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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 Master of Visualisation, Simulation and Immersive Design will qualify you to take up a range of high value positions; as future ready design leaders capable of understanding and meeting the growing demand and convergence of immersive practices across industries. You will become part of a new generation of simulation and visualisation professionals, reshaping the future of workforce creativity and productivity. 

The program offers a unique, integrated and industry focussed approach to visualisation, simulation and immersive practices, that will augment your technical knowledge with analytical and philosophical understandings of immersive practices and technologies to empower you as leaders and drivers of workforce change. Its 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. You will learn the latest theory about simulation, visualisation and immersion and directly experience the technological VR, AR, and MR platforms you are studying to inform your participation in a range of practical assignments.

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 a 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. Your learning experience culminates in a capstone studio experience that will challenge you to apply your knowledge in a practical way in real world industry domains. 



Study Level


Typical duration

1.7 Years

Delivery Mode


Academic Calendar

3+ Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Masters (Coursework)


Master of Visualisation, Simulation, and Immersive Design - MVSID

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Program Structure

Students must complete 72 UOC as a standalone program.

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Entry Requirements
Recognition of Prior Learning
Progression Requirements


Recognition of Achievement

Award with Excellence

Additional Information

This integrated, cross-domain Master of Visualisation, Simulation and Immersive Design will qualify you to utilise simulation, visualisation and immersive design 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
• Business and finance
• Sustainability and environmental modelling.

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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