CHICAGO, February 5, 2019 — Columbia College Chicago Online and Santa Clara University have announced a new partnership that will expand augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) education in the SCU community.

Starting this year, Santa Clara students enrolled through the partnership will have access to SCU’s Imaginarium, a space that serves as a laboratory for hands-on AR/VR experimentation. This “sandbox” for virtual and augmented learning exposes students to VR systems including the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Microsoft HoloLens.

“Columbia College Chicago Online is extremely proud to partner with SCU, an institution that shares our focus on innovation and entrepreneurism. With SCU’s Imaginarium space, California-based students will be able to take advantage of cutting-edge VR products while engaging in Columbia’s distinctive online curriculum,” said Rob Green, Vice Provost for Digital Learning.

Students can choose between three 8-week courses (Producing Augmented and Virtual Reality Experiences, Developing Augmented and Virtual Reality Apps, and Sound Design and Music for Immersive Media) or enroll in all three to earn an Augmented and Virtual Reality Professional Certificate. The courses cover the process of AR/VR production, Unity software basics, and techniques for integrating the technology into mobile app development or other creative projects.

As one of the first institutions to offer fully-online courses in augmented and virtual reality, Columbia Online is spearheading the AR/VR movement by teaming up with creative institutions like SCU. The shared goal is to provide working professionals and innovators with cutting-edge AR/VR education and the resources to back it up.

“The Imaginarium is an incredible space that will allow anyone taking the courses to have an immersive, hands-on experience,” said Debbie Tahmassebi, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Santa Clara. “We are very excited to be able to share the Imaginarium and partner with Columbia College on this exciting new venture.”

For more information about the new program, please contact Danielle Rauser, Director of Enrollment, at drauser@colum.edu.

About Columbia College Chicago Online

Columbia College Chicago Online provides in-demand curriculum to lifelong learners anywhere in the world. The interactive online learning environment was designed to give students the skills they need to cultivate sustainable careers in today’s demanding marketplace. With course work in emerging technologies like AR/VR, coding and app design, Columbia College Chicago Online is committed to providing the most cutting-edge curriculum for working professionals in ever-evolving industries

About the College of Arts and Sciences at Santa Clara University

The College of Arts and Sciences is the heart of Santa Clara University. Our faculty integrate transformative teaching and innovative scholarship to engage students in the processes of learning, discovery and reflection as members of a community of scholars. The College of Arts and Sciences Corporate Partners Program aims to redefine corporate engagement with undergraduate universities. As the Jesuit university in the Silicon Valley, the College of Arts and Sciences is distinctly positioned to provide companies a unique platform to serve their community. For more information, see www.scu.edu/cas.

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