Virtual Reality at UC Berkeley

Program Highlights

Analyze the best examples of virtual reality (VR) games and products to discover why they're successful and why some are failures.
Learn the essentials of world design - how to add details, effects, lighting, textures, layers, and materials.
Learn the fundamentals of VR interaction, such as how to place and transform different world geometries and allow users to interact using in-world physics.
Learn the Unity development platform to create unique virtual reality experiences.
Prototype, test, and refine a game of your own with rules you define.
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Session 1:
June 23, 2024 July 5, 2024

Session 2:
July 7, 2024 July 19, 2024

Session 3:
July 21, 2024 August 2, 2024


University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

Course Overview

Once confined to the realm of science fiction, virtual reality (VR) is now revolutionizing sectors as diverse as entertainment, business, education, and healthcare. The VR industry is evolving at a rapid rate, and new platforms and capabilities are constantly emerging. The industry heavy hitters like Google, Microsoft, and Meta are increasingly focusing on this amazing technology and the opportunities it offers.

This innovative college-level course is perfectly designed to help high schoolers gain real world knowledge and experience before committing to a Virtual Reality pathway in college. Students will get the opportunity to apply their newly gained skills to a hands-on project by prototyping, testing, and refining a game of their own design with rules they define. While specific briefs vary from course to course, all of the projects are selected to perfectly complement the skills covered in class and enable students to create their own virtual reality experience. They will also earn a Certificate of Virtual Reality bootcamp course completion from an expert teacher. No prior VR experience required for this course.

Meet your instructor

Liza Knipscher

Virtual Reality University of Illinois, Chicago

Liza holds her Master's degree in Biomedical Visualization from the University of Illinois, Chicago and her Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience from Purchase College, SUNY.

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Topics you'll explore

Real World Insight

Students may get the opportunity to visit technology companies that are developing virtual reality gaming and working in the augmented reality metaverse.

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Hands on Learning

UC Berkeley is located near the heart of Silicon Valley, which provides opportunities for students to interact with professionals in the virtual reality field. They may also have the chance to visit a company specializing in this area of study.

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