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TECH 06 W — Augmented Reality for Beginners

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Oct 11—Nov 12
Refund Deadline: Oct 14
Unit: 1
Tuition: $320
Instructor(s): Jaleh Afshar
Limit: 45
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Flex Online(About Formats)
Oct 11—Nov 12
5 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 14
1 Unit
Jaleh Afshar
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Augmented reality, commonly referred to as AR, is a way of altering ("augmenting") a person's view of the real world (their "reality") through computer-generated content overlays. Most commonly, AR uses digital images and animations to enhance what a user sees through their smartphone camera. AR can enable app visitors to virtually try on makeup or accessories, see additional signage in an environment, create virtual selfie masks for themselves, and much more.

This introductory course focuses on practical, project-based learning. We will begin by learning the basics of AR terminology and exploring AR creation software in order to understand the various tools that can be used. Then we will create two AR effects together—one that can be used with selfies, and one for placing a virtual object in the real world, both through our smartphone cameras. Students will be encouraged to bring as much creativity and passion as they are comfortable with to the hands-on projects they are making and to personalize the projects to reflect their own aesthetic. Students will finish the course with at least two AR projects that they can use in business or personal settings.

Product Design Manager, Facebook

Jaleh Afshar has created digital experiences for various industries and platforms, including mobile, voice, wearables, and AR. Prior to Facebook, she co-founded and was head of design for the social media platform Imzy, led educational product design at Rev, and was a senior user experience engineer at Reddit.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.