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Virtual and Augmented Reality (with placement year)

BSc (Hons)
Entry 2018: BBB / 120 UCAS points
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
UCAS code: I701
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
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This brand-new BSc (Hons) programme in Virtual and Augmented Reality (with placement year) is one of the first of its kind in the UK.

It sits alongside our established games design, animation, visual effects and film production programmes, representing the future direction of these industries

It will give you the technical and creative skills you need to become a professional virtual / augmented / mixed reality artist, equipped to enter a fast growing and incredibly exciting sector.

You’ll learn techniques such as:

  • 3D modelling
  • motion capture
  • digital compositing
  • programming
  • games design and app development

You will develop core creative and technical understanding through research and practitioner informed teaching, and hands-on production projects.

You won't just learn to use the software - you will develop crucial social, industry, artistic, and scientific skills and context.

The industry regularly states that this broad knowledge base is missing in most graduates, and is in great demand - making you highly employable upon graduation.

Why Bradford?

This new programme builds on Bradford’s proud track record for technological innovation.

This programme has been developed to produce the next generation of VR designers, fulfilling the needs of this growing industry for well-rounded, highly skilled and critically aware graduates.

You will have the opportunity to learn and engage with a wide pool of industry expert academics that span the creative industries. You will work with both professors and researchers to bring new exciting technology and knowledge into the world, whilst also being taught directly by professionals that are currently working at production companies.

We offer outstanding facilities, and are passionate about our industry and developing creative, highly skilled graduates.

Upon graduation you’ll have an extensive portfolio of work ready to showcase to graduate employers.

Practical elements of the programme will enable you to build a substantial portfolio of work, while the outstanding extra-curricular opportunities open to you at Bradford will allow you to stand out when stepping into the competitive graduate employment market.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: BBB / 120 UCAS points

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDM - there are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

If you are an international student and you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Year One

  • Moving Image Production (Core, 20 credits)
  • Introduction to 3D Computer Modelling and Animation (Core, 20 credits)
  • Creativity and Imagination (Core, 20 credits)
  • Introduction to Digital Visual Effects (Core, 20 credits)
  • Introduction to Virtual Reality (Core, 20 credits)
  • Application Programming And Development (Core, 20 credits)

Year Two

  • Augmented Reality (Core, 20 credits)
  • Cinematography (Core, 20 credits)
  • 3D and VR Workflows and Theory (Core, 20 credits)
  • Look Development, Lighting and Advanced Rendering (Core, 20 credits)
  • Digital Compositing and Post Production for VR (Core, 20 credits)
  • Indie Games Concept Design & Development (Option, 20 credits)
  • Motion Capture & Digital Scanning (Option, 20 credits)

Year Three

  • Individual Project (Core, 40 credits)
  • Major Project Preproduction (Core, 20 credits)
  • Major Project Production (Core, 40 credits)
  • Motion Capture and Digital Scanning (Option, 20 credits)
  • Facial Modelling/Animation (Option, 20 credits)
  • AI for Games (Option, 20 credits)
  • Technical Effects & Physics for CGI & VFX (Option, 20 credits)
  • Application Programming & Development (Option, 20 credits)

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

Most modules use a mixture of formal lectures, practical lab sessions, tutorials and seminars.

Some modules involve supervised group work, usually with an assigned academic staff member for each group.

All modules require students to undertake independent study, supported through distance learning technologies such as our Virtual Learning Environment.

Reading lists and suggested resources for independent study provide further direction for students to undertake this work, and regular contact hours and informal feedback throughout the courses provide opportunities for further guidance for learners.

Assessments for modules mostly take the form of practical coursework, lab tests and written exams, with all forms being well represented throughout all years of the course across all modules


This BSc (Hons) Virtual Reality (with placement year) programme offers you the opportunity to take up a placement year working in industry in your third year.

The placement year is an excellent way to develop your professional experience, build industry contacts, and gain insight into the day-to-day work of a VR professional.

Support for placement applications is plentiful, with a dedicated Faculty Career Development Advisor and academic staff members overseeing placement students. All students on placement are assigned an academic supervisor who will visit them during their placement year and can provide advice and guidance.

After completing your placement you’ll return to complete the final year of the programme, and apply all you’ve learnt to your final project. 

Study Abroad

All of our programmes offer the opportunity to study abroad, with two semesters at an international partner institution.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) is becoming increasingly important and visible in the entertainment industries; particularly film and games, real world spaces and apps. It is also set to play an important role in areas such as training (in medical education, for example) and sustainable development. As a graduate you'll be ideally placed to enter a thriving industry, and will be part of the next wave of creative, and technical fusion. As a technically skilled artist in this space, you'll be future proof and able to capitalise on a wide range of opportunities

Study Support

We have a commitment to strong pastoral care for all of our students, which includes a Personal Tutor for all students, regular contact hours for tutor groups and our supportive student service teams who are always ready to help with any questions and provide the advice that you need.

In addition to standard study support through taught sessions, our Virtual Learning Environment allows students to access resources, participate in group work and submit work from anywhere in the world 24/7.

Our Personal Tutor system provides students with a specific academic staff member to support them through regular meetings and interactive activities, acting as an independent source of advice and guidance on making the transition to Higher Education and assisting them with any questions or problems they encounter.

University central services are rich with support teams to assist students with every aspect of their journey through our degree courses.

From our Career and Employability Service, through our strong Students' Union, to our professional and efficient Student Finance team, there are always friendly faces ready to support you and provide you with the answers that you need.


All our staff are research active, contributing to the cutting edge of their disciplines.

Bradford has a strong pedigree of world leading research, and our aim is to ensure that students benefit from our staff’s insight into the future of their subject.

The integration of new and innovative research findings into our curriculum, known as Research Informed Teaching, is a core value and one of the key principles driving the design of our courses and our modules.

Particularly in the final year, but throughout your studies from the very first day, you'll get an insight into the future of the Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality business, and the opportunities presented when they come together.


Our facilities include:

  • Chroma Key studio
  • Faro LiDAR Scanners
  • 4K/6K cinema cameras
  • 16-camera Vicon Motion Capture suite
  • the latest VR/AR equipment
  • dedicated simulation and rendering studios
  • HD video and broadcast TV cameras
  • broadcast TV studio
  • Outside Broadcast Truck
  • audio recording studio and photography studio
  • production labs with state of the art workstations and the latest industry standard software such as Adobe Suite, Unity, Houdini, Nuke, Maya, ZBrush, Katana, Mari and Renderman

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