The Master of Visualisation, Simulation & Immersive Design will equip you to become a future-ready design leader, capable of understanding and meeting the growing demand of immersive practices across a multitude of industries. The program offers a unique human-centric, design-led approach focusing on human perception and experience. You will learn how, why, when and where to effectively utilise simulation and immersive platforms including VR, AR and MR.

Your learning will engage you with these technologies first-hand as you explore real case studies and gain insights from global leaders. You will develop immersion strategies to tackle specific industry-related problems in your field of interest. The program caters to the demands of professionals from diverse industry sectors. It can be studied full-time or part-time and is delivered via a range of flexible modalities incorporating online, face-to-face classes and creative studios.

*This program is designed to accommodate busy professionals. Core courses are conducted online with two to three intensive face-to-face meetups per term, often on weekends. Students will have full access to all campus facilities throughout each term. A range of fully online and on campus electives are available.

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Why choose this degree?

As well as the technical side of visualisation and simulation, this unique program helps you understand the principles of human experience to better design appropriate and effective applications of VR, AR and MR technologies to solve contemporary real-world problems such as visualising complex data sets, designing human-robot interactions, rehearsing medical and defence procedures, planning cities, designing creative experiences, researching, experimenting, and training.

Who should choose this degree?

Professionals interested in understanding and utilising simulation, visualisation and immersive environments for a variety of industries including: design, cultural heritage, art, entertainment, architecture, health, defence, business, education, and manufacturing.

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Career Opportunities

The program will provide you with the knowledge and skills to take up a range of high-value positions as design leaders, managers, trainers, artists, researchers, planners, analysts, innovators and entrepreneurs in the following industries: art, design, and animation, immersive entertainment and gaming, robotics, museology, advertising, education and training, architecture, social and urban planning, engineering, defence, emergency and national security, medicine, healthcare, and sports training, advanced manufacturing, business and finance, and sustainability and environmental modelling.

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have a recognised Bachelors degree with an equivalent of a UNSW 65 weighted average mark (WAM). Given that the program enables practitioners from a wide range of industry sectors to integrate visualisation, simulation and immersive environments into their own work contexts, entry is not dependent upon a degree cognate with the creative disciplines.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may be granted for formal, non-formal and workplace learning for specified credit in accordance with UNSW recognition of prior learning procedure. Students may only claim RPL for elective courses within the program (up to a maximum of 30 UOC). RPL will not be considered for core courses and the capstone course.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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