Unity Development and Essential 3D Math

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Course Dates

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Course Duration

DURATION

8 weeks, online
15-20 hours per week

Why Take This Program?

The worldwide AR/VR market is poised for immense growth over the next five years and companies challenged with delivering these experiences will need experienced software engineers and developers who can build in these extended reality (XR) environments.

The Unity Development and Essential 3D Math program from NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering can help you begin to build your Unity skills by getting an introduction to the Unity game engine and the mathematical foundations necessary to succeed as a Unity developer and as a well-rounded 3D developer in general. You’ll develop a solid mathematical understanding of 3D spaces and be able to produce your own Unity projects using the Unity editor. Then you’ll delve into AR development, learning different AR types and development frameworks, and building mobile AR prototypes.

Key Takeaways

  • Build foundational skills and knowledge to develop experiences within Unity
  • Apply C# programming to customize Unity components
  • Apply mathematical foundations to game engine development
  • Learn the different AR development frameworks, and prototype a mobile AR experience

Program Topics

The eight-week program provides an introduction to XR development with a focus on augmented reality, and offers a special emphasis on mathematical topics that directly apply to Unity.

Week 1:

Unity Basics and Vector Fundamentals

Develop knowledge of the Unity GUI, and learn how to import assets and GameObjects to utilize in project development, and how to create a Rube Goldberg machine. Explore the use of vector mathematics in Unity.

Week 2:

Scripting in Unity

Apply C# programming to create custom Unity components. Apply the concepts of prefabs, transform API, materials, and vector multiplication and projection within Unity.

Week 3:

Scripting for Interaction

Explore the Input System Package to create a character controller. Apply C# scripting, physics, rigidbodies, colliders, matrix mathematics, and Unity coroutines to Game Objects to create interactivity and to create your own roll-a-ball scene.

Week 4:

UI and Animation

Use tools within Unity to create a functioning UI within a scene. Add animations to GameObjects and apply matrix mathematics to Unity development.

Week 5:

Raycasting and Quaternions

Apply raycasting to inform interactions, and explore how Unity utilizes quaternion and matrices to represent rotations in 3D space.

Week 6:

Introduction to AR Development: Image Tracking

Get an overview of AR development frameworks and learn to develop image tracking-based AR using Vuforia with Unity.

Week 7:

AR Development: Object Tracking

Create AR experiences leveraging object recognition techniques and interactions.

Week 8:

AR Development: Surface Tracking

Learn about SLAM and AR Foundation and use Unity's AR Foundation to detect surface types and create code to load on a mobile device.

Week 1:

Unity Basics and Vector Fundamentals

Develop knowledge of the Unity GUI, and learn how to import assets and GameObjects to utilize in project development, and how to create a Rube Goldberg machine. Explore the use of vector mathematics in Unity.

Week 5:

Raycasting and Quaternions

Apply raycasting to inform interactions, and explore how Unity utilizes quaternion and matrices to represent rotations in 3D space.

Week 2:

Scripting in Unity

Apply C# programming to create custom Unity components. Apply the concepts of prefabs, transform API, materials, and vector multiplication and projection within Unity.

Week 6:

Introduction to AR Development: Image Tracking

Get an overview of AR development frameworks and learn to develop image tracking-based AR using Vuforia with Unity.

Week 3:

Scripting for Interaction

Explore the Input System Package to create a character controller. Apply C# scripting, physics, rigidbodies, colliders, matrix mathematics, and Unity coroutines to Game Objects to create interactivity and to create your own roll-a-ball scene.

Week 7:

AR Development: Object Tracking

Create AR experiences leveraging object recognition techniques and interactions.

Week 4:

UI and Animation

Use tools within Unity to create a functioning UI within a scene. Add animations to GameObjects and apply matrix mathematics to Unity development.

Week 8:

AR Development: Surface Tracking

Learn about SLAM and AR Foundation and use Unity's AR Foundation to detect surface types and create code to load on a mobile device.

Program Experience

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Video Lectures

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Assignments

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Discussions

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Real-World Tools & Technology

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Dedicated Program Support Team

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Mobile Learning App

$100 billion

The total AR market is expected to reach over $100 billion by 2024, with an average CAGR of 75%.

SOURCE: ABI Research

88%

88% of mid-sized companies have already begun using some form of augmented reality.

SOURCE: Deloitte

200%

AR experiences are 200% more engaging than their non AR equivalent as they deliver double the levels of engagement.

Source: Mindshare

Who Should Attend

This comprehensive program is designed for professionals or students with a computer science degree or equivalent who are new to Unity and seeking an introduction to XR development with a focus on AR and 3D math. Participants will have familiarity with C# or equivalent experience with Java, JavaScript, C++, or Python and fundamental quantitative and analytical skills (i.e. Algebra I at a minimum).

It is ideal for:

  • Software Developers/Engineers looking to understand the working fundamentals of XR development using Unity and the C# interactions that apply to it, how to create AR prototypes and develop the skills to build their career in XR.
  • UX/AR/XR Developers seeking to gain a deeper understanding of XR technologies and how to use them, learn how to create a complete XR project pitch for their clients, and expand their technical knowledge of virtual reality development.

