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Overview

Highly technical yet completely artistic, computer graphics blends elements of a computer science major and elements of an art major into one exciting four-year ride. Students will be expected to draw on aspects from both fields and use them to succeed. You’ll learn the basics—and the not-so-basics—of computer programming and a variety of computer applications and you’ll practice computer-based graphic design and the programming of graphic systems. With the rapid advancements being made in this field, you’ll never run out of new things to discover and use in your work. And it’s not all about knowing the nuts and bolts of how to do it, either; throughout this major you’ll be developing your own digital aesthetic, so your graphic creations are truly yours.

Creative types will enjoy projects that incorporate computer-based imaging, two-dimensional and three-dimensional design, and photography. Different college programs offer different concentrations, such as animation, interactive multimedia, or construction graphics, which can lead computer graphics majors in any number of directions. You might use your skills to pursue engineering or architecture, develop Web technologies, produce spectacular CD-ROMs, or become a specialist in computer-aided design (CAD). Whatever your job, you’ll use your background in both computers and art to create computer graphics that entertain, persuade, assist, and inform your intended audience.

SAMPLE CURRICULUM

  • Color Photography

  • Computer Graphics

  • Computer Programming

  • Digital Photography

  • Fundamentals of Drawing

  • Mathematics

  • Multimedia Authoring

  • Three-Dimensional Design

  • Two-Dimensional Design

  • Web Development

  • Web Page Design

  • Windows-Based Application Development


HIGH SCHOOl PREPARATION

Since many computer graphics programs are tied to math, computer, and art departments, getting a strong foundation in upper-level math courses (like calculus) and computer courses is essential. Art courses would strengthen your abilities in original thought, visual harmony, and effective design. Since much of computer graphics is about communication, you should also polish your reading and writing skills in English and language courses. The best preparation of all may actually be the work you do on your own—experimenting with your own computer, drawing, and creating up a storm.