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Higher Certificate in Virtual Reality


Course Overview

The Higher Certificate in Virtual Reality is an entry level, skills focused programme. The programme develops students’ skills and knowledge in applying consumer level VR and AR hardware and software to produce immersive interactive experiences. Instead of focusing on a specific industry, this programme focuses on the core technical and design consideration of working with these technologies. By doing so, the outcomes of the program are applicable to a wide range of paraprofessional industry roles and applications in areas such as health, tourism, medical, military and entertainment.

Course Aims

The programme combines the application of technical skills, design processes, critical reflection, and transferable skills development. Students will learn the technical workflows associated with common augmented and virtual reality platforms, including scripting and asset pipeline, apply design and project management processes.

Practical skills are developed in the process of addressing real world and experimental assessments that ask students to make a range of focused, immersive interactive experiences which build their skills and knowledge in this field. There is an emphasis on approaching the assessment tasks from the perspective of a paraprofessional role.


Higher Certificate in Virtual Reality

Duration 1 year; NQF Level 5

  • Cape Town
  • Johannesburg


You will Learn:

  • Augmented reality (AR) technology use
  • Virtual reality (VR) technology use
  • Mixed reality (MR) technology use
  • Haptic technologies
  • Human-computer interaction (HCI)
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Scripting
  • Creative problem solving
  • Critical reflection
  • Working under supervision in a paraprofessional role
  • Introductory design and critical reflection processes
  • Technical pipelines and workflow
  • Introductory project management


Career options:

  • Augmented Reality Application Designer / Developer
  • Virtual Reality Application Designer / Developer
  • Interaction Designer
  • Creative Media Project Teams


Higher Certificate in Virtual Reality
Managing Software Projects Virtual Reality Technologies Augmented Reality Technologies
Scholarly Perspectives on Computer Mediated Reality Contemporary Industrial Practices Mixed Reality Hardware Computer Mediated Reality Major Project

Key facts


    1 Year Full Time


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Entry requirements

Basic Entry Requirements

  • A National Senior Certificate (Grade 12) or equivalent academic learning of an NQF 4 qualification or higher, with university exemption/endorsement.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Adequate hearing abilities & adequately sighted.
English Language Proficiency

Successful applicants for all courses must be proficient in written and spoken English.

In case of TOEFL or IELTS testing, students must score:

  • 6.0 on IELTS
  • 550 on TOEFL (paper-based)
  • 213 on TOEFL (computer-based)
  • 79 (Internet based)

If an applicant is a native English speaker or has studied in the medium of English on a secondary or post-secondary level, then the English language test requirement may be waived.

Fees and Payments

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