BS in Computer Graphics and Motion Technology - Technical Designer

Bachelor of Science 2011-2012

Computer Graphics and Motion Technology

Technical Designer Concentration

This concentration prepares students interested in visual aspects, including lighting setup, shader development, scripting and character rigging.
Degree Requirements
Students in this degree must meet the following requirements:
  • complete a minimum of 192 credit hours (generally 48 courses)
  • earn a grade of C- or higher in all Major courses (excluding Liberal Studies courses and Open Electives)
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
Students who earn a cumulative DePaul University GPA:
  • between 3.500 and 3.699 will be graduated cum laude
  • between 3.700 and 3.849 will be graduated magna cum laude
  • of at least 3.850 will be graduated summa cum laude
For DePaul's policy on repeat courses and a complete list of academic policies see the DePaul Undergraduate Handbook in the Course Catalog.
Course Requirements
Liberal Studies
The Liberal Studies program is the general education portion of the curriculum at DePaul University. Students must earn a grade of D or better in all courses taken to satisfy these requirements. The only exception is the Capstone course which is considered also a major requirement and in which students need to earn a C- or better.

Students may choose to take some CDM courses that carry Liberal Studies credit but they cannot double count them if they are part of the major requirements. A complete list of courses that carry Liberal Studies credit can be found on the Liberal Studies website along with an overview of the Liberal Studies requirements for this program . Students can search for courses that satisfy a particular Liberal Studies requirement on campusconnect.

Note Students must complete an ethics class as one of the Philosophical Inquiry or Religious Dimensions requirements. In this sample schedule the ethics requirement replaces one of the Philosophical Inquiry requirements.

The representation of these course requirements on a year-by-year basis is just a suggestion. Students are free to take these courses in any order they choose, provided they have mastered the course-specific prerequisites.

First Year
IM 230 Scripting for Interactive Media AND IM 330 Advanced Scripting for Interactive Media
OR CSC 261 Programming in C++ I AND CSC 262 Programming in C++ II
GPH 211 Perceptual Principles for Digital Environments I
OR GD 105 Intro to Visual Design
GPH 212 Perceptual Principles for Digital Environments II
GPH 259 Design Geometry
ANI 201 Animation I
MAT 140 Discrete Mathematics I
Liberal Studies Requirements
LSP 110 Discover Chicago
OR LSP 111 Explore Chicago
LSP 112 Focal Point Seminar
WRD 103 Composition and Rhetoric I
WRD 104 Composition and Rhetoric II
1 Arts & Literature
Second Year
GPH 345 Digital Surface Modeling
GPH 255 Hand Prototyping for Graphic Visualization
GPH 325 Survey of Computer Graphics
GPH 358 Computer Graphics Automation
IM 210 Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction
HAA 115 Asian Art
INTC 220 Public Speaking
Liberal Studies Requirements
HAA 130 European Art
ART 106 Beginning Drawing
LSP 200 Seminar On Multiculturalism in the United States
1 Self, Society, and the Modern World
1 Understanding the Past
Third Year
IM 315 Theory and Perception of Color
OR ART 205 Color Theory and Application
GPH 338 Survey of 3-D Animation
GPH 339 Advanced Rendering Techniques
HAA 242 Art From 1945 - 1975
WRD 204 Technical Writing
1 Major Elective
Liberal Studies Requirements
1 Junior Year Experiential Learning
1 Religious Dimensions
1 Self, Society, and the Modern World
1 Understanding the Past
1 Scientific Inquiry
1 Philosophical Inquiry
Fourth Year
GPH 388 Production Pipeline Techniques
GPH 395 Computer Graphics Senior Project (Capstone)
4 Major Electives
3 Open Electives
Liberal Studies Requirements
1 Philosophical Inquiry
1 Self, Society, and the Modern World
1 Religious Dimensions
Major Electives
Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in all major elective courses.

Students can take any of the following courses, as long as it was not previously used to satisfy a major requirement.

ANI 300 3D Character Animation
ANI 310 Motion Capture
ART 225 Beginning Photography
ART 329 Advanced Digital Photography
ART 360 Illustration (materials Fee) (prereq(s): Art 101, 105, 106 and 227)
GPH 259 Design Geometry
GPH 336 Smooth Surface Modeling for Graphics and Animation
GPH 340 Procedural Shading
GPH 341 Advanced Lighting Techniques
GPH 348 Rigging for Animation
GPH 376 Artificial Intelligence in Computer Games
GPH 380 Visualization
GPH 389 Real-Time Graphics Techniques
GPH 345 Digital Surface Modeling
GPH 329 Computer Graphics Development II
GPH 350 Digital Modeling II
GPH 358 Computer Graphics Automation
GPH 360 Modeling Spaces
GPH 374 Computer Games
GPH 375 Advanced Graphics Development
HAA 263 History of Interior Design
IM 210 Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction
IM 270 User-Centered Web Design
IM 322 Multimedia
IM 330 Advanced Scripting for Interactive Media *
OR IM 336 Interactive Media Scripting for Programmers *
IT 223 Data Analysis IT 223 Self-Test
MAT 150 Calculus I
MAT 151 Calculus II
MAT 152 Calculus III
* Students who take CSC 261/262 may take IM 330 or IM 336, however only one of the two will count as an elective.
Open Electives
Open Electives may be taken from any unit at DePaul. These are the only courses that may be taken under the pass/fail option (see the DePaul Undergraduate Course Catalog for details). Students must earn a grade of D or higher in all open elective courses. Courses that satisfy a CDM minor or other minors are normally credited as open electives.