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Our Goal

VRAR Academy’s goal is to to accelerate development of skilled VR/AR designers and developers, to meet the growing demand in BC, Canada and around the world for this skillset.  

We combine real world experience with the latest equipment, individual coaching during the program. Students will leave with demonstrable ‘reality’ skills to help them find employment in the VR and AR industry. 

Meet the Team

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Jordan Brighton

CTO & Head Instructor

Jordan is an inspirational trainer and manager.  She empowers students to try new things, to research solutions and never be afraid of making mistakes as it the blueprints for faster learning. More info

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Angie Marin

Instructor 

UX researcher passionate about how humans conceive and interact with technology. Her expertise in Visual Design,  Audiovisual Communication and Interaction Sciences has been published in HRI and HCII Conferences.

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Steven Martz

Instructor

Steven manages the creative direction of each game/production focusing on the User Interface,  game appearance, design and play mechanics. He also teaches the User Interface (UI) classes.

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Lee Brighton

Founder & CEO

Expert in entrepreneurship in the entertainment industry and Tech.  She believes in empowering people by providing them with the right tools to fast track their success. An early adopter, clean-tech enthusiast and loves her cozmo robotic pet. More info

Partnership

The VRAR.academy will design and deliver the training in partnership with a commercial studios.  Virtro Entertainment is a Vancouver-based commercial studio designing and developing VR and AR games across computing, gaming, and mobile platforms.

VRAR.academy manages and oversees the education, training, and assesses the learning of the students in partnership with Virtro Entertainment.

Mentors & Advisors

Dave Fracchia

Dave is currently serving as a Professor of Professional Practice at the Centre for Digital Media (CDM). Previously Dave held the role of Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University.  Dave was the Head of Studio at Radical Entertainment.

Liezel Sinclair

Liezel has over 12 years experience as a senior executive and art director for Radical Games.  She has extensive game design, development and deployment knowledge coupled with relationships at many of the major studios and game publishers throughout North America.

Fernando Medrano

Fernando is an experienced creative director, product developer, and founder of games and other technology startups. Fernando bridges the gap between creative and technology and comes with a proven ability to raise private and government startup capital.

Laurie Anderson

Laurie is the Executive Director of Continuing Studies in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University.  He is an Adjunct Professor following a successful career focused on Education through all levels of education.

Virginia Balcom

Virginia is an engineer by training, a strong communicator by nature, and an innovative marketer by experience. For more than 20 years she has been bringing new technology-based products to market. She has helped companies create and deliver winning marketing strategies.

Next Steps...

VRAR.academy is a unique program and spaces are limited.  We interview each candidate and careful select people to join our program.  If this sounds like the program that will propel your career, please contact us for more information or complete the application form.  We'd love to welcome you to our next session.