR development career. ”
Graduates of Circuit Stream’s XR courses have found employment opportunities at companies such as Facebook, Unity, Accenture, and many fast-growing start-ups.
The start date of the next XR Development cohort with Unity is Tuesday, November 16, 2021. Find out more here.
About Circuit Stream:
Circuit Stream is the industry leader in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) training. Founded in 2015, the company has reached over 40,000 people through courses, workshops and online resources.
The company is a recognized expert in teaching Unity and providing XR design and development certifications to individuals and businesses around the world.
About UBC Extended Learning
UBC Extended Learning works with UBC faculties to create and deliver programs that meet the professional and personal needs of our communities, including alumni, current UBC students, and learners of all ages. Together, we provide exceptional learning opportunities, bringing UBC’s excellence in academia, teaching and research to the communities we serve, and strengthening UBC’s contribution to society, industry and government.
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