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Specialist Diploma in Immersive Simulation (AR/VR)

Topic:ICT, Media & Design

Course Type:Part-Time Diploma and Post-Diploma Courses

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  • Course Date:

    17 Apr 2023 to 31 Mar 2024
  • Registration Period:

    01 Dec 2022 to 28 Feb 2023
  • Time:

    12:00 AM to 12:00 AM,
    300 hours (1 year)
  • Mode of Training:

    Facilitated Learning (Face-to-Face/ Online Synchronous) and Asynchronous E-Learning
  • Venue:

    Singapore Polytechnic (facilitated classroom training) and Online E-Learning
  • Funding:

    Eligible for SkillsFuture Credit

Please note that once the maximum class size is reached, the online registration will be closed. You may register your interest and be notified with there is a new run.

Class schedule:
2 evening per week and 3 hours long classes
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Course Duration: 
300 hours (1 year)

PDC to start with:

Please refer to Academic Calendar.

For course specific details, please contact the course manager:
Name: Alfred Fabian

For other enquiries, please email to

Course Objective

We are pleased to introduce our new Specialist Diploma in Immersive Simulation. This Diploma is a collaborative effort of the Media, Arts and Design School, School of Computing with the support of Singapore Polytechnic’s Immersive eXperience Technology Centre (IXTC).

The Immersive Media sector is identified as a frontier technology in Singapore and is seen as a growth multiplier for the city state, potentially transforming many other industries. Globally, Immersive Simulation is also seen as the next wave of innovation amongst major tech giants, as the potential for Immersive Simulation can be applied across diverse fields. Hence, the potential of this sector is expected to play a key role both locally and globally in the development of the digital economy across fields like engineering, healthcare, education, entertainment, architecture, construction, and retail.

In view of the global uptake of adoption of Immersive Simulation, as well as a local spotlight on it as a frontier technology, the proposed course seeks to provide aspiring working adults in the media and info-communications technology sector to equip themselves with the skills in Immersive Simulation.

The course aims to equip students with the following critical knowledge and skills:

  • Immersive simulation (Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and Mixed Reality (MR)) development fundamental
  • Media content creation for immersive simulation user experiences
  • Developing multi-user immersive simulation applications

The course is designed to upskill the participants with competencies that fit into two Skills Framework: Skills Framework for Infocomm Technology and Skills Framework for Media.

Within the Skills Framework for Infocomm Technology, under Software and Applications track, this course would be relevant for Associate Software Engineer, Software Engineer, Associate User Interface (UI) and UI Designer to progress into more senior roles. Under the Product Management track, it would build onto skills for Associate UX Designer and User Experience (UX) Designer. 

Within the Skills Framework for Media, this course would be relevant for Junior Programmer (Game Technical Development track), Junior Designer (Game Design track), and 3D Artist (Visual Graphics track) to enable progression into more senior roles.

Course Outline

This course consists 2 Post Diploma Certificates (PDC). Each PDC will consist of 2 modules whereas duration of each PDC is 1 semester long. Classes will be conducted in the evenings for 15 weeks each semester to cater to working adults.

PDC 1: Certificate in Immersive Simulation and Content Development
Module 1: Immersive Simulation Development Techniques
Module 2: Immersive Media Content Development

PDC 2: Certificate in Immersive Multi-User Experience
Module 3: Multi-User Immersive Simulation
Module 4: Immersive Experience Design with Capstone Project

The synopsis of the modules can be found here

Minimum Requirements

The entry requirements for the Specialist Diploma in Immersive Simulation are based on the following: 

  • Relevant degree or diploma in related courses: Digital Media, Infocomm Technology, Entertainment Industry, Industrial Design and Built Environment.
  • Graduates from the Singapore Polytechnic’s Diploma in Game Design and Development (Game Programming track), Diploma in Information Technology (Immersive Simulation Technology track), as well as those who have completed the full suite of immersive media poly wide electives, will be considered for exemption (subjected to exemption guidelines).
  • Applicants with basic programming background will be beneficial, however relevant portfolio and/or working experience will also be considered. 
  • Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on evidence of at least 5 years of relevant working experience or supporting evidence of competency readiness. Suitable applicants who are shortlisted may have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may apply for admission to the course by producing evidence of at least 5 years relevant working experience or supporting information to ascertain their competency readiness.  Eligible applicants who are shortlisted may have to go through an interview and/or entrance test.

The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist eligible applicants and admit applicants who perform well in the interview and/or entrance test.

Certification / Accreditation

Upon completion of the modules in each semester, the participant will be awarded one Post-Diploma Certificates (PDC) respectively.

Suitable for

This course is suitable for those who wish to apply their skills in a range of industries and applications, such as engineering, healthcare, education, entertainment, architecture, construction and retail. It is also suitable for professionals who intent to upskill themselves and apply their updated knowledge and skills into their work and career.

Course Fees

Click here for Funding Incentives and Fees Matters.

Applicants/Eligibility Certificate in Immersive Simulation and Content Development Certificate in Immersive Multi-User Experience Total Course Fees
SINGAPORE CITIZENS BELOW THE AGE OF 40 $556.13 $556.13 $1,112.26
SINGAPORE CITIZENS AGED 40 AND ABOVE $370.76 $370.76 $741.52
SINGAPORE PR $1,522.80 $1,522.80 $3,045.60
SME-SPONSORED SINGAPORE PR $465.30 $465.30 $930.60
REPEAT STUDENTS (for SC) $3,707.55 $3,707.55 $7,415.10
OTHERS / REPEAT STUDENTS (for PR) $3,807.00 $3,807.00 $7,614.00

*SC - Singapore citizen          ** PR - Permanent resident

SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Funding and Enhanced Training Support for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). For details, please refer to here.

Other Fees Payable:

Other Fees Payable 
(Incl. GST)
Examination Fee-$16.20
Miscellaneous Fee$7.49$7.56
Statutory Licence Fee (CLASS)$1.01$1.02
Insurance Fee (GPA)$2.25$2.27

- The fees shown (inclusive of 8% GST) are indicative as they are based on prevailing funding policies and subject to review.

- As announced at Budget 2022, there will be no increase in government fees and charges for Singaporeans from 1 Jan 2023 to 31 Dec 2023.

- Post Diploma Module Certificate fee is payable on a semester basis.

Refund Policy:
- Withdraw within 2 weeks before semester commencement, 70% refund of paid course fee.
- Withdraw on or after date of semester commencement, no refund of paid course fee.

Please note that other fees paid are non-refundable.

Application Procedure

Please click here for application procedures.

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