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Augmented & Virtual Reality Development

The Higher Diploma in VR/AR Development is an NFQ Level 8 two-year part-time course that will provide students with the knowledge, skills and competencies to design, develop and evaluate immersive user experiences with virtual, augmented and mixed reality technologies. The course is developed with the support of a range of companies and organisations working in the field of immersive technologies.

Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR), collectively referred to as Immersive Technologies, are changing the way people and enterprises communicate, interact, and consume content. Immersive technologies, which are being deployed in a variety of application domains (Gaming, Entertainment, Retail, Advertising, Real-Estate, Healthcare, Education, Engineering, Robotics, Tourism) are disrupting, transforming and reshaping existing markets while at the same time facilitating and driving the creation of new markets.

Entry requirements

Applicants must possess an Honours Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8) or equivalent in the field of study of Art, Design, Computing, Engineering or a cognate discipline.

Applicants who do not meet the academic entry requirements but who have significant relevant experience in the technology or media sectors can apply under the Institute's Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy that allows for the recognition of both formal and informal learning, non-accredited personal and professional education and work-based learning.


2 Years
The course will be delivered over 2 years (4 semesters) in part-time blended mode (80% online, 20% face-to-face) and will be ideally suited to those who cannot commit to full-time study. Online learning will be supported using the Institute's online Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle).

For face-to-face learning attendance is required on the DkIT campus one Saturday per month (maximum 3 times per semester). Online learning will take place in the evening between 7:00pm– 10:00pm. This flexible delivery model is used to ensure that every opportunity is given to students to participate in the course, particularly in the context of upskilling and reskilling for those in employment.

Number of credits


Further enquiries

Dr Brendan Ryder,
Head of Department
of Visual and Human-Centred Computing,
T +353 (0)42937 0200

Subjects taught

Course modules include:
AR/VR Theory
UX for Immersive Technologies
Programming for 3D Computer Graphics 1
Computer Animation Theory and Practice
Sound for Immersive Technologies
360 Film Techniques and VFX Compositing


Awarding Body
Dundalk Institute of Technology Higher Diploma level 8

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Application date

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Course fee


*Applicants may pay in instalments. Please visit for more information.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: Spring 2019

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