What will I learn?

The MA Virtual Reality is for creative graduates and existing filmmakers who want to enter the radical world of virtual and augmented media production for immersive storytelling in entertainment, journalism, education, marketing and advocacy. It is for independent thinkers, who thrive in experimental, hands-on learning environments. As virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies become more affordable and accessible, many industries are becoming aware of the benefits of immersive narratives. As such, there is a growing need for professional story developers who can harness and explore the extraordinary potential of VR. Due to the evolving nature of this field, we welcome practitioners from both technical and creative backgrounds. This includes filmmakers, theatre designers, sound designers, game designers, animators, software developers, studio/media artists, writers, and journalists. Students can exit with PGDip and PGCert awards.

This industry-led MA will help you become a creative content developer for new forms of immersive experiences, including VR and 360° filmmaking, with a critical awareness of culture, technology and business. A fusion of critical and professional approaches, this course will enable you to explore the dynamic creative and commercial forces shaping virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality (MR). Combine professional, critical and cultural approaches as you explore the complex forces shaping emerging forms of storytelling. Gain in-depth understanding of the industry's organisation of distribution, exhibition and production, from regional, national and international perspectives.


As a successful graduate, you will have the research and planning skills you need to undertake independent, innovative and sustainable projects across multiple industries. You'll be highly analytical and strategic, with advanced communications skills that will help you articulate your knowledge of new media technology and storytelling. You could go on to work in content development and production for immersive storytelling experiences. A variety of industries will be open to you, including: filmmaking; journalism etc. The innovative combination of practice and research in this MA means you will also be well equipped to pursue careers in both industry and academia. The critical skills you build on the course could act as an effective bridge to a DPhil or PhD.

Which department am I in?

School of Film and Journalism

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£13,250.00 (US$ 16,349) per year
Module Fee (15 Credit): £1104.

This is a fixed fee

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Start date

January 2021


City Campus

Kennel Lodge Road,


BS3 2JT, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

You will be considered for entry onto a Master’s degree with a minimum GPA of 2.7 out of 4 in a four year Bachelor’s degree. Overall score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component.

For international students

Students will have an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject or professional experience (such as significant filmmaking or multimedia production), and a commitment to research and reflecting on creative practice. We are looking for highly motivated, creative students who are passionate about immersive storytelling and emerging technology. International and EU students are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 6.0 in each component (or approved equivalent)

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About this uni

Based in Bristol, an exciting city ranked the number 1 place to live in the UK (Sunday Times, 2017), UWE is at the heart of a centre of industry.

  • Awarded gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework
  • Over GBP 300 million invested in facilities to 2020
  • 96% of students in work within six months of graduating
  • Ranked 37th of all UK universities (Guardian, 2019)