Courses in extended reality (XR) will help open new career opportunities in Vancouver in the fast-growing XR development industry.
Vancouver, British Columbia, Novemver 5, 2021 -- University of British Columbia Extended Learning (UBC ExL) and Circuit Stream have partnered to offer extended reality (XR) training programs targeted to BC learners. The hands-on, project-based courses are designed to help students earn several credentials certifying their skills in the rapidly growing 3D technology market.
Vancouver has established itself as a globally recognized centre for gaming, film, entertainment, and other interactive media. More than 150 game companies employ 6,000 professionals based in Vancouver, making it a prime location for augmented and virtual reality development. The global AR/VR industry is estimated to grow by around 25% through 2021 and skills training in this field will help boost the BC economy and prepare students for jobs in high-growth technology sectors of the future like AR/VR.
The new UBC Extended Learning XR Development with Unity program gives students the choice of two paths in XR development, and a third, soon-to-be-introduced path, in XR design. Each path offers Circuit Stream's leading curriculum. Students will learn real-time 3D skills throughout both paths and gain the experience needed for various careers in the XR industry.
Upon completion, students receive an XR Developer or XR Designer digital badge from Circuit Stream, a certificate of completion from the University of British Columbia Extended Learning, and the chance to earn an Associate Certification from technology partner Unity.
The three courses being offered are:
- XR Development: A 10-week live online course that introduces the fundamentals of creating XR applications with Unity.
- XR Design: A 10-week live online course that explores best practices to design and prototype intuitive, usable and human-centered experiences for XR.
- C# Scripting: A 4-week course that teaches C#, the core programming language of Unity.
The courses are beginner friendly and there are no prerequisites.
“The industry demand for individuals with Unity 3D and XR training is continuing to rise. It's through partnerships with top Canadian universities like UBC Extended Learning that enable us to raise the skill level for future talent in technology markets, and provide students with a significant advantage for in-demand careers in XR development," said Circuit Stream CEO Lou Pushelberg about the collaboration with UBC ExL.
Adds Larry Bouthillier, Executive Director for UBC Extended Learning, "Partnering with education expert Circuit Stream enables us to scale our course offerings and meet the needs of BC's fast-evolving technology sector. These courses offer students real-world, job-ready skills that will help them succeed in an XR development career."
Graduates of Circuit Stream's XR courses have found job opportunities with companies including Facebook, Unity, Accenture and numerous fast-growing start-ups.
The start date for the next XR Development with Unity cohort is Tuesday, November 16, 2021. Learn more here.
About Circuit Stream
Circuit Stream is the industry leader in providing virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) education. Established in 2015, the company has reached over 40,000 people through courses, workshops, and online resources.
The company is a recognized expert in teaching Unity and providing certifications in XR design and development to individuals and companies globally.
About UBC Extended Learning
UBC Extended Learning works with UBC faculties to create and deliver programs that meet the career and personal needs of our communities, including alumni, current UBC students and learners of all ages. Together, we provide outstanding learning opportunities, bringing UBC excellence in academics, teaching and research to the communities we serve, and strengthening UBC’s contribution to society, industry and government.