Equip yourself with the creative skills and latest immersive technologies to find new ways to solve complex problems by connecting the physical and digital world. You'll be part of a workforce that is positioned to meet industry’s rapidly transforming approaches to manufacturing, training, modelling, planning and more.

 

Faculty
Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Award
Master of Visualisation, Simulation, and Immersive Design
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
1.7 Year(s)

Overview

The Master of Visualisation, Simulation & Immersive Design will equip you to become a future-ready design leader. You’ll graduate capable of understanding and meeting the growing demand for immersive practices across many industries.

This program offers a unique human-centric and design-led approach to technologies and focuses on human perception and experience. You’ll learn how, why, when and where to effectively utilise simulation and immersive platforms, including virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR). Throughout the degree, you’ll engage with the latest technologies first-hand as you learn through real industry case studies and insights from global leaders.

Tailored to your interests and career, you’ll be encouraged to tackle specific industry-related problems in your field.

Delivered in low-residency mode, this program is designed to accommodate busy professionals.  You will study core courses online, attending two intensive face-to-face meetups per year on-campus or at our industry partner facilities. You will also have full access to all campus facilities throughout your study. Elective courses can be chosen from fully online or face-to-face options.

Key features

Connected to industry
Our courses have been co-created in proud partnership with a wide range of simulation experts and leading organisations. You’ll learn from those working in industries at the forefront of developing and applying visualisation, simulation, and immersive environments. Regular engagement with industry and our extensive creative community networks ensures we keep our program constantly up to date with a rapidly changing employment landscape.

You’ll be encouraged to apply what you learn to areas of industry that interest you by engaging with applications across a diverse cross-section of industries to see the potential scope of these skills and knowledge.

Flexible program delivery
We design our programs to accommodate the needs of busy professionals from a wide range of backgrounds. Our part-time and full-time study options will help you to benefit from innovative low-residency learning experiences.

Capstone project
Through the capstone experience, you’ll build a portfolio customised to your career trajectory by synthesising the key concepts from your course with the specialist learnings from your electives.

Why study at UNSW?

  • Be supported by our diverse, open and inclusive Arts, Design & Architecture community
  • Gain comprehensive visualisation, simulation and immersive design knowledge in Australia’s only all-encompassing degree
  • Learn through research-informed teaching and content co-created with industry and global experts
  • Join our School of Art & Design creative community with a dedicated campus in Paddington and cutting-edge facilities
  • Prioritise career success – UNSW won the Australian Financial Review’s Most Employable Students Award in 2020.
  • Benefit from strong industry links and partnerships
  • Access world-class alumni connections
  • Join a global top 50 university (QS World University Rankings, 2021)
  • Join a community that’s part of the prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) universities
Program Code
9322
CRICOS Code
099986A
Campus
Paddington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
72

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Entry requirements

Entry into this degree requires a recognised bachelor's degree with an equivalent of a UNSW 65 weighted average mark (WAM). Entry isn’t dependent upon a degree related to the creative disciplines, given that the programs aim to enable practitioners from a wide range of industry sectors to integrate visualisation, simulation and immersive environments into their work contexts.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may be granted for formal, non-formal and workplace learning for specified credit in accordance with UNSW recognition of prior learning procedure. You may only claim RPL for elective courses within the program (up to a maximum of 30 Units of Credit (UOC)). RPL won’t be considered for core courses and the capstone course.

Entry Score Calculator

If you’re uncertain whether you have the equivalent to a UNSW 65 WAM, you can use the UNSW postgraduate entry score calculator to convert and scale other types of grading schemes into a percentage relatable to UNSW entry requirements.

Alternative entry pathways

Our programs are designed to build a pathway that increases your capabilities and expands upon your hard-earned experience. We offer the following options to optimise your time while undertaking postgraduate study and provide alternative entry into further qualifications:

  • Short courses and specialised training programs can be recognised as prior learning, allowing you to claim credit in the Masters and Graduate Certificate programs.
  • Entry into the Graduate Certificate without a bachelor's degree is possible with industry experience of over five years.
  • Transferring from the Graduate Certificate to the Master's degree is possible with a credit average grade.

Reducing the duration of the Master's degree to 0.7 years and the Graduate Certificate to 0.3 years may be possible through a recognition of prior learning application. Applicants for short courses can be considered for industry experience of over five years, formal and informal learning.

