Plymouth University
Virtual Reality Design BA (Hons)
Plymouth University

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Immersive technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, immersive audio and mixed reality now allow us to take traditional 2D experiences further by putting us inside incredible virtual environments, or by blending the real world with augmented digital content. Immersive media enhance the world around us by giving us access to information and knowledge in new, stimulating, useful and entertaining ways. Learn how to create content for this exciting new form of media and contribute to the way we will communicate, work and play in the future

The combination of new digital tools and devices, with the creative skills you will learn on this course, will equip you to develop not just new content, but to contribute to the creation of whole new markets and industries. From immersive gaming and interactive art, to flight simulations and surgical training tools, the possibilities are endless.

The first year allows you to experiment with a range of immersive technologies and learn the fundamentals of immersion, narrative, character and environment creation. You will undertake a series of short, quick workshops and projects that help you to develop key skills in producing compelling content for immersive media.

The second year of the programme introduces you to the numerous commercial contexts in which immersive media can add value and be deployed. It provides you with valuable enterprise and entrepreneurial skills that will be essential in your future employability. You will additionally learn how to develop your own workflow process and continue to learn more essential technical and creative skills.

The programme incorporates an optional “placement year” which you can use to get a placement in industry. Work for yourself as a freelancer, or take the opportunity to develop your own business or idea for and immersive service or product. A well spent placement year will help you to broaden your range of skills and appreciate your final year in the context of real-world development.

Your final year allows you to develop a major piece of independent work which will consolidate the skills you have learnt throughout the programme and provide you with an excellent portfolio piece. You will also develop additional collateral for self-promotion when you are seeking employment.

The programme is designed to be interdisciplinary and allows you to work with students from across the school and university and in a variety of sectors such as entertainment, health and engineering. You will have access to a brand new Immersive Suites and will be taught by a range of experienced lecturers who have extensive experience in academia and their respective industries.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

Including a minimum of 2 A Levels, General Studies accepted.

Qualification requirements

96-112 tariff points, including a minimum of 2 A Levels, General Studies accepted

In combination with Advanced Highers

Considered in combination

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (e.g. Preferably Art & Design, Humanities or Combined), with at least 33 credits at Merit and/or Distinction.

96-112 tariff points, including two Advanced Highers English and Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

In any subject

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

English and Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

In any subject

96-112 tariff points overall. English and Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

GCSE Maths and English Grade C/4 or above required.

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6 With 5.5 in all elements.

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Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Virtual Reality Design, BA (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

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About Plymouth University

Founded in 1992, Plymouth University is established in the small city of Plymouth, South West England. The university has a variety of residence halls at distinct price points, and all within walking distance of your classrooms. When wandering off-campus, students will find a blend of both urban and rural surroundings, ensuring that there’s something for everyone here.

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