Next Galaxy Corporation and Miami Dade College (MDC) are teaming up to offer an "Introduction to Virtual Reality" course at the college’s new interactive learning facility, Miami Animation and Game International Complex (MAGIC).
MAGIC is a state of the art building for students learning to create video games, cartoons, movies and animation. The university recently unveiled MAGIC for students majoring in animation and game development, and it is adding Virtual Reality to its curriculum.
"We are excited to team up with Next Galaxy to bring a hands on program in Virtual Reality to the community," MAGIC Chairperson Mauricio Ferrazza said. "We actually put together this facility as if it were a real animation studio. MAGIC is giving students the chance to take part in something that the state has been lacking for quite some time. MDC is the only public college in the state with this kind of facility and program. The animation industry has been spilling out to other industries: architecture, forensic, medical, product design. They're all using these technologies for their indicators so we really saw a demand in the work force."
Students taking the introductory course will receive Next Galaxy's VR package featuring audio headphones, controller, and VR headset. The partnership creates an opportunity for students to learn to build content designed for the burgeoning Virtual Reality market, as well as for Next Galaxy to create a network of trained professionals to work on future projects and produce ongoing sales of NGC's VR Package.
"Virtual reality is about to take off in a way that I don't think anybody can fully comprehend,” Next Galaxy President Mary Spio said. “We're totally convinced of the role Virtual Reality will play in most aspects of education, commerce, entertainment and training of all kinds in the future. We are extremely pleased to be a leader in the development of the tools and help young people play an active role in what is probably the biggest development ever."
Miami Dade College is the nation’s largest and most diverse college with over 165,000 students from across the world.
Next Galaxy develops innovative content solutions and fully immersive consumer virtual reality. Its flagship consumer products currently in development include the world’s first 4D audio headphones, mobile VR controller and shareable VR experience platform.