VR job openings are up 800% year-over-year. Combined with the release of ARKit, which now puts AR capability in the pockets of nearly 400 million consumers, demand for skilled developers and designers who can create high-quality immersive content is growing at an unprecedented rate. Industries — from entertainment, healthcare, education, real estate, automotive, retail, and more — are looking to invest in this new technology to reach and engage with their customers.
To help give developers a leg up and set them up to take advantage of this growing demand, Unity has partnered with Udacity, the online learning company revered for creating world-class curriculum in areas such as virtual reality, AI and self-driving cars, to create two learning tracks: The VR Developer Nanodegree program and the newly-launched Learn ARKit program.
"Augmented and virtual reality are the future—so much so that the most influential companies in technology are betting big on their potential. It's a great time for seasoned developers and newbies alike to sharpen their skills. We're proud to work with Udacity to help equip developers today with the skills to create the apps of tomorrow." —Jessica Lindl, Global Head of Education at Unity Technologies
Unity and Udacity share a commitment to educating the global community of developers and creators on these transformational technologies and empowering them to create world-class Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality content.
“At Udacity, our goal is to work with the most incredible companies across the globe to build our programs—that’s how we ensure our students master the most relevant skills, and our graduates get hired. To teach immersive technologies like VR/AR and give our students the best learning experience on the planet, we knew we had to work with Unity.” —Vish Makhijani, CEO, Udacity
Developers who complete these programs will learn how to design and engineer compelling immersive experiences and discover how hardware and software combine to make these experiences possible with Unity. These Nanodegree programs empower students with cutting-edge skills that are increasingly in demand, giving them a significant competitive advantage in the workforce.
In the six-month “VR Developer Nanodegree program”, students will:
The VR Developer Nanodegree program offers a complete path to expertise and career-readiness. Depending on your skill level and experience, you can enter the program in either Term 1 or Term 2, ensuring you’re working on exactly the concepts and tools that are right for you, with a community of learners focused on the same projects and challenges. In Term 3, you’ll choose a specialization, and ultimately earn your Nanodegree credential, affirming your job-readiness as a cutting-edge VR Developer!
In the one-month “Learn ARKit Nanodegree Foundations program”, students will:
Becoming a VR Developer or ARKit developer is a passport to a new world of creative possibilities and career opportunities, and these programs give you a stackable skill that can be layered into your larger developer repertoire.
The Udacity VR Developer Nanodegree program will also be made available internationally in the coming months both online and via Unity’s Authorized Training Centers located throughout the Asia-Pacific region —stay tuned for more to come on this initiative.