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Immersive Experience Design II

Instructor Jacquelyn Morie

Led by instructor Jacquelyn Ford Morie, this course present a unique opportunity to meet and hear from experts in the field of immersive media. Click here for more details and to enroll


Mondays Sept 19 – Nov 28

9am to 12pm PT

Live on Zoom

Most sessions will feature an industry level guest speaker. Students will explore the immersive works they have created and ask them questions about those works. Students will also refine their Immersive Experience Design Template for their initial concept with more focus on Production Flow.

Class will include several virtual field trips.

One short essay paper will be required.


Week 1 Sept 19

Introductions and Goals for the Quarter

Review of Experience Design Template Phases for the first class.

How to use LinkedIn and other Networking tools

Week 2  Sept 26

Guest Speaker: Randal Kleiser

Randal Kleiser, esteemed director of films such as Grease and Blue Lagoon, will be joining us to discuss an immersive series he created called Defrost, based on an idea he had years before VR entered its third wave.

Week 3  Oct 3

Taylor Freeman of Axon Park.

Taylor’s company Axon Park, is building metaverse campuses for universities. They also create custom training modules for health practitioners.

They are at the forefront of reimagining education for the future.

Week 4 Oct 10

Guest Speaker: Brian Seth Hurst, who will discuss his

considerations for his historic immersive work: My Brother’s Keeper

Week 5 Oct 17

Social VR platforms and a Virtual Field Trip!!

We will discuss the important considerations for use and advantages of immersive social platforms. During this class, we will all be given a personalized tour of Meta’s Horizons, by a guide who have been deeply involved with the platform. Students will attend the virtual field trip via their Oculus Quest 2 headsets.

Week 6 Oct 24

Case Study: Health-related company/experience. Guest speaker still TBD; Virtual Field Trip

Week 7 Nov 7

Showcase experience: Climate Change behavioral intervention. Gust Speaker Yvla Hansdotter, Date TB Confirmed

Week 8  Nov 14

The Artistic Experience with Guest Speaker Kevin Mack. Oscar winner Kevin Mack takes on a wild and wonderful journey into the best of today’s VR art, including his own!!

Virtual Field Trip Museum of Other Realities

Week 9  Nov 21

Discussion of new directions. One on one meetings with students to refine their concepts.

Week 10  Nov 28

Next steps: Where do you go to market yourself with these new found skills?

Week 11  Dec 5

Final Presentations. We hope to have industry guests in attendance.

Immersive Experience Design I

Instructor Jacquelyn Morie

Thursdays, Sept 22 – Dec 8 

9am to 12pm PT

Live on Zoom

Led by instructor Jacquelyn Ford Morie

For more details and to enroll click here

Virtual Reality and other forms of immersive media (collectively known as XR) have the potential to enhance people’s lives in innovative and engaging ways. How can creators learn to produce effective and meaningful immersive content? Until now there has not been a good place to learn such techniques.

This class provides a solid foundation for understanding what immersive media is, as well as what it can and might be. Covered topics include the origins and distinctive affordances of immersive media, range of media types, concept generation, character integration, and how to craft an experience to fit specific goals.

Students will be provided an Immersive Design Template to fill out as they develop a concept for a personal Immersive Experience. Techniques to achieve a great experience design are covered and included in the lectures and in the design template.

Students leave the class understanding many important techniques critical to develop quality immersive experiences. An Oculus Quest 2 with 256 GB of storage is required for this course.

Students will be assigned several immersive experiences to try as homework followed by a discussion about those in class.

Guest speakers may contribute to the class throughout the semester.

The final project is a well-crafted immersive design concept, delivered as both a written document and a final slide presentation.

Week 1 Sept 22

Introductions and Goals for the Quarter

Lecture, Discussion: Origins and Types of VR

Lecture, Discussion: Current types of Immersive Media; What makes these types of media examples different from traditional media 

Set up your Oculus Quest 2

Week 2  Sept 29

Lecture, Discussion: What is an experience?

This class presents a look at a continuum of different types of XR media – from storytelling to documentary to brand experiences. From a passive experience where you are just an observer, to full agency where your actions and decisions steer the experience, there is a continuum of interaction that can serve different goals. 

Week 3  Oct 6

Lecture, Discussion: An overview of production for immersive experiences, from the 1990s until present day.

Guest Lecture: Michal Potts from the World Building Class

Week 4 Oct 13

Lectures, Discussion: Considerations for XR (immersive) Design: 3 topics

Topic 1: A first look at design considerations and steering the Experience

Topic 2: Avatars and POV within the experience: What does an Avatar bring to the experience?

