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Introduction to Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality

Lancaster University and Institute of Coding via FutureLearn


Discover how Extended Reality (XR) is transforming our world

From immersive experiences to providing simulation and therapy in health, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR), collectively known as Extended Reality (XR), make it possible to go beyond the realm of what was previously thought.

On this course, you’ll explore the tools and technologies that support the features and applications of VR, AR and MR.

You’ll discover the basic concepts of creating VR, AR and MR experiences as well as the ethics involved in developing these kinds of applications. You’ll use published articles and hear from experts on how they’ve applied VR, AR and MR technology in their various fields.

Featured in the UK government’s The Skills Toolkit collection.

This course is designed for anyone interested in VR applications, understanding the features applied in creative dynamic VR application, or learning more about the technologies and domains of VR.

You might also be interested in the other courses in the Essential Creative Technologies collection from UAL Creative Computing Institute, Lancaster University and the Institute of Coding.


  • What is virtual, augmented and mixed reality?
    • Welcome to the course
    • Getting to know XR
    • Immersive media and exploring XR
    • XR in the real world
    • End of week one
  • How is XR made and what are the challenges creators face?
    • Welcome back
    • How are XR spaces created?
    • Ethics and XR
    • The future of XR
    • What have you learned and next steps

Taught by

Abe Karnik and Catherine Allen


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