What Coursework is Included in a Typical Virtual Modeling and Design Program? ACR Takes a Look.
|Advanced Lighting Materials|
|Drawing as Design Thinking|
|History & Theory of Virtual Reality|
|Integrated Art & Design|
|Integrated Design Process|
|Theory & Applicaiton of Virtual Reality|
What is Virtual Modeling and Design?
Virtual modeling and design is the process of creating virtual models of objects, humans, animals, etc., for use in virtual reality, simulation, or other applications. Virtual model and design artists use 3D modeling, animation, character design, worldbuilding, spatial design, and more to create virtual models. Virtual modeling and design is often used in the entertainment industry, construction, architecture, interior design, planning departments, the automotive industry, science, and the medical field.
What are the Types of Courses for Virtual Modeling and Design Programs?
Virtual modeling and design programs integrate design thinking, virtual technology, art, computer science, humanities and the social sciences. Students will learn how to use the latest virtual design technologies to create effective virtual environments for a variety of purposes. They will explore 3D modeling, animation, character design, worldbuilding, game engines, immersive storytelling and augmented/mixed reality. Students will develop the skills and knowledge to transform physical reality into virtual experiences that affect all the human senses.
Many programs offer the opportunity to focus in areas such as entertainment, visualization, simulation, and innovation. Programs also offer electives that support students’ personal career goals. Sample courses for virtual modeling and design programs include:
- Advanced Modeling
- Advanced Lighting Materials
- Character Design
- Cross Reality
- Drawing as Design Thinking
- General Physics
- History & Theory of Virtual Reality
- Integrated Art & Design
- Integrated Design Process
- Theory & Application of Virtual Reality
- Virtual Design
- Visual Effects
In the final year of study, virtual modeling and design students will have the opportunity to complete a senior project or capstone, portfolio, and internship. Some internships offer a small stipend or salary, while others offer school credit only. Either way, an internship is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience and make valuable contacts in the virtual modeling and design industry.
What Can I Do With a Degree in Virtual Modeling and Design?
Virtual modelers work in the entertainment industry, technology, construction, architecture, interior design, planning departments, science, and medical. Possible job titles include animator, graphic designer, game designer, virtual world designer, construction animator, architectural animator, designer, model designer, science modeler, medical modeler, automotive modeler, and planning modeler.