Virtual Reality & Immersive Media

Major: Virtual Reality and Immersive Media
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 186.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code:
09.0702
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9199

About the Program

The design and production of Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), 360° Video and other Immersive Media formats requires a unique skill set—creative thinking, understanding of design, aesthetic sensitivity, and storytelling are balanced with technical knowledge in areas such as 3D Computer Graphics, Animation, Visual Effects, interactivity, digital camera and image processing technologies. Additionally, critical thinking, the ability to collaborate effectively and communication skills are also integral to success in this rapidly expanding industry.

Drexel’s Bachelor of Science in Virtual Reality & Immersive Media program encompasses foundation courses in the applied and social sciences, the humanities, and a wide range of professional digital media coursework to prepare students for careers in VR/AR and related Immersive Media fields. At the heart of the curriculum are the design and production labs and workshops where students are challenged to apply their knowledge acquired from the above disciplines to consequential design problems.

Admission Requirements

In addition to standard application requirements, VRIM requires program director review of an additional, major specific essay question and applicant portfolio.

Degree Requirements

General Education
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
PHYS 121Physical Science for Design I4.0
PHYS 122Physical Science for Design II4.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience0.0-2.0
Required Arts and Humanities-students elect a minimum of 9.0 credits9.0
Required Social Science-students elect a minimum of 9.0 credits9.0
Free electives24.0
Art and Art History Requirements
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
ARTH 103History of Art III: Modern Art3.0
ARTH 300 [WI] History of Modern Design3.0
VSST 108Design I for Media3.0
VSST 109Design II for Media3.0
VSST 110Introductory Drawing3.0
VSST 111Figure Drawing I3.0
VSST 210Painting Basics3.0
Media and Computer Science Requirements
CS 171Computer Programming I3.0
FMVD 206Audio Production and Post3.0
Digital Media Requirements
ANIM 140Computer Graphics Imagery I3.0
ANIM 141Computer Graphics Imagery II3.0
ANIM 211Animation I3.0
ANIM 212Animation II3.0
ANIM 215History of Animation3.0
ANIM 220Digital Compositing I3.0
DIGM 105Overview of Digital Media3.0
DIGM 223Creative Concept Design3.0
DIGM 350 [WI] Digital Storytelling3.0
DIGM 451 [WI] Explorations in New Media3.0
DIGM 475 [WI] Seminar: The Future of Digital Media3.0
DIGM 490Digital Media Senior Project *9.0
DIGM 491Digital Media Senior Project Studio **3.0
GMAP 260Overview of Computer Gaming3.0
IDM 100Introduction to Web Development3.0
Immersive Media Requirements
VRIM 100Digital Tools for VR/AR Media3.0
VRIM 110Digital Imaging for VR/AR Media3.0
VRIM 120VR/AR Production Lab I3.0
VRIM 220VR/AR Production Lab II3.0
VRIM 250Professional Practices for Immersive Media 3.0
VRIM 310Immersive Media Workshop I3.0
VRIM 320Immersive Media Workshop II3.0
Immersive Media Electives (Choose 5 of the following classes)15.0
Organic Modeling I
Advanced Lighting
Character Animation I
Character Animation II
Organic Modeling II
Spatial Data Capture
Advanced Compositing
Advanced Animation
Computer Programming II
Advanced Programming Tools and Techniques
Game Development Foundations
Character Animation for Gaming
Total Credits184.0-186.0

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
DIGM 105Overview of Digital Media3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
PHYS 121Physical Science for Design I4.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
VRIM 100Digital Tools for VR/AR Media3.0
VSST 110Introductory Drawing3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 2
ANIM 140Computer Graphics Imagery I3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
PHYS 122Physical Science for Design II4.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
VRIM 110Digital Imaging for VR/AR Media3.0
VSST 108Design I for Media3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 3
ANIM 141Computer Graphics Imagery II3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
VRIM 120VR/AR Production Lab I3.0
VSST 109Design II for Media3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 4
ANIM 211Animation I3.0
CS 171Computer Programming I3.0
DIGM 223Creative Concept Design3.0
GMAP 260Overview of Computer Gaming3.0
VSST 210Painting Basics3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 5
ANIM 212Animation II3.0
ANIM 215History of Animation3.0
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
IDM 100Introduction to Web Development3.0
VSST 111Figure Drawing I3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 6
ANIM 220Digital Compositing I3.0
ARTH 103History of Art III: Modern Art3.0
VRIM 220VR/AR Production Lab II3.0
Elective3.0
Immersive Media Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 7
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
DIGM 350 [WI] Digital Storytelling3.0
FMVD 206Audio Production and Post3.0
VRIM 250Professional Practices for Immersive Media 3.0
Immersive Media Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
ARTH 300 [WI] History of Modern Design3.0
DIGM 451 [WI] Explorations in New Media3.0
VRIM 310Immersive Media Workshop I3.0
Elective3.0
Immersive Media Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
DIGM 475 [WI] Seminar: The Future of Digital Media3.0
VRIM 320Immersive Media Workshop II3.0
Arts & Humanities Elective3.0
Immersive Media Elective3.0
Social Science Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
DIGM 490Digital Media Senior Project3.0
DIGM 491Digital Media Senior Project Studio1.0
Arts & Humanities Elective3.0
Elective3.0
Immersive Media Elective3.0
Social Science Elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 11
DIGM 490Digital Media Senior Project3.0
DIGM 491Digital Media Senior Project Studio1.0
Elective6.0
Social Science Elective3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 12
DIGM 490Digital Media Senior Project3.0
DIGM 491Digital Media Senior Project Studio1.0
Arts & Humanities Elective3.0
Elective9.0
 Term Credits16.0
Total Credit: 186.0

Facilities

This major is based in the Westphal College's Digital Media Department, located in the Westphal College's URBN Center.

The central creative space for the department is the Animation Capture & Effects Lab (ACE-Lab), featuring a 1200-sq-ft open studio space dedicated to digital media production. The studio features include a 25-foot-by-17-foot green screen cyclorama, studio lighting and modifiers, HD/2k/4k camera systems, camera dolly, Vicon Vantage motion capture system, stereo-360 “VR Video” capture systems, room-scale VR tracking systems, and a full 360° Immersive Projection Dome among other resources.

Additional spaces surrounding the main studio include screening rooms, classrooms and computer labs featuring advanced graphics work stations, VR labs, research labs, meeting rooms and faculty offices.

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