MS - Computer Graphics and Motion Technology - Visualization - DePaul

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Master of Science 2011-2012

Computer Graphics and Motion Technology

Visualization Concentration

This concentration focuses on graphics/animation for displaying, explaining and analyzing scientific and medical data. Visualization displays numerical data in an accurate, high-density and compact form in which patterns are revealed, emphasized and clearly communicated. Students focus on the mathematics, statistics and programming techniques necessary to analyze and display such data. At the same time students are given a firm grounding in the aesthetics that allow them to build visualizations that communicate effectively and beautifully.

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 graduate 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 pursuing their second master's degree must complete 52 graduate credit hours (generally 13 courses) beyond their first master's degree.

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 223 Data Analysis
CSC 261 Programming in C++ I
CSC 262 Programming in C++ II
CSC 393 Data Structures in C++
MAT 150 Calculus I and MAT 151 Calculus II
or MAT 160 and MAT 161
or MAT 170 and MAT 171 *
HCI 302 Foundations of Digital Design
* This calculus sequence is recommended.
Foundation Phase
GPH 425 Survey of Computer Graphics
GPH 436 Fundamentals of Computer Graphics
HCI 440 Introduction to User-Centered Design
CSC 431 Scientific Computing
HCI 470 Digital Page Formatting
GPH 469 Computer Graphics Development
Advanced Phase
GPH 572 Principles of Computer Animation
CSC 481 Introduction to Image Processing
GPH 570 Visualization
GPH 580 Hardware Shading 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
GPH 438 Computer Animation Survey
GPH 450 Digital Modeling I
GPH 539 Advanced Rendering Techniques
GPH 560 Modeling Spaces