Virtual Reality Mini-Degree

Virtual reality is becoming a part of our everyday lives. Far from only being used for games, VR is now common in a wide array of industries – including healthcare, education, tourism, real estate, architecture, law enforcement, and the automotive industry (just to name a few). In this multibillion-dollar market, there are over 171 million VR users worldwide, and as demand for VR is projected to grow, so too will the opportunities for developers.

The Virtual Reality Mini-Degree is designed to give you everything you need to build VR games and applications with Unity. You’ll learn by building real, portfolio-worthy projects – including a space station app, a 360° video quiz, a first-person shooter, a platformer game, and more.

Whether your goal is to build VR experiences as a fun hobby, or launch a career in this exciting, fast-growing field, this curriculum will give you everything you need to reach your goals.


You will master:

  • Coding basics with C# and Unity
  • Teleportation
  • VR-optimized UI design
  • Hand-tracked controllers
  • Working with 360° media (photos and video)
  • Preventing simulator sickness
  • Industry best-practices for mobile and desktop VR


Unity Certified Experts

This curriculum has been designed by instructors who have been certified by Unity Technologies and CompTIA in recognition of their programming excellence.

As a Unity Authorized Learning Partner, Zenva’s courses satisfy the highest standards in terms of both quality and relevancy.

Build for All Modern Platforms

You’ll learn how to develop for all modern VR platforms, including:

  • Oculus Rift
  • Oculus Quest
  • HTC Vive / SteamVR-compatible headsets
  • Windows Mixed Reality
  • Google Cardboard (limited support)


Build VR Projects

Create a portfolio of virtual reality projects, including:



Level 1 VR Mini-Degree Learning Goals

Level 1: VR Fundamentals
  • Coding in Unity with C#
  • Build a micro VR game
  • Teleportation mechanics
  • Preventing motion sickness
  • Performance & light-baking basics

Level 2 VR Mini-Degree Learning Goals

Level 2: Working with Controllers
  • Headset & controller tracking
  • XR input mapping
  • Pointer & interaction systems
  • Gaze-based interactions with reticles
  • Object-grabbing systems

Level 3 VR Mini-Degree Learning Goals

Level 3: Immersive Media
  • 360° photos & videos
  • Diegetic & non-diegetic UI
  • Spatial UI
  • Loading data from the web

Level 4 VR Mini-Degree Learning Goals

Level 4: VR Games
  • Particle effects
  • Gun/tool positioning in VR
  • In-game HUD
  • State machines
  • Mapping buttons for console controllers

Level 5 VR Mini-Degree Learning Goals

Level 5: Intermediate VR Skills
  • Optimizing performance
  • Utilizing animation
  • Popular game mechanics


100% Beginner-Friendly

This curriculum gives you all the tools needed to develop virtual reality games and applications – featuring introductory modules for those who have never coded before, to intermediate courses that will allow more experienced developers looking to branch out into new specializations, this Mini-Degree is designed to help you succeed.


Why Learn Virtual Reality?

Virtual reality has gone from a rising trend to an industry mainstay. Whether for games, retail, or even education, more and more users are flocking to VR – as are small and large businesses alike. As companies foresee the increasing impact of this technology, demand for VR developers (along with their salaries) is expected to rise.

Double bar graph showing User forecast for AR and VR by industry

Bar graph showing predicted industry impact of XR

Line graph showing VR Revenue forecast growth



Learn with project-based courses that are designed to be flexible – access them 24/7, fit them around your schedule, and choose the learning materials that suit you best.

You can even download your course videos and watch them offline using the Zenva app, available on iOS and Android.

✅ Watch video lessons

✅ Read text summaries

✅ Explore interactive lessons

✅ Practice with source code

✅ Build real projects

✅ Earn completion certificates


Our community of 1,000,000+ learners and developers have used the skills learned with us to publish their own games and websites, land their dream jobs, and even start their own businesses – and you have the potential to do the same!

Check out what our learners think below:



I love the lectures, concise course objectives, and how they not only teach you enough to get started, but prepare you for the advanced stuff later down the road.



With Zenva, I started learning a more accurate way to approach problems and develop solutions. It’s full of interesting topics that I love to learn in conjunction with my work.



I chose Zenva because of the large selection of topics and the fact that I can choose what courses I want to take whenever I want to take them. That level of freedom is unique to Zenva.



The Unity courses at Zenva helped me achieve a level of comfort with game development that I didn’t think was possible. They give you the confidence to expand your skills, and were so easy to understand.


Our course instructors participate in elite developer programs and have been recognized for their demonstrated excellence in development and teaching.

That way, you can be confident that you’re learning the most up-to-date content from industry experts.

