Virtual Reality Designer

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What is a Virtual Reality Designer

Virtual Reality Designers use their 3D design skills to create immersive digital worlds used for education, training and entertainment.

You could be designing a practical teaching tool for a life-saving surgical operation or assisting new pilots by replicating real-world scenarios in a flight simulator.

Top 3 job tasks:

  • Sketching concepts and ideas for the virtual reality world.
  • Using computer-aided design (CAD) to convert drawings into 3D models.
  • Designing interactive VR features that engage and educate users.

Getting in and Qualifications


Virtual Reality Designers work in a wide range of industries and have a similarly broad range of skills and qualifications.

Useful subjects:

  • Computer Science
  • Art and Design
  • Physics

In S5/6, a Foundation Apprenticeships in Software Development or Engineering can help develop the skills you need.

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you will need.


A Higher National Certificate, Higher National Diploma or degree in the following relevant subjects can provide skills highly valued by employers in this field:

  • Virtual and Augmented Reality Design
  • Graphic Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering

You can also get practical experience relevant to this role with an apprenticeship. These include: