Diploma of Augmented and Virtual Reality

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Diploma of Augmented and Virtual Reality
Domestic Fees
Diploma of Augmented and Virtual Reality
International Fees
2 Trimesters Full Time (Fast Track)

Complete your course faster by studying the course units over approximately 7 months (2 trimesters).

Diploma of Augmented and Virtual Reality
Course Durations
2 Trimesters Full Time (Fast Track)

Complete your course faster by studying the course units over approximately 7 months (2 trimesters).

3 Trimesters Full Time

Whilst still classified as a full-time study load, you will complete the course units over one year. (3 trimesters)

Part-time option available

If you want to take a little longer, that’s ok too. We’ll help you work out the best study load to suit your needs.

Note: Part-time is not available for international students.

We understand that things can change, so you'll have the flexibility to change your study load throughout your course if you need to.
Start Date(s)
September 2023
Diploma of Augmented and Virtual Reality
Start Dates
  • September 2023

Entry Requirements
Diploma of Augmented and Virtual Reality
Domestic Entry Requirements
Domestic students must meet one of the following criteria:
Completion of a Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (QCE, WACE, HSC, SACE, etc) (like your Year 12 certificate or equivalent); OR
Completion of a Certificate III level qualification, or higher, issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF); OR
Experience-Based Entry – for applicants who do not meet the requirements of entry criteria above.
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Diploma of Augmented and Virtual Reality
International Entry Requirements
International Entry Requirements
Minimum age requirements
International students seeking admission to SAE must be 18 years of age OR must be turning 18 during their first trimester of studies at SAE.
Academic requirements
Successful completion of secondary school studies (assessed as an equivalent of Australian Year 12 secondary studies). Minimum overall pass is required.
English language requirements
International English Language Testing System (IELTS): An overall score of 5.5 or higher with no individual band lower than 5.0 (only the Academic Test is accepted), OR
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 63 overall (internet-based test); OR
Pearson Test of English (PTE): Academic score of 36 or higher, OR
Completion of Year 12 English in an Australian secondary school or college or equivalent with a minimum result of “Satisfactory” or equivalent.
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Successful completion of an Academic English program with an SAE-approved Australian-based English partner. Please refer to our SAE International Study Pathways for more information.
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If you want to be part of the exciting and expanding industry of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), we want to help you gain the core technical and design skills to work with these technologies.

In a matter of months, you’ll learn the key fundamentals of VR and AR. Learning in a world-class environment, you’ll be creating the latest software, with face-to-face mentoring from expert lecturers who will give you a deep knowledge of augmented reality, virtual reality, mixed reality, haptic technologies, human-computer interaction, and prototyping.

You will learn the technical workflows associated with common augmented and virtual reality platforms. These can include scripting and asset pipeline, applying design as well as project management processes whilst engaging in the development of scholarly skills.

Upon completion, you will be eligible for up to 80 credit points toward the Bachelor of Games Development.


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Practical, immersive training Learn as you collaborate on real-world projects and briefs. Build a portfolio to share with an employer or first client.
Flexible course options Upon completion, you will be eligible for up to 80 credit points towards the Bachelor of Games Development (Game Design).
Fundamentals of VR and AR Develop skills in augmented reality, virtual reality, mixed reality, haptic technologies, human-computer interaction, and prototyping.
Become job-ready To complement your technical skills, you will develop communication, introductory project management, teamwork, and collaboration skills.

Tools & Software

Augmented and Virtual Reality Skills

Augmented reality Virtual reality Mixed reality Haptic technologies Human-computer interaction Prototyping

Course Structure

The Diploma of Augmented and Virtual Reality is stage 1 of the 3 stages of a Bachelor.
Red. Infographic explaining Trimesters 1-6 for the Diploma, Associate Degree and Bachelor Games courses at SAE.
This course consists of 7 units
Credit points: 10

This unit develops your scholarly skills and processes through an exploration of virtual, augmented and mediated reality theories and practice. Beyond technical and craft skills, expert practitioners also have an understanding of the historical and cultural context of their medium. Through developing your ability to research, analyse, argue, present, write, and cite relevant theory, you will become a more literate and capable creative. This knowledge and these skills can be applied in industry and research settings, to benefit your projects and company.
Credit points: 10

In order to design effective virtual reality experiences, you must understand the unique aspects of virtual reality. In this unit, you will identify and describe the core elements of virtual reality experience design. You will create prototypes that demonstrate these principles and observe and reflect on the results. You will work together in teams to produce prototypes and will be expected to document and reflect on the experience.
Credit points: 10

High performance mobile computing technology, mobile sensor technologies, and modern real time rendering engines are facilitating a new wave of augmented reality applications in the market. This unit aims to provide you with the knowledge and experience to utilise these tools to understand augmented reality solutions designed for a wide variety of markets. Using a range of frameworks and prototype applications you'll apply augmented reality concepts and technologies to a range of needs. You will have an ability to understand and design for user embodiment of virtual and physical worlds.
Credit points: 10

Augmented, mixed and virtual reality applications present an opportunity for physical and virtual interaction. Mixed reality hardware provides a means of connection between the virtual and augmented reality additions or replacements of the physical. This unit aims to give students experience in a range of physical and virtual hardware interfaces that facilitate immersion and quality of experience.
Credit points: 10

This unit will introduce you to the mindset and skillset of the creative entrepreneur, and transform your approach to problem-solving. You will analyse historical and contemporary models of leadership and best practice in entrepreneurship, and use tools for project design that include ideation, problem framing, and pitching. The skills in this unit will assist you in developing your creative thinking, exploration, and experimentation methods, allowing you to experiment with project design and content for creative media.
Credit points: 10

Managing Software Projects covers the key skills and knowledge required to work within software development projects as a paraprofessional. The unit simulates a real world creative media project in which you'll work under the supervision of more senior technical and executive staff, with a simulated client relationship.
Credit points: 20

Computer Mediated Reality Major Project brings together all the skills, knowledge and behaviours you will have acquired into the creation of a project, which combines multiple technologies and techniques. You will work in a simulated work environment under guidance from your tutor through the ideation, planning, development, refinement, and handover of a project of their own design.
CRICOS Course Codes
102828G (2 TRIMESTERS) 099435K (3 TRIMESTERS)
Australian Qualifications Framework
We consult closely with industry professionals so you can expect a course that’s highly relevant and equips you with sought-after skills.
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Career Outcomes

What jobs will this course lead me into?

  • Entry-level Augmented Reality
  • Application Designer
  • Entry-level Augmented Reality Application Developer
  • Entry-level Virtual Reality Application Designer
  • Entry-level Virtual Reality Application Developer Interaction Designer
  • Production Assistant
  • App Developer

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