  • Intro to Game Development with Unity v.2

    Intro to Game Development with Unity

     2h 7m
     Entry Level
  • Unity Mini-Projects – C# Fundamentals v.2

    Unity Mini-Projects – C# Fundamentals

     1h 40m
  • Create Your First 3D Game in Unity v.2

    Create Your First 3D Game in Unity

     2h 16m
  • Discover the XR Interaction Toolkit for VR

    Discover the XR Interaction Toolkit for VR

  • Create a Rhythm Game with the XR Interaction Toolkit

    Create a Rhythm Game with the XR Interaction Toolkit

     1h 32m
  • Build a Micro-VR Game

    Build a Micro-VR Game

     1h 56m
  • VR Game Development for Beginners with Unity

    VR Game Development for Beginners

     3h 6m
  • VR Development with Controllers

    VR Development with Controllers

     2h 6m
  • VR Pointers – Space Station App

    VR Pointers – Space Station App

     1h 44m
  • Hand Grabbing Controllers in VR

    Hand Grabbing Controllers in VR

  • VR Projects Night with Mosquitos Game

    VR Projects – Night with Mosquitos Game

     2h 52m
  • Project-Based Oculus Avatars and Platform SDK

    Project-Based Oculus Avatars and Platform SDK

     1h 34m
  • VR Projects – 360° Photos Experience

    VR Projects – 360° Photos Experience

     2h 44m
  • VR Projects – 360° Video Quiz App

    VR Projects – 360° Video Quiz App

     2h 26m
  • VR Unity Projects – Space Invaders

    VR Projects – Space Invaders

     3h 42m
  • VR Unity Projects – Exploration Game

    VR Projects – Exploration Game

     4h 28m
  • VR Unity Projects Puzzle Game

    VR Projects – Puzzle Game

     2h 43m
  • VR Unity Projects Fitness Game

    VR Projects – Fitness Game

     3h 3m
  • VR Projects – Cabin Experience

    VR Projects – Cabin Experience

     1h 56m
  • VR Unity Projects – Third-Person Platformer Game

    VR Projects – Third-Person Platformer Game

  • VR Projects Underwater Shark Experience

    VR Projects – Underwater Shark Experience

     2h 46m
  • VR Unity Projects First-Person Shooter

    VR Projects – First-Person Shooter

     4h 43m
  • VR Unity Projects Build an RPG

    VR Projects – Build an RPG

     4h 23m
This curriculum is suitable for complete beginners with no prior coding experience. A virtual reality headset is not required. However, if you’d like to test your projects and skills in a real-world setting, the use of a headset is recommended.
Why should I learn programming?

We’re living in the age of technology. In every industry, demand for developers is high and continues to rise, yet there’s a shortage of skilled developers. As a result, there’s a huge number of exciting opportunities out there for developers who want to take them.

By mastering the skills taught in these courses, you’ll prepare yourself for roles in a wide range of industries. Whether you want to work in a startup or a Fortune 500 company, you’ll learn in-demand knowledge and techniques that will help you to succeed.

What will I achieve by taking these courses?

You’ll not only learn the most in-demand modern languages, frameworks, and tools, but also how to apply them to your own projects and real-world situations.

Additionally, as our courses are primarily project-based, as you learn you’ll develop a rock-solid professional portfolio that can be used to impress potential employers.

Technology changes quickly. What happens if the content becomes outdated?

We’re committed to providing you with the most up-to-date, relevant content. If one of our courses becomes outdated due to modern practices, we’ll update it. Often, we’ll even remake it entirely using the latest versions of the languages, tools and frameworks.

We’re committed to keeping up with cutting-edge developments in the industry, and turn this knowledge into new courses, which we publish every month.

I’m an absolute beginner who’s never coded before. Can I still do these courses?

Yes, you can! We have entry-level courses on all key topics, and each of our curriculums feature guided learning paths that show you what courses are needed to reach your goals.

Additionally, if you need a little extra help, we have expert mentors on hand to answer any course-related questions that you might have.

What time commitment is needed?

We get that you’re busy, and so we’ve designed our courses to be completely flexible, so you can learn at your own pace and fit your courses around your schedule.

While we recommend that you put in at least a few hours a week (the more hours put in, the more you’ll get out!) there are no time limits or deadlines that you need to worry about.

Will these courses help me to change my career?

Many of our students have been able to successfully change their careers, land their dream job, get promoted, and even start their own businesses… and you have the potential to do the same!

You can also combine your existing skills with your new tech skills, and expand your career, rather than changing it completely.

Our courses have been designed to teach you highly transferable skills, and leave you with strong projects that can be added to your professional portfolio – whatever you want to do, we’ll help to get you there!

Can I watch the videos offline?

All courses on Zenva Academy can be accessed both on our online learning platform, and via the Zenva app (available for iOS and Android). The Zenva app features both online and offline access, so you can securely download your courses and complete them at your leisure.

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