How to become a VR developer — for $199 a month, Udacity will teach you

Put down the pencils and books, and pick up a virtual reality headset. Silicon Valley’s latest continuing education offering is all about VR.

In a new course offering announced Tuesday, Mountain View-based online education startup Udacity promises to give the next generation of VR developers the skills they need to succeed in the growing industry. In a course taught online (and, of course, in the virtual reality world) students will learn about mobile and desktop VR, game engines, VR design, 360-degree immersive imagery, performance and different VR platforms, according to a company blog post.

The course costs $199 a month, and the typical student will finish in six months — at which point half of his or tuition will be refunded, according to the company. The course is designed to be completed at an individual’s own pace. Each student receives a free VR viewer to use with a smartphone.

“Becoming a VR Developer is your passport to a new world of possibility,” the Udacity website claims, “and this program will teach you the skills you’ll need to join the creative revolution.”

Udacity, which is worth $1 billion, according to CB Insights, does its best to paint virtual reality as an attractive industry for aspiring professionals. VR engineers make an average of $100,000 as a base salary, according to Paysa data cited by Udacity, and job openings are up 800 percent year-over-year.

Students who complete the program walk away with a “nanodegree,” which signifies that they have finished a designated, career-oriented course offered by Udacity. Other nanodegrees Udacity offers include “Android basics by Google,” “Intro to programming” and “iOS developer.” Earlier this month Udacity launched its first nanodegree for aspiring self-driving car engineers.

Photo: Online education startup Udacity now offers a course in virtual reality technology. (Udacity)


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