Degrees Offered: B. A. Visual Communications Design, B. S. Computer Graphics Technology, Computer Science with Computer Graphics and Visualization Track; M. S. Computer Graphics Technology, Computer Science
Tuition Information: Undergraduate and residents $8,592, nonresidents $26,144 for the 2010 – 2011 school year
475 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Scope of Program:
Purdue University offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in Computer Graphics Technology and Computer Science as well as a bachelor's degree in Visual Communications Design. Computer Graphics Technology undergraduates take courses in calculus, sketching and design for visual and communication, geometry and modeling and computer graphics technology, then apply to the major. Following acceptance, they focus on raster and vector imaging, virtual product integration, computer animation, web page design or construction graphics and professional practices. Co-op opportunities are available.
Computer Science majors may select the Computer Graphics and Visualization Track. Students who opt for this track take core courses in computer architecture, systems programming, data structures and algorithms and computer graphics, along with specialized courses in artificial intelligence, advanced 3D computer graphics, gaming and operating systems. A capstone project is optional.
Visual Communications Design students begin their studies with foundation courses in design history, art history and graphic design. They must pass a portfolio review during the second semester of their sophomore year. Upper division courses include interactive multimedia design, web design, professional practices and studio courses. Students create a senior portfolio and presentation.
Master's degree candidates in Computer Graphics Technology may choose the thesis option or directed project option. All students concentrate on human-computer interface design, research analysis and graphics in development, as well as pre-production and special effects for animation, production and post-production, e-commerce and digital lighting and rendering. All students must pass oral examinations. Computer Science students may select the thesis or non-thesis option and specialize in Computer Graphics and Visualization. Coursework includes interactive computer graphics, computational geometry and scientific visualization.
Merit and need-based scholarships are available. Indiana residents are encouraged to apply for state scholarships and the Purdue Promise and Marquis Scholarships. Graduate assistantships and fellowships are also available. Computer Graphics Technology students may opt for the combined B. S./M. S. degree program, which allows completion of both programs in five years.