Continuing & Professional Education

Interaction Design and Prototyping for XR

Earn a Microcredential

Through a project-based cur­ricu­lum, you will com­plete the pro­gram with a port­fo­lio of five projects demon­strat­ing the foun­da­tion­al skills need­ed to design immer­sive tech­nolo­gies in XR.

Learn the skills you need to launch a career in aug­ment­ed real­i­ty and vir­tu­al real­i­ty design and prototyping.

The Inter­ac­tion Design and Pro­to­typ­ing for XR Micro­cre­den­tial is offered in part­ner­ship with Cir­cuit Stream, an indus­try leader in Extend­ed Real­i­ty (XR) and Game Devel­op­ment edu­ca­tion. Learn how to apply design best prac­tices and pat­terns of design to immer­sive envi­ron­ments and XR applications.

This begin­ner-friend­ly online pro­gram will give you a sol­id foun­da­tion in the the­o­ry and prac­tice of design­ing for aug­ment­ed real­i­ty (AR), vir­tu­al real­i­ty (VR) and mixed real­i­ty (MR) technologies.

You’ll gain a sol­id under­stand­ing of usabil­i­ty con­sid­er­a­tions when design­ing for immer­sive expe­ri­ences, and you’ll be able to use indus­try-stan­dard tools, process­es and tech­niques for design­ing inter­faces and lay­outs. By the end of the pro­gram, you should be able to effec­tive­ly apply a range of XR devel­op­ment the­o­ries, meth­ods, and best prac­tices need­ed to cre­ate intu­itive and immer­sive user interfaces.

Earn a Microcredential
in Interaction Design and Prototyping for XR
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  • Earn a University of Alberta Record of Achievement in as little as 10 weeks
  • Earn a Cobranded Digital Badge from Circuit Stream and the University of Alberta
  • Currently open for enrolment

You will progress through all eight modules:

  • UNIT 1
    User Experience and Interaction Design for XR
  • UNIT 2
    Prototyping with ShapesXR
  • UNIT 3
    Introduction to Unity
  • UNIT 4
    Prototyping Immersive Worlds with Unity
  • UNIT 5
    Creating Interfaces in Unity
  • UNIT 6
    Prototyping for MR with MRTK and Figma
  • UNIT 7
    Prototyping for Mobile AR with Adobe Aero
  • UNIT 8
    Promoting Your App with Spark AR

Note: This pro­gram is offered as a col­lab­o­ra­tion between the Uni­ver­si­ty of Alberta’s depart­ment of Online and Con­tin­u­ing Edu­ca­tion and Cir­cuit Stream. 

This pro­gram is non-cred­it and does not count towards a Uni­ver­si­ty of Alber­ta diplo­ma or cer­tifi­cate pro­gram. It will not impact your GPA and you will not see it on your tran­script. Upon suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion, you will receive a co-brand­ed dig­i­tal badge and Record of Achieve­ment from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Alber­ta and Cir­cuit Stream.

Reg­is­tra­tion is processed direct­ly through the Cir­cuit Stream web­site.


This 10-week begin­ner-friend­ly online pro­gram is suit­able for any­one inter­est­ed in design­ing immer­sive expe­ri­ences. It is par­tic­u­lar­ly use­ful to indi­vid­u­als with a back­ground or inter­est in UX design who are seek­ing essen­tial skills to apply UX best prac­tices to XR expe­ri­ences, pro­to­types, and expe­ri­ences for AR and VR and a stronger under­stand­ing of how to use pro­to­typ­ing tools. There are no pre­req­ui­sites or expe­ri­ence required. 


To enrol in the in the pro­gram please fill out an enrol­ment form.

This live online program runs over ten weeks. Your time commitment will include:

  • 3 hours online class sessions per week
  • 4-6 hours self-study
  • Optional study sessions with student ambassadors
  • Optional weekly office hours
  • Final Quiz: 100%

Upon successful completion of this course and a minimum grade of 70% on the final quiz, you will earn a co-branded XR Designer digital badge and Record of Achievement from the University of Alberta and Circuit Stream.

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