Immersive experiences, including virtual and augmented reality, are the most exciting new mediums to emerge in the 21st century.
They can transport you to a new world that feels as real as the physical one around you, creating a totally unique experience for the user. On this course, you’ll be working on a once in a lifetime challenge: shaping and pioneering a medium that’s already having a major impact on our society.
Why study MA/MSc Virtual and Augmented Reality at Goldsmiths?
You'll have the chance to choose between two distinct pathways, depending on your interests. These are the 3D Graphics and User Experience Pathway and the Programming and Computer Science Pathway.
You’ll be creating virtual and augmented reality that is informed by both the technology and psychology of the medium, so you can create powerful experiences that make the most of its distinctive features.
This technology is used in a huge variety of industries including medicine, advertising, journalism and mental health therapy. When you graduate you’ll have the skills to work in these industries, as well as in more traditional gaming and film roles.
We treat virtual reality and augmented reality as interlinking technologies – you’ll be working in both areas and the various types of Mixed Reality that combine the two. You can also learn other areas of computing that can be applied to Virtual and Augmented Reality such as data visualisation, interactive art, games technology, machine learning and AI.
As well as being taught by leading experts in VR/AR experience, you’ll benefit from our links to an extensive network of VR companies. We regularly welcome them to campus to deliver talks.
We offer a work placement programme that will help kick start your VR career.
You’ll have access to a dedicated V&AR lab. The facilities will be updated each year to keep up with technology but they currently include a range of high-end head-mounted displays including Oculus Rift, HTC VIVE Pro and Windows MR, each with high-end graphics PCs. You’ll also have access to mobile VR setups (Oculus GO) and a professional motion capture suit which is synchronised with an HTC VIVE for full-body immersive experiences.
Our general computing facilities include the HatchLab, our maker space that can be used for, among other things, fabricating custom VR input or output devices.
We also offer an abridged online version of this course which you can try before registering for the full-time postgraduate course.
What you'll study
The programme is split into two pathways - the 3D Graphics and User Experience Pathway and the Programming and Computer Science Pathway.
All students on the programme will study core modules together, and will then split into their separate pathways, studying a variety of core and optional modules that relate to their chosen specialism.
Taken by all students:
Introduction to Virtual Reality
Introduction to Programming for Games
Advanced Topics in Virtual and Augmented Reality
For students on the 3D Graphics and User Experience Pathway:
Introduction to Modelling and Animation
For students on the Programming and Computer Science Pathway:
Mathematics and Graphics for Computer Games 1
You will then study 45 credits of optional modules. The following list is indicative and may change from year to year:
Advanced Modelling and Animation
Advanced Programming for Games and Interactive Graphics
Games Design and Games Analytics
History of Computer Games, Art and Animation
Tools and Middleware for Games and Special Effects
AI for Games
Workshops in Creative Coding 1
Workshops in Creative Coding 2
Data and Machine Learning for Artistic Practice
Approaches to Play 1
Approaches to Play 2
Physical Computing 1
Data Visualisation and the Web
You will also complete a final project which is worth 60 credits. This project will be specific to your chosen pathway.
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You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject.
You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.
We accept a wide range of international qualifications.
If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.
How to apply
You apply directly to Goldsmiths using our online application system.
Before submitting your application you’ll need to have:
Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
A personal statement – this can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF or completed online
If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript (this is particularly important if you have studied outside of the UK, but isn’t mandatory)
You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.
When to apply
We accept applications from October for students wanting to start the following September.
We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you haven't finished your current programme of study. It's very common to be offered a place that is conditional on you achieving a particular qualification.
Late applications will only be considered if there are spaces available.
If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an earlier application deadline.
This programme will enable you to take on a creative or technical role in Virtual and Augmented Reality, for example, a programmer, artist or user experience designer. It would prepare you to be an indie creator, working independently or in small teams or a member of a larger “AAA” team.
The knowledge gained would also help in other roles associated with the V&AR industry such as producer or manager.
Virtual and Augmented Reality is being applied in a very wide range of domains and industries: games, film, medicine, journalism, advertising, education, engineering and many other industries. Your expertise in the medium will open up jobs in this area and many more. Our industry advisory board helps us ensure that the content you learn will stay relevant to the needs of an ever-changing workplace.
You may also consider going into an academic career. This degree will put you in a good position to apply for one of our PhD Studentships, which can lead to PhD study.