Course Module: Augmented Reality

Course Description

This course presents an introduction to Augmented Reality, with emphasis on designing and developing Augmented Reality applications. The course starts with a comprehensive introduction to the field, covering also its history with early precursors dating back to the 19th century and with more than half a century of serious technology R&D. The course then introduces to the state of the art of hardware and software, with practical try-out possibilities of Smart Glasses, interactive clothing, and other futuristic technology. The course covers all you need to know about Spatial Computing, Human Computer Interaction, Perception, Design Thinking, and Application Development. A rich mix of theory and practice is complemented with methodology and hands-on development and evaluation. Insights into specialist application areas and job perspectives will help sharpen your skill set. As part of the course, students will be tasked with designing, developing, and evaluating their own Augmented Reality application.

Grades will be based on an interdisciplinary team project, ideally bringing together students of the Computer Sciences with students in Arts and Media.

Practical assignments are made using the Unity game development platform, freely downloadable at Unity 3D.


12 weeks of online course 28 January – 28 April 2019, including one full-time (‘blocked’) week face-to-face 18 – 22 February 2019.

  • Week 1

    28.01.2019 – 01.02.2019: Semester starts, no meeting

  • Week 2: online

    04.02.2019 – 08.02.2019: Introduction to the course

    (Brookes students: room: t.b.a., externals: link: t.b.a.)

  • Week 3: online

    11.02.2019 – 15.02.2019: Unity Basics and Software Installation

    (Brookes students: room: t.b.a., externals: link: t.b.a.)

  • Week 4: face-to-face (full week, 9am-5pm)

    18.02.2019 – 22.02.2019: Face-to-face week at Oxford Brookes University

  • Week 5

    25.02.2019 – 01.03.2019: no meeting (independent work)

  • Week 6: online

    04.03.2019 – 08.03.2019: Proposal due

    Brookes students: room: t.b.a., externals: link: t.b.a.)

  • Week 7

    11.03.2019 – 15.03.2019: no meeting (independent work)

  • Week 8: online

    18.03.2019 – 22.03.2019: Interim report

    (Brookes students: room: t.b.a., externals: link: t.b.a.)

  • Week 9

    25.03.2019 – 29.03.2019: no meeting (independent work)

  • Week 10

    01.04.2019 – 05.04.2019: no meeting (independent work)

  • Week 11: online

    08.04.2019 – 12.04.2019: Demo Shootout

    (Brookes students: room: t.b.a., externals: link: t.b.a.)

  • Easter break

    15.04.2019 -26.04.2019

  • Week 12: online

    29.04.2019 – 03.05.2019: Closing session & final submission
    (Brookes students: room: t.b.a., externals: link: t.b.a.)


For non-Brookes externals: your home institution will provide the credits. The face to face week is mandatory, and you will have to come to Oxford. The other meetings will be arranged with online live streaming.

For Oxford Brookes Students: the whole course is face to face, we meet on the Wheatley campus.


The course is open to undergraduate and graduate students, Ph.D. candidates, post-doctoral researchers, and academic as well as industrial researchers. Students will receive credit.

You benefit from the course if you already know:

  • some basic mathematical and programming skills (Python, Java, C or C++, Unity programming or equivalent)
  • fundamentals of algorithms and data structures
  • linear algebra, especially with respect to 3D transformations
  • some basic 3D computer graphics
  • fundamentals of media, communications or marketing

None of these are obligatory.

Cost of the course

The course is free of charge, but you have to cover yourself the cost of the travel and accommodation.

Practical Information

We recommend accommodation near our Gipsy Lane campus in the heart of Oxford (airbnb), where a direct bus connection U1 leaves every 30 min to our Wheatley campus. It is also possible to stay in Wheatley (airbnb), if you like walking to the university or if there is capacity available in our dormitories (accomodation).

Travel Guides can be found here. The face-to-face part of the course is hosted by Performance Augmentation Lab at the Oxford Brookes University. Find Us

Application details

Application deadline: 27 January 2019

To register, please follow this link or press the big ‘register’ button below: