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Learn about augmented reality with online courses and programs

Explore how augmented reality (AR) is revolutionizing the way people interact with digital information and their surroundings. Learn about augmented reality with online courses delivered through edX.

What is augmented reality?

By leveraging technology like smartphones, smart glasses, or headsets, AR integrates computer-generated graphics, audio, and other sensory inputs into the user's immediate surroundings. Unlike virtual reality (VR), which immerses users in a completely digital environment, AR blends the virtual and physical worlds seamlessly, overlaying digital information and virtual objects onto the real-world environment.

AR applications are diverse, ranging from interactive gaming and entertainment experiences to practical uses in education, navigation, and industrial training. By superimposing virtual elements onto the real world, AR allows users to interact with and manipulate digital content in real-time, opening up endless possibilities for engaging and intuitive experiences.

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Augmented reality course curriculum

Are you interested in enrolling in an online augmented reality course? Explore the AR classes made available through edX. 

Learn how to build augmented reality scenes and objects for applications, and then practice testing and debugging those AR apps. Or focus on understanding the fundamentals of human-computer interaction with courses that explore the principles of user experience design and user interface design. With edX, you can study a range of AR-related topics, from how to use digital design technology to how to implement modern development frameworks for building applications. 

Get started learning today. Sign up for an accelerated boot camp or enroll in a full degree program and start working toward a bachelor's degree or (for more advanced learners) a master’s degree in a relevant subject. You can also explore executive education programs specifically designed for busy professionals. Find the right course to accelerate your professional development.

Augmented reality jobs

Building expertise in augmented reality can open up a number of exciting and challenging professional opportunities in roles such as: 

  • AR developer/engineer: Creates AR applications, designs user interfaces, and integrates virtual content with real-world environments.

  • UX/UI designer: Focuses on designing intuitive and user-friendly interfaces for AR experiences, ensuring a seamless interaction between users and digital content.

  • 3D modeler/animator: Creates and animates 3D objects and characters to be used in AR applications.

  • AR content creator: Produces interactive and engaging AR content, such as games, educational materials, and marketing campaigns.‌

Experts in AR also have opportunities to apply their knowledge across a variety of industries that are leveraging AR to enhance their processes and user experiences. In the healthcare sector, AR is being used for surgical planning and medical training, providing practitioners with real-time visualizations and simulations. In the retail industry, AR enables customers to try on virtual products and visualize furniture in their homes before purchase. The education sector uses AR for interactive learning experiences, bringing textbooks and educational materials to life, while the gaming and entertainment industries utilizes AR to immerse users in interactive virtual worlds. 

Start building innovative solutions that improve efficiency and enhance customer engagement. Begin your AR learning journey with edX.