Topic 3:Types of viewpoints

Week 5 Oct 20

Lecture, Discussion: Starting to design your own immersive experience. The Immersive Design Template will be introduced.

Additional lecture. Discussion topics: A deeper dive into other characters within your experiences. What does it take to make a virtual human vs an NPC. How can AI characters be utilized to enhance the experience?

Week 6 Oct 27

Lecture, Discussion: More techniques to create a fuller experience

What other tools and techniques are available to get participants to have the experience you want without them feeling coerced or that the experience didn’t really need them. Techniques for more agency.

Week 7 Nov 3

Lecture, Discussion: A variety of current case studies. Guest lecture TBD

Week 8  Nov 10

Lecture, Discussion: What does the world give you?

How does the look and feel of the world affect the participant experience?

A look at existing “metaverses” 

Virtual field trips to various shared immersive worlds

Week 9  Nov 17

Work on final experience design concpets

Lecture, Discussion: Possible Guest Speaker TBD

Week 10  Nov 24

One on one meetings with students to go over your design concepts.

Week 11  Dec 1

Presentations of your immersive design concepts to your classmates

Week 11  Dec 8

Final Class Presentations to industry guests in attendance.

UCLAxOpen Free Course: The You in UX

Join us Tuesday, February 22th at 12pm for The You in UX, a free short course about careers in UX Design.

What is user experience design, and is it for you? This seminar will explore the career paths open to user experience designers. Hear from recent graduates about their industry experience, the current marketplace, and how the UCLA Extension User Experience Certificate can help you begin a strategic career in user experience design.

Speakers include Musangi Muthui (technologist, creative imagineer and business strategist) Andy Dang (product designer), and Zachary Taylor, (User Experience Certificate grad).

Enroll now!

COVID testing protocol for return to in-person classes at Gayley Center

Video explainer:

Dear Student,

We’ve created a simple a to-do list for you to attend your winter quarter class in Gayley Center:

Return to Classroom Health and Safety Checklist

  • Get a COVID booster.
    Upload an updated copy of your vaccination card with booster information to the UCLA COVID Vaccine Tracker either on the web or using the UCLA Mobile app.

  • Test for COVID 72 hours or fewer before your first in-person class, then again your first day of class.
    This first test can be done either through the campus distribution centers (UCLAx Gayley Center is one) or elsewhere in the community: the Los Angeles County-run sites or at CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens or local independent pharmacies. Either rapid tests or PCR are acceptable. Upload your results to the UCLA COVID Vaccine Tracker either on the web or using the UCLA Mobile app.

  • Complete a daily symptom check.
    Each day you have class, fill out the Symptom Monitoring Survey either on the web or using the UCLA Mobile app and receive your clearance certificate.

  • Wear a mask.
    Upgraded masks are required in all indoor spaces on campus, including classrooms, libraries and labs. Masks will be available upon request at Gayley and Lindbrook Centers.

  • Test for COVID weekly through the end of winter quarter.
    After the first 72-hour test, all are required to test through the free campus distribution centers once a week (note: NOT the vending machines). UCLAx Gayley Center is one of the distribution centers, so we recommend you arrive early enough before your class each week to take care of this (in Gayley Center: left side of lobby, double glass doors by elevator. Hours: 8am – 10pm Mon-Thu, 8am-5pm Fri.) Deposit a saliva sample per the test instructions in the marked collection bin. Results will be emailed to you within 24-48 hours.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

My best,

Kate Reeves
Program Coordinator
UCLAx Design Communication Arts
(310) 825-6448
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Interview with UX Graduate Nicholas Reedy

Congratulations to Nicholas on his recent graduation! Hear about his background and see some of his class projects below.

How did you get interested in user experience design and why did you choose this program? 

It’s a funny story, because I always attribute my budding interest in User Experience Design to my time spent as a Preschool Teacher. As crazy as it sounds, I always felt like running a preschool classroom was sort of the ultimate UX experience – having to design your classroom to fit the varying needs of your students, empathizing with your “users” to create developmentally appropriate curriculum – it all fits in with the principles of UX.

I had to make a career pivot once COVID hit. Digital preschool just wasn’t achievable, and that’s when I really started looking into the UX field. I have a BA in psychology, so I wanted to find something that could utilize that skill set. I had heard great things about UCLA’s extension program being an LA native myself, so I thought I’d do a bit of investigating and I’m thrilled I did.

Can you tell us about a project you completed that you’re proud of, or that you found especially challenging?

