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Visualisation, simulation, and immersive environments are converging to develop and drive many of the transformations in today’s workforce, as industries transition from historical production models towards more agile and adaptable work practices. They are being used to envision and portray unique cultural and artistic experiences; visually explore complex datasets; design creative experiences; design, develop and manufacture products; plan cities and model future scenarios; predict financial outcomes and make decisions; rehearse medical and defence procedures; undertake ground breaking research; explore the evolving landscape of human-robotic interaction; and to problem solve, teach, learn and train.

This integrated, cross-domain Graduate Certificate in Visualisation, Simulation, and Immersive Design will enhance your professional capabilities by offering you an advanced understanding of how these practices are shaping the future of professional practice. 

You will experience a unique, integrated and industry focussed approach to visualisation, simulation and immersion, that will augment your technical knowledge with analytical and philosophical understandings of emergent practices and technologies. A human centric, design led approach will be underpinned by a creative and critical mind set focussing on human perception and experience, enabling you to analyse how, why, when and where to utilise simulation, visualisation and immersive platforms such as virtual, augmented and mixed reality (VR, AR and MR) across different sectors. 

The program is structured to cater to the demands of professionals in the workforce from diverse industry sectors, including but not limited to; media and creative arts, health, defence, business, education, and manufacturing. It can be studied full time or part time and is delivered via range of flexible modalities incorporating online, face to face classes and creative studios. Its content will enable you to personalise your learning and bring your industry experience, knowledge and interests into your study. Students with an advanced level of knowledge and experience in a specific domain in particular will benefit from a broadening human centric conceptual foundation. You will be exposed to the experience and leading thinking of global leaders to help you tackle industry issues. 



Study Level


Typical duration

0.7 Years

Delivery Mode


Academic Calendar

3+ Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Graduate Certificate


Graduate Certificate in Visualisation, Simulation, and Immersive Design - GCVSID

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Entry Requirements
Recognition of Prior Learning
Progression Requirements


Additional Information

This integrated, cross-domain Graduate Certificate in Visualisation, Simulation, and Immersive Design will qualify you to take up a range of high value positions as design leaders, managers, trainers, artists, researchers, planners, analysts, innovators and entrepreneurs in any of the following fields:

  • Art, design, and animation
  • Immersive entertainment and gaming
  • Robotics
  • Museology
  • Advertising
  • Education
  • Architecture, social and urban planning
  • Engineering
  • Defence and National Security
  • Emergency and national security
  • Medicine, healthcare, and sports training
  • Advanced manufacturing

Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

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