Intro to Augmented Reality

Intro to Augmented Reality



Augmented Reality (AR) is an interactive experience of a real world environment where the objects that reside in the real-world are “augmented” by computer-generated perceptual information. AR alters one's ongoing perception of a real-world environment, whereas virtual reality completely replaces the user's real-world environment with a simulated one.

This 12-hour workshop will teach you the fundamentals of augmented reality (AR) and how to build an AR experience using digital software Lens Studio + the Snapchat.

Through project-based learning, this course will break down complex AR concepts to make them easy to understand, while also sharing expert tips and knowledge from ASoF lead instructor, Official Lens Creator and Snap's Lens Studio Ambassador, and multi-media artist, Alie Jackson.

All stills used are courtesy of Alie Jackson and feature her latest work including her AR lens for Nike Jordan which premiered at ALL STAR WEEKEND 2019.

Over the course of a weekend, students will learn:

  • What is AR and its possibilities in art, commerce, social media, and digital marketing

  • How AR experiences work

  • How AR is shifting the digital landscape

  • Getting familiar with AR software (instructor led tutorial on digital devices)

  • Concept development of your AR Experience (class project)

  • Building an AR experience using Snapchat's Lens Studio (hands-on learning)

This course is apart of Austin School of Film’s digital inclusion program and has 2 scholarship spots open. To apply for a scholarship, please contact us at:

All classes take place in MMAC's iMac computer lab. All software courses are taught on iMac computers. Mac experience is strongly suggested for any ASoF software course but not required.

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INSTRUCTOR: Alie Jackson is a Multimedia Artist, Art Director and 2D Motion Designer born and raised in Austin, TX. She received her B.F.A. from Stephen F. Austin State University with a focus on Advertising Design and Photography. As a multimedia artist, she has screened experimental films and music videos at Transform Film Festival, Austin Music Video Festival and was the Boss Babes Resident Artist for February/March 2018. Alie currently works as a Senior Art Director at Arts + Labor where she creates branding, motion graphics and social media for independent films, documentaries, TV programing and more. She has also worked with clients including Nike, Jordan, ABC, FX, Disney, TNT, Warner Brothers, Universal Studios, Amazon Studios, and Marvel.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Those interested in learn the fundamentals of augmented reality (AR), and how to build an AR experience.

This class is perfect for beginners or occasional users looking to get a better understanding of the basics of AR.

PRE-REQUISITES: none necessary; all levels welcome! Students must be at least 18 years old to take this class.

CERTIFICATEDVCP elective class

SUPPLIES: all supplies provided for the duration of this workshop, including iMac workstation, software, and tablets.


All ASoF courses are certified by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to provide Continued Professional Education (CPE) credits.


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