One project had me on a team where we had to figure out a new solution for “the car buying experience.” What was tricky about that one was it was a process that was already etched in stone; so many people had their preconceived notions of what the process would look like. There was very little empathy between channels as well, as car buyers and dealers felt that their way of handling the situation was superior to the other. This made gathering our initial research rather difficult, because there was not much constructive feedback to collect when it came to improving the process. Fortunately I was a part of an amazing team and we were able to develop a holistic approach to reinventing this somewhat antiquated experience, which focused on improving the fractured relationship between the two parties.

What are your professional aspirations?

I’m geared more towards the user research side of UX, things like running interviews, creating usability tests, things of that nature. I would love to take these skills into the video game industry and help design systems that make games enjoyable. I can’t even begin to tell you how many games I’ve had to put down because of an awful user experience. Functionality testing, measuring user enjoyment, building out UIs – these are all things that I want to help test and develop through various research methods. Looking even further into the future I’d love to take these skills into the VR world too, as it seems there is a ton of untapped potential in that field.

What advice would you give someone interested in learning more about User Experience Design?

If you’re passionate about it, go for it. Don’t think it’s ever too late to explore a new avenue, especially if you already find yourself in a completely different line of work. And don’t think you need to be a “UX Unicorn” to get somewhere with it. Focus on what part of User Experience Design calls to you and dive in, continuing to better yourself in that field every opportunity you get. There are so many resources out there that will make you a fantastic UXer (including your peers), so don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone to utilize them.

UCLAxOpen Free Course: Designing Business Models for Success

Join us Wednesday, February 9 at 12pm for Designing Business Models for Success, a free short course taught by accomplished multi-disciplinary strategist Lauren Cantor.

This 90-minute course will focus on the visual tools entrepreneurs need to create a shared language when discussing business models and strategy. It will also explore how to create or improve an existing business model, using real-world examples to better understand the mechanics behind the most successful business models.

Lauren Cantor

Lauren is a multi-disciplinary strategist with a focus on venture design and innovation. After working on Wall Street for close to 20 years, she switched focus to her passion for design and completed an MFA as Designer + Entrepreneur from the School of Visual Arts (where she was the 2017 Graduate Valedictorian). In addition, she holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, a BA magna cum laude from Columbia University in Astrophysics, and is a graduate of the UCLA Extension Design Communication Arts program. Lauren currently runs her own creative consulting firm, Field & Edge where she works with companies to create new business strategies by tackling issues of human-centered design. She also teaches Venture Design in the MFA programs at the School of Visual Arts and Art Center College of Design.

Enroll in Designing Business Models for Success today!

Enroll now! Frontend Web Coding Boot Camp: FAQ

Design by DCA graduate Laurie Racicot

***Now starting Thursday July 1st. Enroll today!***

Curious what you could learn in the 8-unit DCA elective, Frontend Web Coding Boot Camp? Instructor Mitch Gohman shared specifics about it with us:

Course Description

Learn to powerhouse web languages and toolsets to create immersive and impactful web-based environments in this intensive web coding boot camp. Become fluent in HTML (content), CSS (presentation), and JavaScript (behavior), the essential tools of a front-end web developer. Explore framework integration to speed up development and build responsive, grid layouts that meet today’s requirements for mobiles, tablets, and desktops. Examine contemporary design trends and real world practices to design and build a fully functional, modern, responsive website from scratch.


Students will develop a real-world website that leverages the concepts covered throughout the course and meets modern industry demands.

Course Competencies

  • HTML. You will be able to identify and generate key HTML language ingredients for more meaningful and semantic documents.
  • CSS. You will be able to create Cascading Style Sheets that expands on the functionality and appearance of HTML documents.
  • JS. You will be skilled in the fundamentals of JavaScript as a foundation for the interactivity of Web Applications.
  • Web Hosts and Publishing: You will be skilled in obtaining hosting space, managing domains, and publishing web content to a public server.
  • Web Application Design Considerations. You will be skilled in creating websites that meet the common constraints found in Web Design.


  1. Hello HTML, CSS and JS
  2. HTML Building Relationships
  3. CSS Selectors
  4. CSS Responsive Media Queries
  5. CSS Navigations
  6. CSS Positioning
  7. CSS Layouts (Flexbox, Floats, and Positioning)
  8. JS Fundamentals
  9. JS Syntax
  10. JS Class Switching
  11. JS Tabs
  12. JS Lightboxes
  13. JS Arrays, Loops and Automation
  14. JS Slideshows
  15. JS Scope and This
  16. jQuery
  17. Publishing Websites
  18. Final Project Workshop
  19. Final Submissions

Please contact Kate at with any questions. Thanks!

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