XR Design, Bachelor's Degree

Bachelor of Culture and Arts
240 ects credits
4 years
Mode of studies
Tuition fees might apply


What is it like to study XR Design?

See our student Parinaz's experience of studying XR Design in Metropolia.

Become an Expert in XR Design

As an XR Design student, you will learn to create innovative applications and content for virtual and augmented reality environments. You will design spaces, concepts, objects, interfaces and immersive experiences for virtual environments using 3D modelling software and game engines as your tools.

Studying XR Design in a truly multicultural environment in Metropolia UAS gives you a perfect start towards an international career in a challenging and fast developing field of extended reality application design. The degree gives you a solid basis to work for example as an XR Designer, developer, digital artist, or project manager anywhere in the world.

Inspiring Study Experience

Your studies in the Degree Programme in Culture and Arts, XR Design include: XR content production skills such as 3D modelling, sculpting, animation, lighting and texturing. Importing 3D models into game engines and creating interactivity through programming. Designing user interfaces for virtual and augmented reality applications. Teamwork and participating in client projects.

The first year and a half is spent learning the basics of the industry, followed by project courses where you work on various team and client projects. During project courses, students often specialize in the job roles that interest them most. The studies also include internships and a thesis.

See XR Design curriculum in StudyGuide

XR productions are usually the result of collaboration between specialists in different fields. During the studies, students work in production teams that simulate working life. The intensive working model requires a commitment to full-time study.

You will become familiar with intercultural aspects due to the multi-cultural study environment and student community.

Broad Range of Career Prospects

XR sector is an emerging field of the future with new job opportunities. You can find employment for example in areas such as design visualisation in architecture, engineering and construction, design industry, 3D games and 3D simulators, virtual platforms for film and television, XR applications in health technologies or science visualization.

A job can be found in the games or entertainment industry, TV and film production, design agencies, marketing and advertising, production of educational material, or science illustration

Studying XR Design in Metropolia University of Applied Sciences gives you the keys to succeed in any of these interesting fields.

Scholarships and tuition fees

Annual tuition fee for non-EU/EEA applicants 12 000 €.

This fee applies only to non-EU/EEA degree students.

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Starting studies

How to start your studies in Metropolia

Welcome to study for a degree at Metropolia!

Congratulations! You have been admitted to Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and we are delighted to have you as a new member of our vibrant community of more than 16 000 students!

You have made an excellent choice - Metropolia offers you unique multidisciplinary opportunities throughout your studies with its strong connections to working life and active role in innovations built around socially significant phenomena.

We are happy to have you with us and help you with any questions you might have. Welcome to Metropolia!

The below information applies to students who have been accepted to study for a full degree at Metropolia. Make sure to complete all the steps in order to secure your study place.

Starting XR studies

Warm congratulations on your place in the XR Design degree programme!

Your studies start on Monday 19 August 2024 at 9:00 a.m. at the Metropolia Arabia campus (Hämeentie 135D, Helsinki), when the academic year starts. The first course is Academic and Communication Skills. The main goal of the first days of the course is to get to know other students and familiarise yourself with Metropolia's study practices. The course lecturers are Markku Luotonen, Turkka Loimisto and Tania Chumaira. You will start your studies in XR Classroom 453. A student-tutor will meet you in the lobby and guide you to the right room if necessary.

Please remember to have an official photo ID with you on the first day of study. The identity of all starting students will be checked upon registration. On the first day, you should also bring your note-taking equipment.

Username for Metropolia IT Systems

To study, you need to activate your User ID for Metropolia's information systems. Activate your username before the start of your studies. Read the instructions for activating an account on Metropolia's IT administration wiki and follow the instructions there to activate the credentials. Remember to make a note of your username and password!

If necessary, you will receive help and further instructions for activating your user account on the first day of your studies on 19.8.

Once you have activated your account, you can start using the Tuudo app. The Tuudo application acts as a digital student card, and it allows you to use Kela's meal subsidy, for example. It is a good idea to download Tuudo to your phone from the app store and start using it immediately after activating your user accounts, so that you can get lunch at the student price already on the first day of study.

Autumn 2024 courses

During the autumn semester, your group's curriculum includes the following courses:

  • Academic and Communication Skills, 5 ECTS

  • 3D Graphics, Polygonal Modeling and Animation, 15 ECTS

  • 2D Graphics Tools, 5 ECTS

  • Colour Perception and Composition, 5 ECTS

Teaching and working in your major studies usually take place on weekdays from 9 AM to 3 or 4 PM. The autumn schedules and study contents are discussed in more detail in the Academic and Communication Skills course.

The Studies Start 19.8.2024

First week program draft

Monday 19.8.:

Hämeentie 135D
Remember to bring your ID and note taking equipment.

Registration in the main lobby

XR Classroom 453
Start of studies, familiarisation with facilities and the degree

In the afternoon there's time to hang and play with VR applications and games.

Tueday 20.8.:

Hämeentie 135D

XR Class 453
Library services

12:00 - 15:00
XR Class 453
Structure of XR-studies.

Wednesday 21.8.:

Hämeentie 135D

Orientation day at XR Center

  • Campus coordinator info
  • Safety
  • Wellbeing services and student healthcare (FSHS)
  • Language info
  • Helpdesk
  • Metka and Demoni student organisations

Thursday 22.8.

Hämeentie 135D

Academic and Communication Skills: XR-related tasks.

Friday 23.8.:

Hämeentie 135D

The schedule will be specified later...
Programme organised by peer tutors.

On Friday 23.8. from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. a reception related to the accreditation of studies (eRPL) will be offered to those who have previously completed higher education studies at a university or university of applied sciences. You will learn more about this during the first week.

Studying is more rewarding the more you are willing to invest in your own learning. It is important that you plan the progress of your studies in a goal-oriented manner from the very beginning. Our staff will support you in planning your studies. The group's teacher tutor plays an important role in study counselling. Your group's teacher tutor is Markku Luotonen. More information on teacher tutoring and guidance for your personal study plan (PSP) will be available when the studies have begun.

If you have any questions about starting your studies, you can contact Education Coordinator Mika Rintala from 8.8.2023 (mika.rintala [at] metropolia.fi (mika[dot]rintala[at]metropolia[dot]fi), tel. +358 40 714 5119).

See you in August!

Questions related to accepting a study place

Metropolia's Student and Admission Services will answer questions related to the application process and accepting a study place also during the summer:

Email: admissions [at] metropolia.fi (admissions[at]metropolia[dot]fi)

Phone service: +358 40 712 5100