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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.

  • Starting 7 Oct 2019
  • 100% online, 6 weeks
  • A$1,400 GST inc.
  • Prerequisites: None


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100% online, mentor supported, workplace ready

Why learn Designing and Developing VR and AR Applications

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.

How does it work

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.

Skills learned

Amazon Sumerian, State Machine, interactions, adapt a host into the scene, embedding media into the scene, chatbot.

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Your experience with RMIT Future Skills

Upskill online, on your terms. Taught by industry leaders, backed by RMIT.

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100% online

Our flexible short courses are designed to fit your lifestyle, not replace it. Study online, after hours, when and where you like.

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RMIT credential

The cutting edge skills you learn will be rigorously assessed and recognised by both a leading university and key employers in the field.

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Industry mentors

RMIT experience provides structure on top of online learning through 1:1 mentor support, webinars and a community of lifelong learners.

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Real world skills

Level up your skills and qualifications as a digital native. Our courses are about practical training, building a network and applying your learning.

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Expert content

We have partnered with leading employers across the world to multiply the power of a world-leading university with the best of industry.

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Make the most out of your online learning by interacting with your peers, experts and industry employers. Meaningful connections to help propel your career.

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Learning outcomes

What do you take away from our courses?

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After completing an RMIT Future Skills course, you will earn an RMIT certificate and credential which can be validated, recognised and shared on social media platforms.


These courses are all about practical training. Each week, the skills you need to master will be walked through in live online tutorials that allow you to see success in action, and ask questions to overcome obstacles that are slowing your progress.

Work-ready project

We combine the power of industry experts with a leading university to get you working on practical, work-ready projects that you can immediately apply back in your office.

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




Learn with Industry Experts

Get ready to meet some of the biggest names in the business.

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Mark Francis

Product Marketing Lead, Amazon Sumerian

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

AR/VR Content and Media Specialist, Amazon Sumerian

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.

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Rhys Evans

General Manager, Versent

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!"

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