What Coursework is Included in a Typical Motion Technology Program? ACR Takes a Look.
|Advanced Graphics Development|
|Computer Graphics Development|
|Data Structures in C++|
|Linear Algebra with Applications|
|Principles for Digital Environments|
|Production Pipeline Techniques|
|Real-Time Graphics Techniques|
|Theory and Perception of Color|
What is Motion Technology?
A good example of a top motion technology program is the DePaul University's BS and MS programs, which focus on the technical and visual foundations for the design and software development of computer graphics and motion technology. The programs prepare students for technical careers in the graphics industry ranging from entertainment (including animation, film, games, etc.) to data visualization for science and medicine. The undergraduate program offers a developer concentration, which prepares students for careers in graphics software development.
What are the Types of Courses for Motion Technology Programs?
Motion technology students can expect to take courses such as:
- Advanced Graphics Development
- Advanced Rendering Techniques
- Computer Animation
- Computer Graphics Development
- Data Structures in C++
- Design and Analysis of Algorithms
- Discrete Mathematics
- Linear Algebra with Applications
- Principles for Digital Environments
- Production Pipeline Techniques
- Programming C++
- Real-Time Graphics Techniques
- Technical Writing
- Theory and Perception of Color
Most motion technology programs offer a range of electives, providing the opportunity for students to create a focus area. Examples include:
- 3D Character Animation
- Motion Capture
- Rigging for Animation
- Smooth Surface Modeling for Graphics and Animation
- Advanced Scripting for Interactive Media
- Artificial Intelligence in Computer Games
- Computer Games
- Interactive Media Scripting for Programmers
- Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction
Photography & Design
- Advanced Digital Photography
- Beginning Photography
- Design Geometry
- History of Design
- Data Analysis
- User-Centered Web Design
- User Interface Development
During the last year of a typical motion technology program, students will complete a final project that demonstrates his/her creative, technical, and mathematical skills. In addition, students have the option to complete an internship. The internship offers students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field and make valuable contacts in the industry.
What Can I Do With a Degree in Motion Technology?
Motion technology programs prepare students for technical careers in the graphics industry ranging from entertainment to data visualization for science and medicine, and graphics software development. Graduates are prepared to seek positions in the game, film and animation industries, scientific and aerospace visualization, advertising, television, and more.
Possible jobs include animator, web content animator, web content developer, game designer or developer, medical visualization specialist, commercial producer, scientific and aerospace visualization specialist, consultant, creative director, graphic designer, graphics software developer, visual effects artist, software developer, technology producer, technical animator, and technical director.