Holberton, Unity and Tom Emrich set up VR and AR schools

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Software engineering college Holberton School is setting up augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) learning centres in San Francisco, Connecticut and Bogotá, Colombia.

Holberton has partnered with Unity Technologies and spatial computing expert Tom Emrich to launch the learning centres, where software engineers will be able to train immersive software development.

Students will learn how to use Unity for scripting, animation, UI design, the creation of shaders, game and application testing, as well as UX concepts specific to AR and VR, including accessibility, immersive storytelling, spatial audio and user comfort.

With these skills,  students will be able to create interactive experiences of all kinds, not only for gaming, but also for use in sectors such as automotive and film, according to Holberton.

Jessica Lindl, vice president of education at Unity, said: “We’re incredibly proud to work with Holberton School to enable success for the next generation of creators pushing the boundaries of what is possible in augmented and virtual reality.”

Emrich continued: “Augmented and virtual reality mark a huge shift in computing, moving it from 2D to 3D, enabling digital experiences we can interact with just like we do the world around us.”

“With this shift comes a need for a new set of skills. Holberton’s AR/VR curriculum equips students with real-world, business-imperative AR/VR skills positioning both the students—and the companies that hire them—for success in this next wave of computing.”

“Tom and Unity have been instrumental in creating this curriculum, giving our students the tools they need to compete with students from MIT, Stanford, and Harvard for some of the most exciting jobs in tech,” added Sylvain Kalache, co-founder of Holberton. “AR/VR has already impacted every industry at every level, and our students will be ready.”

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