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Courses - September 2022

Level 1

Course Details

Conestoga 101
CON0101

Description:

This self-directed course focuses on introducing new students to the supports, services, and opportunities available at Conestoga College. By the end of this course, students will understand the academic expectations of the Conestoga learning environment, as well as the supports available to ensure their academic success. Students will also be able to identify on-campus services that support their health and wellness, and explore ways to get actively involved in the Conestoga community through co-curricular learning opportunities.

  • Hours: 1
  • Credits: 0
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Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality History and Theory
MDIA8020

Description:

From the holodeck to Ready Player One, content creators have continuously been looking for more immersive worlds. With the rapidly changing landscape of extended realities, learning the history of the medium can help us embark in new directions. This course will look back at beginning prototypes of virtual reality, how it has evolved today, and the future of extended reality.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Trends in Technology
MDIA8030

Description:

Remaining current with technology connected to Extended Reality (XR) is a challenge in the rapidly changing landscape of hardware, software and social media. Students will discover how various industries are adopting the latest XR technologies from e-commerce to manufacturing. This course will explore contemporary aspects of platforms and delivery of XR content to users in addition to developments in creation and consumption within the field.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Content Production Pipeline
MDIA8040

Description:

Producing content for the needs of new realities requires thoughtful planning and communication between teams. In the case of VR, you will learn how virtual worlds are constructed from raw digital assets and the complexity of all the components required in building an immersive experience. Compiling 360 videos will require video footage and capturing audio to provide the user with a seamless live-action experience. Students will explore AR experiences that transform a user's surroundings with integrating effects that follow movements of the user.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Virtual Reality Tech Lab I
MDIA8050

Description:

This lab will lead the student through the process of design, problem solving, creation of prototypes, and initial testing of experiences constructed from available tools. Students will work in teams while exploring visuals, audio, interaction, development, and publishing builds to multiple targets for testing and feedback. The final project will include the planning, implementation, and delivery of an extended reality experience.

  • Hours: 84
  • Credits: 6
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Virtual Reality Story I
MDIA8060

Description:

Telling stories is an activity that humankind has been doing since before language and writing were invented. Narrative design for extended reality projects differs greatly from the traditional storytelling used in broadcast or film. This course will investigate the mechanisms of classic and modern narrative and provide tools to tell an interactive story.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Virtual Reality Interaction Design I
DSGN8240

Description:

Developing truly immersive experiences requires a clearly designed interface to help users interact with a virtual world. This course investigates how we combine human-centered design techniques with leading edge technologies. For it to be a truly immersive experience, intuitive navigation for the user is critical and this course will help students develop those skills. Students will also learn the constraints, integration, and risks of the current iterations of software and hardware. From haptic gloves to touchscreens, we examine how we engage with machines, data, and each other.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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3D Animation Fundamentals
DSGN8250

Description:

Within this program students will learn the fundamental aspects of the production process and understand the requirements associated with the production pipeline for 3D animation. Traditional design, drawing and storytelling skills to the latest computer (software/hardware) skills will be examined. Students will create characters and customized environments which contribute towards the creation of unique content that is a building block of VR content.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Level 2

Course Details

Career Management
CDEV8130

Description:

This course focuses on career management skills needed to navigate the evolving workplace. Students will evaluate their skills, attitudes, and expectations within their chosen careers and explore emerging trends in the workplace. Students will refine their networking strategies and create marketing documents to position them for success. Mock interviews will provide the opportunity for practice, feedback, and reflection as students prepare for future interviews. Students will explore communication strategies that support workplace success and advancement. By the end of this course, students will have created a personalized career management plan.

  • Hours: 28
  • Credits: 2
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Virtual Reality Environment Construction
DSGN8260

Description:

Building extended realities requires realistic and believable environments. This course will build on previous knowledge of creating assets to help build these virtual worlds inside a game engine. Students will learn the importance of well-placed objects, particles, lights, and audio cues within an immersive environment.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Prototyping and Iteration
DSGN8270

Description:

Prototyping is one of the most valuable tools for creating extended realities. Knowing that a design direction is solid before investing great effort, speeds up design validation in the creation of VR applications. Using existing best practices, students will learn how to create rapid prototypes to explore the promise of a design vision.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Virtual Reality Interaction Design II
DSGN8280

Description:

One of the most challenging aspects of extended realities is creating realistic interactions that reflect human tendencies. In this course, further development of interfaces and user experience will be examined. Students will design and implement clear interactions within established guidelines. This course will explore human interaction as it pertains to alternate realities, including gestures, user input, and interfaces

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Virtual Reality Production Management
MDIA8070

Description:

End to end understanding, oversight, and managing of XR production through prototyping, testing, and delivery are essential to any project. Successful management depends on properly assessing the needs and challenges of a project and aligning key people for the tasks. Students will learn how to identify challenges, including costs and barriers, while managing XR projects. This course will also review current global market and ecosystems changing the way consumers interact with products.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Virtual Reality Story II
MDIA8080

Description:

This course represents the culmination of the skills required to create a virtual experience. In a capstone project, students will construct their own extended reality experience with emphasis on conveying a narrative while considering presence, scene setting, and character development. The final project will demonstrate an interesting point of view and presence.

  • Hours: 84
  • Credits: 6
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Virtual Reality Tech Lab II
MDIA8090

Description:

Exploration and experimentation of concepts gained from the other courses will be the focus of this lab. Students will create an immersive experience and implement best practices for development. The time and effort spent here will augment the Story II capstone and allow the student the freedom to expand on their personal learning paths and goals with instructor guidance and experience.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
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Program outcomes

  1. Design virtual reality content using appropriate digital platforms and technical principles to meet production requirements
  2. Communicate effectively with colleagues and clients to ensure production processes and workflows are followed through all stages of production
  3. Complete the production of 2D and 3D visual elements to create aesthetically relevant assets that promote exploration within the virtual environments
  4. Manage the production pipeline to meet schedules and budget constraints of a virtual reality production
  5. Select appropriate hardware and software protocols to create various forms of extended reality (XR) such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).
  6. Analyze aspects of real environments such as lighting, movement, and audio to digitally create them in a virtual environment using appropriate software and techniques.
  7. Work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams to produce virtual reality and other extended reality projects that meet client requirements.
  8. Develop and use personal and professional strategies and plans to improve professional growth and job performance
  9. Analyze trends and the evolution of virtual and augmented reality platforms to inform the design of extended reality applications
  10. Create extended reality experiences using a human-centred design approach that incorporates safe and ethical practices
  11. Experiment with various storytelling techniques that guide exploration within extended reality content for a richer user experience