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School of Computing

Minor in Digital Production Arts

The School of Computing is excited to announce the initiation of a new undergraduate minor in Digital Production Arts. It is designed so that students receive significant training across the artistic and technical disciplines that underlie computer animation, visual effects, and computer games. The Minor's core is a new course in studio methods for 3D graphics and animation that will be centered on the open-source Blender system. The Minor also features new two-semester course sequences that teach computer scientists and engineers relevant foundation concepts in art, and that teach artists and architects relevant foundation concepts in computer science and mathematics. Students in other majors complete a subset of these courses. The DPA Minor has been officially offered since the Fall of 2011.

The Minor in Digital Production Arts assists the student to develop the entry-level artistic and technical expertise necessary for effective production of 3D computer graphics and animation. The Minor is especially well suited for students wishing to pursue graduate study in Digital Production Arts.

The Minor augments a core course in 3D modeling and animation, by technical and artistic tracks complementary to the student's major course of study. Click here to see course descriptions.

Minor Chart

Layout by Major:

Group I
(for Art or Architecture majors)    DPA 3070    DPA 4000
DPA 4010    and two of CPSC 4040, 4050, or 4160, PKSC 2200, 3200, THEA 2880, 4870, and 4970   
Group II
(for Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Computer Information Systems majors)    DPA 3070    DPA 4020
DPA 4030    and two of ART 2050, 2130, 4210, GC 340, PKSC 2200, 3200, THEA 2880, 4870, and 4970   
Group III
(for all other majors)    DPA 3070    DPA 4000
DPA 4010
DPA 4020    and one of CPSC 4040, 4050, 4160, PKSC 2200   

Work samples from some of the courses in the DPA Minor:

DPA3070     DPA4030     DPA4010    
DPA 3070: Studio Methods for Digital Production    DPA 4030: Visual Foundations for Digital Production II    DPA 4010: Technical Foundations for Digital Production II   
DPA4020     ART4210     CPSC4040    
DPA 4020: Visual Foundations for Digital Production I    ART 4210: Two-Dimensional Digital Animation    CPSC 4040: Computer Graphics Images   

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