Minor in DPA

The undergraduate minor in Digital Production Arts is designed so that students receive significant training across the artistic and technical disciplines that underlie computer animation, visual effects, computer games, graphics and animation production that incorporates the industry-standard application Maya. The Minor also features 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.

In order to declare an undergraduate minor in DPA, you must first discuss it with your advisor. The Course Sequences: Layout by Major section below lists the courses you will need to take depending on which group you fall under. If any of the courses in the minor require a prerequisite, you will need to contact the professor directly in order to see if you can sign up for the course without satisfying the prerequisite, if you are declaring the minor. You can locate the Declaration of Minor form here.

For questions regarding to the DPA Minor, please contact the School of Computing undergraduate advisor Chris Plaue.

COURSE SEQUENCES: Layout by Major

Locate the group your undergraduate major falls under and see the 5 classes you will be required to take to complete the DPA minor. Scroll down on page to see course titles and descriptions. To declare a minor in DPA, please discuss it with your academic advisor.

Group I (Art or Architecture majors)

  • DPA 3070
  • DPA 4000
  • DPA 4010
  • and TWO of CPSC 4040, CPSC 4050, or CPSC 4160, PKSC 2200, 3200, THEA 2880, THEA 4870, and THEA 4970

Group II (Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Computer Information Systems majors)

  • DPA 3070
  • DPA 4020
  • DPA 4030
  • and TWO of ART 2050, ART 2130, ART 4210, GC 3400, PKSC 2200, PKSC 3200, THEA 2880, THEA 4870, and THEA 4970

Group III (all other majors)

  • DPA 3070
  • DPA 4000
  • DPA 4010
  • DPA 4020
  • and ONE of CPSC 4040, CPSC 4050, CPSC 4160, PKSC 2200


CORE / FOUNDATIONS / ELECTIVES

Core

DPA 3070 3D Modeling and Animation: Exposes students to current studio practice in the development of 3-D computer graphics and animation for film, electronic games, and visualization. Topics include modeling, rigging, animation, texturing, lighting, rendering, compositing and editing. Open source tools are used so methods are transportable to most computing environments. Coreq: DPA 3071.

Technical Foundations

DPA 4000 Technical Foundations of Digital Production I: The technical, conceptual, and algorithmic foundations of computer graphics. Covers the Unix operating system, scripting, C programming, and an interactive graphics API. Not open to Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Computer Information Systems majors.
DPA 4010 Technical Foundations of Digital Production II: The mathematical and algorithmic foundations of computer graphics. Covers spatial data structures, object oriented programming in C++, mathematics for graphics, and 3-D graphics API. Prerequisite(s): DPA 4000. Not open to Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Computer Information Systems majors.

Artistic Foundations

DPA 4020 Visual Foundations of Digital Production I: Presents the visual foundations underlying computer graphics production. Covers perspective, observational drawing, color and value, principles of composition and design, and storyboarding. Incorporates the studio method, involves students in hands-on work and the critique process, and stresses examples from the history of art, animation and film. Not open to Architecture or Visual Arts majors.
DPA 4030 Visual Foundations of Digital Production II: Extends the foundational visual principles underlying computer graphics production begun in DPA 4020. Stresses representation of the figure in drawing and the use of cameras. Incorporates the studio method and the critique process, and stresses examples from the history of art, animation and film. Prerequisite(s): DPA 4020. Not open to Architecture or Visual Arts majors.

