Virtual Reality & Immersive Media

Major: Virtual Reality and Immersive Media
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 187.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Four years); Three Co-op (Five 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
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
PHYS 170Electricity and Motion3.0
PHYS 171Computational Lab for Electricity and Motion1.0
PHYS 175Light and Sound3.0
PHYS 176Computational Lab for Light and Sound1.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience2.0
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 Western Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
ARTH 103History of Western 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 155Previsualization for Animated Production3.0
ANIM 145Realtime Visualization3.0
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 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
Computer Graphics Imagery II
Digital Compositing II
Advanced Lighting
Spatial Data Capture
Advanced Compositing
Advanced Animation
Computer Programming II
Advanced Programming Tools and Techniques
Digital Cultural Heritage
Game Development Foundations
Character Animation for Gaming
Independent Study in Immersive Media
Independent Study in Immersive Media
Independent Study in Immersive Media
Independent Study in Immersive Media
Special Topics in Immersive Media
Special Topics in Immersive Media
Special Topics in Immersive Media
Special Topics in Immersive Media
Total Credits187.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

4 year, 1 co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
DIGM 1053.0ANIM 1403.0ANIM 1453.0VACATION
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0CIVC 1011.0 
PHYS 1703.0PHYS 1753.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
PHYS 1711.0PHYS 1761.0MATH 1014.0 
UNIV A1011.0UNIV A1011.0VRIM 1203.0 
VRIM 1003.0VRIM 1103.0VSST 1093.0 
VSST 1103.0VSST 1083.0  
 17 17 17 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ANIM 1553.0ANIM 2123.0ANIM 2203.0COM 2303.0
ANIM 2113.0ANIM 2153.0ARTH 1033.0COOP 101***1.0
CS 1713.0ARTH 1023.0VRIM 2203.0DIGM 3503.0
GMAP 2603.0IDM 1003.0Elective3.0FMVD 2063.0
VSST 2103.0VSST 1113.0Immersive Media Elective3.0VRIM 2503.0
   Immersive Media Elective3.0
 15 15 15 16
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ARTH 3003.0DIGM 4753.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
DIGM 4513.0VRIM 3203.0  
VRIM 3103.0Arts and Humanities Elective3.0  
Elective3.0Immersive Media Elective3.0  
Immersive Media Elective3.0Social Science Elective3.0  
 15 15 0 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
DIGM 4903.0DIGM 4903.0DIGM 4903.0 
DIGM 4911.0DIGM 4911.0DIGM 4911.0 
Arts and Humanities Elective3.0Electives6.0Arts and Humanities Elective3.0 
Elective3.0Social Science Elective3.0Electives9.0 
Immersive Media Elective3.0   
Social Science Elective3.0   
 16 13 16 
Total Credits 187

 5-Year, 3 co-ops

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
DIGM 1053.0ANIM 1403.0ANIM 1453.0VACATION
ENGL 101 or 1113.0COOP 101***1.0CIVC 1011.0 
PHYS 1703.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
PHYS 1711.0PHYS 1753.0MATH 1014.0 
UNIV A1011.0PHYS 1761.0VRIM 1203.0 
VRIM 1003.0UNIV A1011.0VSST 1093.0 
VSST 1103.0VRIM 1103.0  
 VSST 1083.0  
 17 18 17 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEANIM 1553.0ANIM 2123.0
  ANIM 2113.0ANIM 2153.0
  CS 1713.0ARTH 1023.0
  GMAP 2603.0IDM 1003.0
  VSST 2103.0VSST 1113.0
 0 0 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEANIM 2203.0COM 2303.0
  ARTH 1033.0DIGM 3503.0
  VRIM 2203.0FMVD 2063.0
  Elective3.0VRIM 2503.0
  Immersive Media Elective3.0Immersive Media Elective3.0
 0 0 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEARTH 3003.0DIGM 4753.0
  DIGM 4513.0VRIM 3203.0
  VRIM 3103.0Arts and Humanities Elective3.0
  Elective3.0Immersive Media Elective3.0
  Immersive Media Elective3.0Social Science Elective3.0
 0 0 15 15
Fifth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
DIGM 4903.0DIGM 4903.0DIGM 4903.0 
DIGM 4911.0DIGM 4911.0DIGM 4911.0 
Arts and Humanities Elective3.0Electives6.0Arts and Humanities Elective3.0 
Elective3.0Social Science Elective3.0Electives9.0 
Immersive Media Elective3.0   
Social Science Elective3.0   
 16 13 16 
Total Credits 187

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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