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Virtual Technology & Design Program

Phone: (208) 885-7083
Fax: (208) 885-9428
E-mail: vtd@uidaho.edu

University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2491
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2491

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About

The distinctive Bachelor of Science in Virtual Technology and Design is an industry-driven degree program that merges technology with the science of art and design. You learn to create interactive virtual experiences that solve problems in business, entertainment, education, and health care, and many other emerging areas.

The program is located within the College of Art and Architecture and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

  • What You Learn
    The VTD program integrates several areas of study, including design, virtual technology, art, computer science, humanities, and the social sciences. You learn to use the latest virtual design tools to create effective virtual environments for a variety of purposes. You explore: 

    • 3D modeling, animation, character design
    • World building (e.g. Second Life, game engines)
    • Storytelling
    • Spatial design
    • Design in at least four dimensions (x,y, z, and time)
    • How to transform digital to tangible, and tangible to digital
    • How to design virtual experiences that affect all five of the human senses

    You have the flexibility to focus on an area of VTD that best fits your interests and to take electives that support your personal career goals. For example, if you want a career creating animated films, elective classes in theater would be a good choice.

  • Design Studios – The Heart of the Program
    Design studios are a rehearsal for your future; they are your opportunity to put your newfound knowledge and skills to practice by creating virtual design solutions for actual clients. You gain important practical experience and develop a strong portfolio of your work.
  • Opportunities

    From video game creation and film animation, to forensic analysis and virtual world design, the opportunities for professional virtual designers are diverse. You may become a creative team member in the following areas:

    • Computer games
    • Serious games / Simulations (non-entertainment)
    • Visualization
    • Films
    • Television
    • Theater
    • Military
    • Medical
    • Forensics
    • Education
    • Training
    • Real estate development
    • Architecture