Technical Electives

CPSC 4040 Computer Graphics Images: Presents the theory and practice behind the generation and manipulation of two-dimensional digital images within a computer graphics context. Image representation and storage, sampling and reconstruction, color systems, affine and general warps, enhancement and morphology, compositing, morphing, and non-photorealistic transformations. Students are expected to have completed coursework in data structures and linear algebra. Prerequisite(s): CPSC 2120 and MTHS 3110; or DPA 4010.
CPSC 4050 Computer Graphics: Computational, mathematical, physical and perceptual principles underlying the production of effective three-dimensional computer graphics imagery. Prerequisite(s): CPSC 2120 and MTHS 3110; or DPA 4010.
CPSC 4160 2-D Game Engine Construction: Introduction to tools and techniques necessary to build 2-D games. Techniques draw from subject areas such as software engineering, algorithms, and artificial intelligence. Students employ techniques such as sprite animation, parallax scrolling, sound, AI incorporated into game sprites, and the construction of a game shell. Prerequisite(s): CPSC 2120 and 2150, each with a C or better.
PKSC 2200 Product/Package Design and Prototyping: Overview of structural and graphic development tools for product and packaging design. Focus on digital creation, photo rendering, wide-format plotting/proofing, rapid prototyping, visualization and real-time 2d/3d design. Course utilizes online lectures and hands-on laboratory experience at The Sonoco Institute. Prerequisite(s): PKSC 1020. Coreq: PKSC 2201.
PKSC 3200 Packaging Design Theory: Study of human factors psychology as it relates to product and package development. Lecture topics center on advanced color theory, space, shape, texture, pattern, typography, branding, marketing, consumer studies, ergonomics, sustainability and applied packaging. Laboratory focuses on developing retail packaging through applying course theory, group development and peer critique. Prerequisite(s): PKSC 2200. Coreq: PKSC 3201.
THEA 2880 Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting: Introduction to the basics of computer-aided drafting. Software applications include AutoCAD, Vectorworks, and WYSWYG. Coreq: THEA 2881.
THEA 4870 Stage Lighting I: Theory and practice of stage lighting through an understanding of various lighting instruments, lighting control systems, and execution of lighting designs. Coreq: THEA 4871, 6871.
THEA 4970 Scene Painting: Practical study of basic painting techniques for the theatre including layout, proper use of materials, painting styles, and texturing techniques. Coreq: THEA 4971, 6971.

Artistic Electives

ART 2050 Beginning Life Drawing: Primary emphasis is on drawing from the live model. Students drawing skills and fundamental understanding of the structure and form of the human figure are reviewed through studio practice, augmented by lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and critiques. Addresses historical and contemporary use of the human figure in visual arts. Prerequisite(s): ART 1060 or ART 1510 or ART 1520.
ART 2130 Beginning Photography: Introduction to the use of photography as an art medium. Lectures and studio work cover the utilization of the camera, processing, and printing in black and white, with emphasis on perception and creative expression. Prerequisite(s): ART 1510 and ART 1520 and ART 1530 and ART 1540 and ART 2050 (Visual Arts majors); ART 1030 (non-Art majors); ARCH 1520 (Architecture majors); LARC 1520 (Landscape Architecture majors).
ART 4210 2D Digital Animation: Exposes students to the principles of animation with traditional techniques, while incorporating the latest 2-D digital tools. Students also develop interactive animations and showcase their work via the Internet. Prerequisite(s): ART 3210.
GC 3400 Digital Imaging and eMedia Course centers around digital camera capture and control, and provides students with experience, techniques and processing options for creating interactive, integrated eMedia. Coursework includes commercial photography, color profiling, digital asset management, personalized cross-media campaigns, Web design and podcasts. Prerequisite(s): GC 1020 and GC 1040. Coreq: GC 3401.
PKSC 2200 Product/Package Design and Prototyping: Overview of structural and graphic development tools for product and packaging design. Focus on digital creation, photo rendering, wide-format plotting/proofing, rapid prototyping, visualization and real-time 2d/3d design. Course utilizes online lectures and hands-on laboratory experience at The Sonoco Institute. Prerequisite(s): PKSC 1020. Coreq: PKSC 2201.
PKSC 3200 Packaging Design Theory: Study of human factors psychology as it relates to product and package development. Lecture topics center on advanced color theory, space, shape, texture, pattern, typography, branding, marketing, consumer studies, ergonomics, sustainability and applied packaging. Laboratory focuses on developing retail packaging through applying course theory, group development and peer critique. Prerequisite(s): PKSC 2200. Coreq: PKSC 3201.
THEA 2880 Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting: Introduction to the basics of computer-aided drafting. Software applications include AutoCAD, Vectorworks, and WYSWYG. Coreq: THEA 2881.
THEA 4870 Stage Lighting I: Theory and practice of stage lighting through an understanding of various lighting instruments, lighting control systems, and execution of lighting designs. Coreq: THEA 4871, 6871.
THEA 4970 Scene Painting: Practical study of basic painting techniques for the theatre including layout, proper use of materials, painting styles, and texturing techniques. Coreq: THEA 4971, 6971.


WORK SAMPLES

Here are student work samples from some of the courses in the DPA Minor. You can also watch the videos on our Vimeo channel.


 

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