Nanodegree Program

Become a VR Developer

Intensify your engagement with immersive technologies

Master the latest tools and technologies, and put your tech skills to work in the exciting field of VR! Learn from industry experts like Google, Unity, and HTC, and become a Virtual Reality Developer.

  • TIME
    3 Terms — 2 months each

    Study 10 hrs/week and complete in 6 mo.

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  • Prerequisites
    none for term 1

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Why Take This Nanodegree Program?

In this program, you’ll gain the skills needed to develop world-class Virtual Reality content. You’ll master the core principles of VR development and design, learn to turn your creative ideas into high-performance VR applications, and pursue an advanced concentration as you transform from VR generalist to in-demand specialist.


Why Take This Nanodegree Program?

Virtual reality job openings are up 800%

FOUNDATIONS
Term 1

total

If you’re new to Unity, select Term 1, and start learning the foundations of VR development in Unity.

ESSENTIALS
Term 2
$400 USD

total

If you have a working knowledge of Unity as a game developer or digital storyteller, select Term 2.

All students will ultimately advance to Term 3. Completion of Term 3 is required to graduate.

You'll enroll in Term 3 upon completing Term 2. The cost for Term 3 is 1500 SAR.

What You Will Learn

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Term 1

VR Foundations

Focus on the fundamentals of using the Unity Game Engine to build beautiful and performant VR scenes, and learn how to make your VR experience more dynamic and responsive by using C# programming in the Unity interface.

Focus on the fundamentals of using the Unity Game Engine to build beautiful and performant VR scenes, and learn how to make your VR experience more dynamic and responsive by using C# programming in the Unity interface.

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2 months to complete

Term 2

VR Essentials

You’ll learn the fundamentals of VR design including ergonomics, user testing, and interface design, as you establish a solid foundation to approach any VR design task. You’ll hear exclusive perspective from industry professionals about the future of VR, and start preparing for your concentration.

You’ll learn the fundamentals of VR design including ergonomics, user testing, and interface design, as you establish a solid foundation to approach any VR design task.

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2 months to complete

Term 3

Your VR Specialization

Here is where you’re transformed from VR generalist to in-demand specialist! You’ll select one of three concentrations—Mobile Performance & 360 Media, High-Immersion Unity, or High-Immersion Unreal—and work through specialized projects on the way to your final Capstone Project!

You’ll select one of three concentrations—Mobile Performance & 360 Media, High-Immersion Unity, or High-Immersion Unreal—and work through specialized projects on the way to your final Capstone Project!

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2 months to complete

“The partnership with Udacity is central to our efforts to disseminate critical information on Samsung technologies to the developer community. Within this framework, the Udacity VR Nanodegree program is an excellent vehicle to engage developers and strengthen the Gear VR ecosystem.”

— MIHAI POHUNTU, VP, EMERGING PLATFORMS, SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS AMERICA

Learn with the best

Christian Plagemann
Christian Plagemann

Curriculum Developer

Christian co-founded the VR Team at Google, started the VR Nanodegree program at Udacity, and developed this VR curriculum together with our partners and the team.

Matt Sonic
Matt Sonic

Product Lead

Matt is a serial entrepreneur, artist, engineer, and founder of SFVR. His specialties are: virtual reality, computer graphics, interaction design, and high-performance programming.

Vasanth Mohan
Vasanth Mohan

Content Developer

Vasanth previously worked at Stanford's Virtual-Human Interaction Lab. In addition to Udacity, he is also working on an initiative called FusionEd to help raise aware for VR and inspire more people to get started creating content.

Suzanne Leibrick
Suzanne Leibrick

Content Developer

Suzanne is an independent VR designer. She is also a cofounder of ARVR Academy, a non-profit that teaches women VR and AR development at low cost, and aims to create gender parity in the VR and AR industry in 5 years.

Austin McCasland
Austin McCasland

Content Developer

Austin is a virtual reality user experience designer. His background is in interactive sculptural new media, and he has a Masters degree in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University.

Sky Nite
Sky Nite

Content Developer

Sky, also Head of Education at Upload VR, uses a combination of entrepreneurship, design, authorship, and engineering to create beneficial systems and media which will build cooperation towards an ever-improving future.

Joe Radak
Joe Radak

Content Developer

Joe is an independent game developer from New Jersey. He graduated with a degree in Astrophysics from Penn State University and is currently spending his time exploring VR game development with Unreal Engine 4.



World-Class Nanodegree Programs

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  • Why should I enroll in the VR Developer Nanodegree program?
    Virtual reality (VR) job openings are up 800% year-over-year. Demand for skilled VR developers and designers who can create high-quality content is growing at an unprecedented rate. The goal of this program is to equip you with the skills and experience you’ll need to take advantage of all this incredible opportunity. If you’re ready to start creating memorable and compelling experiences using the very latest virtual reality technologies, then this is the program for you!
  • What kinds of topics will the program cover?
    As a student of this program, you’ll master the core principles and foundations of virtual reality, develop and refine a keen sense for great VR design, and build performant and comfortable VR experiences as you become familiar with the most important SDKs and APIs of the major platforms, including PC and mobile.
  • How are you developing the curriculum, and who are your partners?
    Udacity is developing the VR Developer Nanodegree program in close partnership with leading experts in the virtual reality industry, including Unity, Samsung, HTC, Google, and Epic.

Become a VR Developer

Intensify your engagement with immersive technologies