Program Faculty

Alex Lotsos

Alexandros Lotsos

Co-Founder and Lead Developer (Unseen Media)

Alexandros Lotsos is a Brooklyn-based creative technologist and STEAM educator with a background in mathematics, philosophy, and digital media. He is a co-founder and XR developer at Unseen Media and a former adjunct faculty member at NYU Tandon's Integrated Digital Media program where he taught courses in creative coding and game development with Unity.

Rui Pereira

Creative Technology Lead and Spatial Computing Consultant (IDEO, Havas, Google, Microsoft)

Rui P.G. Pereira is a Creative (and) Technologist passionate about (dis)embedding technology in people's lives to make them better and happier. Previously, Rui worked at Google where he collaborated strategically with brands like Coca-Cola, HBO, and Procter & Gamble and their creative agencies on insight-driven interactive experiences and product innovation. More info

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Certificate

Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be awarded a verified digital certificate by NYU Tandon.

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FAQs

  • How do I know if this program is right for me?

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    Are there any prerequisites for this program?

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    Note that, unless otherwise stated on the program web page, all programs are taught in English and proficiency in English is required.


    What is the typical class profile?

    More than 50 percent of our participants are from outside the United States. Class profiles vary from one cohort to the next, but, generally, our online certificates draw a highly diverse audience in terms of professional experience, industry, and geography — leading to a very rich peer learning and networking experience.


    What other dates will this program be offered in the future?

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  • How much time is required each week?

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    How will my time be spent?

    We have designed this program to fit into your current working life as efficiently as possible. Time will be spent among a variety of activities including:



    • Engaging with recorded video lectures from faculty
    • Attending webinars and office hours, as per the specific program schedule
    • Reading or engaging with examples of core topics
    • Completing knowledge checks/quizzes and required activities
    • Engaging in moderated discussion groups with your peers
    • Completing your final project, if required

    The program is designed to be highly interactive while also allowing time for self-reflection and to demonstrate an understanding of the core topics through various active learning exercises. Please contact us at learner.success@emeritus.org if you need further clarification on program activities.



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    More than 250,000 professionals globally, across 80 countries, have chosen to advance their skills with Emeritus and its educational learning partners. In fact, 90 percent of the respondents of a recent survey across all our programs said that their learning outcomes were met or exceeded.

    A dedicated program support team is available 24/5 (Monday to Friday) to answer questions about the learning platform, technical issues, or anything else that may affect your learning experience.


    How do I interact with other program participants?

    Peer learning adds substantially to the overall learning experience and is an important part of the program. You can connect and communicate with other participants through our learning platform.

  • What are the requirements to earn the certificate?

    Each program includes an estimated learner effort per week, so you can gauge what will be required before you enroll. This is referenced at the top of the program landing page under the Duration section, as well as in the program brochure, which you can obtain by submitting the short form at the top of this web page. All programs are designed to fit into your working life.

    This program is scored as a pass or no-pass ; participants must complete the required activities to pass and obtain the certificate of completion. Some programs include a final project submission or other assignments to obtain passing status. This information will be noted in the program brochure. Please contact us at learner.success@emeritus.org if you need further clarification on any specific program requirements.


    What type of certificate will I receive?

    Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a smart digital certificate. The smart digital certificate can be shared with friends, family, schools, or potential employers. You can use it on your cover letter, resume, and/or display it on your LinkedIn profile. The digital certificate will be sent approximately two weeks after the program, once grading is complete.


    Can I get the hard copy of the certificate?

    No, only verified digital certificates will be issued upon successful completion. This allows you to share your credentials on social platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.


    Do I receive alumni status after completing this program?

    No, there is no alumni status granted for this program. In some cases, there are credits that count toward a higher level of certification. This information will be clearly noted in the program brochure.


    How long will I have access to the learning materials?

    You will have access to the online learning platform and all the videos and program materials for 12 months following the program start date. Access to the learning platform is restricted to registered participants per the terms of agreement.

  • What equipment or technical requirements are there for this program?

    Participants will need the latest version of their preferred browser to access the learning platform. In addition, Microsoft Office and a PDF viewer are required to access documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDF files, and transcripts.


    Do I need to be online to access the program content?

    Yes, the learning platform is accessed via the internet, and video content is not available for download. However, you can download files of video transcripts, assignment templates, readings, etc. For maximum flexibility, you can access program content from a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device.

    Video lectures must be streamed via the internet, and any livestream webinars and office hours will require an internet connection. However, these sessions are always recorded, so you may view them later.

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    Yes, you can register up until seven days past the published start date of the program without missing any of the core program material or learnings.


    What is the program fee, and what forms of payment do you accept?

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    What is the policy on deferrals?

    After the published start date of the program, you have until the midpoint of the program to request to defer to a future cohort of the same program. A deferral request must be submitted along with a specified reason and explanation. Cohort changes may be made only once per enrollment and are subject to availability of other cohorts scheduled at our discretion. This will not be applicable for deferrals within the refund period, and the limit of one deferral per enrollment remains. All deferral requests should be sent to admissions@emeritus.org.

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