MS - Computer Graphics and Motion Technology - Technical Designer - DePaul

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Master of Science 2010-2011

Computer Graphics and Motion Technology

Technical Director Concentration

This concentration prepares students for jobs that facilitate artistic production. It gives students a solid aesthetic background while also providing a firm grounding in the scripting techniques necessary to take the industry’s software as far as it can go in realizing the artist’s creative intent. Graduates will be able to assist creative directors in such activities as creating virtual sets, adjusting lighting, asset management and rigging characters for animation. 

Learn more about admission to this program.

Online Learning Options
Some courses in this degree are available for review and playback via the CDM Course Online playback system (COL) . If a course is COL-enabled, any student registered in the course has access to the course playback. Students are strongly encouraged to utilize the COL resource wherever available. Some courses are offered online. To complete this degree students may take any combination of courses offered online and on campus. For more information on online learning at CDM visit the Online Learning page.
Degree Requirements
Students in this degree program must meet the following requirements:
  • complete a minimum of 52 credit hours (generally 13 courses) beyond the Prerequisite Phase
  • earn a grade of B- or better in each Prerequisite Phase course
  • earn a grade of C- or better in all graduate courses beyond the Prerequisite Phase
  • maintain a graduate level GPA of 2.50 or higher while pursuing their degree
  • achieve a graduate GPA of 2.50 or higher at the completion of all other requirements

Students with a GPA of 3.9 or higher will graduate with distinction.

For DePaul's policy on repeat graduate courses and a complete list of academic policies see the DePaul Graduate Handbook in the Course Catalog.


Course Requirements
Prerequisite Phase
The goal of the prerequisite phase is to give students the background necessary for starting the graduate program. These prerequisite phase requirements can be fulfilled in one of three ways:
  • The student takes the course and earns a grade of B- or higher
  • The student takes a Graduate Assessment Exam (GAE) to test out of the course
  • The faculty advisor waives the course because of equivalent academic background or work experience.

All students are blocked from enrolling in Graduate Phase courses prior to completing their prerequisites. Students must submit an online Change of Status request (through myCDM) when the Prerequisite Phase is completed to inform the Student Services offices that the block can be removed.

IT 240 Introduction to Desktop Databases
IM 230 Scripting for Interactive Media AND IM 330 Advanced Scripting for Interactive Media
ORIM 336 Interactive Media Scripting for Programmers
OR CSC 261 Programming in C++ I AND CSC 262 Programming in C++ II
GPH 269 Graphic Geometries
ORGPH 259 Design Geometry
HCI 402 Foundations of Digital Design
GPH 212 Perceptual Principles for Digital Environments II
*Note The Technical Director prerequisite concentration requires two quarters of programming in either Action Script or C/C++ so students entering with prior course work in C++ will satisfy this requirement. Any Technical Designer student who wishes to eventually take courses in the Developer concentration as electives is encouraged to take the C++ programming track CSC 261 and CSC 262 to satisfy the prerequisite programming requirement.
Foundation Phase
GPH 425 Survey of Computer Graphics
GPH 438 Computer Animation Survey
GPH 448 Computer Graphics Scripting
HCI 470 Digital Page Formatting
HCI 440 Introduction to User-Centered Design
GPH 450 Digital Modeling I
Advanced Phase
HCI 422 Multimedia
GPH 560 Modeling Spaces
GPH 565 Designing for Visualization
GPH 539 Advanced Rendering Techniques

Major Electives
Students must take 1 graduate GPH course in the 420-699 range.
Open Electives
Students must take 2 graduate CDM courses in the 420-699 range.

At least 1 of the Major or Open electives must be 500-level or above.

Suggested Electives
CSC 421 Applied Algorithms and Structures
CSC 423 Data Analysis and Regression
CSC 482 Applied Image Analysis
CSC 483 Information Processing Management (see 94483, 9/95)
CSC 521 Monte Carlo Algorithms
GPH 448 Computer Graphics Scripting
GPH 487 Forensic Animation
GPH 536 Smooth Surface Modeling for Graphics and Animation
GPH 540 Procedural Shading
GPH 575 Advanced Graphics Development