The major you choose sets a tone for your life. Majoring in CS can net you a high paying job at an exciting startup. Majoring in biology could set you on the path for medical school and an eventual MD. And majoring in history can lead to you having a very pretty piece of paper to frame and put on your wall. But your parents will have to pay for the frame.
The University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona is announcing that it will be resurrecting a degree program that has been buried for decades. This program will allow students the option to major in virtual reality and begin careers working in one of the world’s most exciting new technologies.
According to a release from UAT, the institution originally began offering this unique degree tract all the way back in 1991. The VR scene was present at that point in history but it did not poses anywhere near the traction and mass-market potential that it does today in a post-Oculus world. Because of this resurgence in VR’s popularity, and its potential as a viable job market, UAT made the decision to bring back the VR major 25 years after it was shuttered.
The UAT virtual reality degree will be available for students to embark in beginning in the upcoming Autumn 2016 semester. The program is only available for students attending the school in person (ironic) and will not be possible as an online course at this time.
UAT is also exploring other immersive education options including Augmented Reality as well. The school will begin to offer its first AR class this Autumn although no major is available for that particular discipline at present.