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Designing and Developing VR and AR Applications 

A world first short course built with Amazon Sumerian, teaching how to create cutting edge Virtual and Augmented Reality applications.


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Why learn Designing and Developing VR & AR Applications 

In the past, most Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) apps were built by hardcore game developers. Being able to code in Unity (or another SDK) was pretty much mandatory. But not anymore. The future of app development is browser-based, using WebVR software like Amazon Sumerian. With over 1 billion VR and AR predicted users by 2020, it’s an industry transformation you can’t ignore. 

The beauty of Amazon Sumerian is that anyone can learn it. Anyone can upskill in app development, and you don’t need an enormous amount of time, money or expertise. In fact you can pick up the basics in just six weeks. Welcome to RMIT’s new Designing and Developing VR & AR Applications short course.

Course overview


Key takeaways from this course

Developing VR & AR Applications builds on our introductory course, VR & AR Strategy. We’ll move beyond basic theory here and equip you with the skills to build real 3D applications. This is actually the first industry course in the world to specialise in Amazon Sumerian, and it was designed in partnership with the expert team at Amazon Web Services.

You’ll master the fundamentals of VR and AR development, learn from expert industry mentors, and get hands-on experience in cutting-edge development technology. 

Key topics

  • Learn the fundamentals of VR and AR development
  • Upskill in Amazon Sumerian
  • Get exclusive Twitch and Q&A sessions with the Amazon team
  • Create your own 3D application
  • Create a Sumerian scene with a host that provides instructions to the user
  • Create interactions and animate entities in your scene
How does it work?

Course outline

Module 1

Why Sumerian?

Sumerian introduction

Sumerian interface

Sumerian environment


Create a Sumerian scene

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Module 2

Create interactions

Explore State Machine

Learn about events

Camera and timelines


Add interactivity to your scene

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Module 3

Adapt your host

Import your host

Trigger your host emotes

Get your host to speak


Import and adapt your host into the scene

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Module 4

Embed other media into your scene

Place HTML into your scene

Embed video

Import assets


Fine tune your scene

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Module 5

Enhance your scene

Slideshow in your scene

Use Polly dashboard to build a chatbot


Finalise your Sumerian scene

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Module 6

What's next

Project reflection with peers 

Tap into industry experts

Future exploration on emerging trends




What support you'll get

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Weekly expert webinar - Q&A

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3x videos & content per week

  • Industry experts discuss key themes
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Your own industry mentor

  • Weekly webinars
  • Q&A over Slack
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Join a dynamic community of lifelong learners

How does it work?
The RMIT Edge


The RMIT edge

First in market

This is a world first short course specialising in Amazon Sumerian. It was developed in partnership with VR and AR experts from Versent and AWS, so you know you’re getting an industry edge.

Anyone can play

WebVR software like Sumerian means anyone can be a developer. There are no coding skills required (although they certainly don’t hurt, if you have them). It’s a breakthrough in app development technology.

Collaborative learning

Online learning doesn’t mean doing it all yourself. There are plenty of chances to interact with your classmates, plus 1-on-1 mentoring and online support. It’s university for the 21st century.

Find out more in our FAQ section.

Learn with industry experts

This is the real RMIT difference. You’ll get access to exclusive Twitch and Q&A sessions with the Amazon team, including product managers and the GM for Sumerian. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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Mark Francis

Mark Francis is Product Marketing Leader, Amazon Sumerian. Prior to joining AWS, Mark worked in Silicon Valley where he served as entrepreneur-in-resident at Intel’s New Technology Group, Vice President for Health Hero Network (acquired by Bosch), and Chief of Staff at Defta Ventures/Accel Japan. Mark has been awarded 9 patents. He has been a board member/advisor to TechChicks, STEAM Carnival, Acuity Ventures, XCube Labs, Christmas in April, and the American Foundation for the Blind.

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Jake Smeester

Jake is a digital marketer with experience in cloud computing services and consulting industries. With a background in creative content creation, video production, and product strategy, he is currently serving as the Content Creative Specialist at Amazon Web Services, creating education content and materials for Amazon Sumerian.

Rhys Evans

Rhys Evans

Rhys has over 15 years' experience in delivering quality business outcomes with technology. He's been a CTO, a leader at NAB and a seasoned systems integrator with a passion for everything being code. He loves a challenge and is passionate about getting tech projects "done, done!"

Mark Wolfe

Mark Wolfe

Mark is the go-to guy when you need anything code related solved. He's been a CTO, part of a start-up, developer and all-round network guru. When he's not designing and building software for telecommunications and IoT industries, he spends his time building his self-driving car or mountain biking.



Designing and Developing VR & AR Applications

Learn Designing and Developing VR & AR Applications in 6 weeks. Enrol in our online course to move your career forward, fully backed by RMIT University and Amazon Web Services.

Enrol in Designing and Developing VR and AR Applications

A$1,400 GST inc.

Start date: 4 February 2019

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You will be eligible for a certificate on completing this course.

We estimate that you will need a total of 50 hours to complete this course over 8 weeks.

1) A computer with good internet access
2) Slack (web or free on the App Store)
3) ZOOM Cloud Meetings (web or free on the App Store)

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