English language requirements

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Entry into this degree requires a recognised bachelor's degree with an equivalent of a UNSW 65 weighted average mark (WAM). Entry isn’t dependent upon a degree related to the creative disciplines, given that the programs aim to enable practitioners from a wide range of industry sectors to integrate visualisation, simulation and immersive environments into their work contexts.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may be granted for formal, non-formal and workplace learning for specified credit in accordance with UNSW recognition of prior learning procedure. You may only claim RPL for elective courses within the program (up to a maximum of 30 Units of Credit (UOC)). RPL won’t be considered for core courses and the capstone course.

Entry Score Calculator

If you’re uncertain whether you have the equivalent to a UNSW 65 WAM, you can use the UNSW postgraduate entry score calculator to convert and scale other types of grading schemes into a percentage relatable to UNSW entry requirements.

Pathway programs

Our programs are designed to build a pathway that increases your capabilities and expands upon your hard-earned experience. We offer the following options to optimise your time while undertaking postgraduate study and provide alternative entry into further qualifications:

  • Short courses and specialised training programs can be recognised as prior learning, allowing you to claim credit in the Masters and Graduate Certificate programs.
  • Entry into the Graduate Certificate without a bachelor's degree is possible with industry experience of over five years.
  • Transferring from the Graduate Certificate to the Master's degree is possible with a credit average grade.

Reducing the duration of the Master's degree to 0.7 years and the Graduate Certificate to 0.3 years may be possible through a recognition of prior learning application. Applicants for short courses can be considered for industry experience of over five years, formal and informal learning.

English language requirements


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Program structure

The Master of Visualisation, Simulation & Immersive Design is a 1.7 year full-time program consisting of 11 courses (72 units of credit/UOC), including: 

  • 5 Core courses
  • 1 Capstone course (12 UOC)
  • 3 Prescribed electives
  • 2 Free electives

As well as the technical side of visualisation and simulation, this unique program helps you understand the principles of human experience. This approach will enable you to better design appropriate and effective applications of VR, AR and MR technologies to solve contemporary real-world problems such as:

  • visualising complex data sets
  • designing human-robot interactions
  • rehearsing medical and defence procedures
  • planning cities
  • designing creative experiences
  • researching, experimenting, and training

Full program structure

Each university year at UNSW has three terms and an optional summer study period. 

Some courses need to be studied in your first year, so you’re prepared for courses that can only be studied in later years. You can study full-time or part-time. Depending on how you plan your study load, you can fit two or three courses into a term and one course in a summer term. 

Coursework is divided into core, elective and capstone courses to establish the following skills, knowledge and experience:

  • All students undertake core courses to help you understand how, why, when and where to use immersive technologies and platforms, with a focus on the context of your industry or work. Core courses are conducted online with two to three intensive face-to-face meetups per term, often on weekends. You'll get full access to all campus facilities throughout each term.
  • Elective courses allow you to personalise your study. You can build on existing skills or explore new areas of interest and choose from fully-online or on-campus electives from a range of UNSW faculties.
  • The Capstone experience is a unique opportunity completed by Master's students. You’ll synthesise the key concepts from your courses with the specialist learnings from your electives, applying them to build a portfolio customised for your career trajectory.

Below is an example of what you could study in a standard 1.7 year, full-time study plan:

First year

  • 6 Core courses
  • 2 Prescribed electives

Second year

  • 1 Capstone course
  • 1 Prescribed elective
  • 2 Free electives

Future careers

This program will provide you with the knowledge and skills to take up a range of high-value positions as design leaders, managers, trainers, artists, researchers, planners, analysts, innovators and entrepreneurs. 

Growth Industries

Career opportunities are available in a wide range of industry applications, including:

  • Advanced manufacturing and industry 4.0

  • Advertising

  • Architecture, and social and urban planning 

  • Art, design and animation

  • Business and finance

  • Defence and national security

  • Education 

  • Emergency and first response

  • Engineering

  • Immersive entertainment and gaming

  • Medicine, healthcare and sports training 

  • Museology

  • Robotics

  • Sustainability and environmental modelling

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

Ready to apply?

For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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Fees & Scholarships

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$30,960*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$46,560*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$37,200*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$57,540*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

Scholarships

Our scholarships help you achieve your potential and enhance the experience of individuals who might otherwise struggle financially to maintain a place at university. The scholarships reward excellence, and encourage international mobility, diversity and equity.