Extended Reality (XR) focuses on the extended physical human experience through multimodal digital tools and participatory narrative processes. It encompasses the emerging areas of augmented and virtual reality as well as distributed, context specific interactions realized through custom arrays of sensing and multimodal displays. Modular and multimodal narrative components are composed into extended reality experiences through active user participation. Extended reality also necessitates novel intellectual property, marketing and distribution techniques. Applications range from entertainment to commerce, communication, learning, fashion, mobility, health, productivity and social applications. Through the minor in Extended Reality Design and Development, designers, entrepreneurs and developers will explore the interconnection of narrative, space construction, software development, hardware engineering and user experience. The minor will provide a robust core foundation combined with bespoke learning experiences and industry insights to help students chart new paths in creating diverse experiences and careers that are immersive, future-facing with significant potential for societal impact. The XR minor will help innovators create groundbreaking impact in areas including med-tech, collective decision making systems, augmented intelligence, product design, augmented manufacturing, hybrid learning, brand marketing, and new areas that are yet to be defined.
Information on how to apply to the minor can be found at: iovine-young.usc.edu.