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3D Digital Design BFA

Semester Requirements

Marla Schweppe, Program Chair
(585) 475-2754, mkspph@rit.edu

http://cias.rit.edu/design/

Program overview

Students in the 3D digital design major will learn to use 3D computer graphics in computer and video games, medical and scientific simulations, data visualization, models for architects and engineers, motion or broadcast graphics, instructional media accident reconstruction, and more. Traditional design skills using commercial 3D software are integrated with principles relating to time, motion, and lighting.

Curriculum

3D digital design, BS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
DDDD-101 Introduction to Modeling and Motion 3
FDTN-131 3D Design I 3
FDTN-141 4D Design 3
ARTH-135 LAS Perspective 1: Survey of Western Art and Architecture I 3
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
DDDD-102 Introduction to Visual Design 3
FDTN-132 3D Design II 3
DDDD-103 Imaging For 3D 3
ARTH-136 LAS Perspective 2: Survey of Western Art and Architecture II 3
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
DDDD-201 Modeling Strategies 3
DDDD-202 Layers and Effects 3
FDTN-121 2D Design 1 3
DDDD-203 Scripting 3
  LAS Perspective 3, 4 6
DDDD-206 Service Project 3
DDDD-207 Lighting, Materials, and Rendering 3
DDDD-208 Anatomical Figure Drawing 3
  Programming Elective 3
Third Year
DDDD-301 Professional Practice (WI) 3
  3DDD Major Electives 6
DDDD-302 History of Digital Graphics 3
  Open Electives 6
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
DDDD-306 Project Planning and Production 3
  Art/Design/Crafts/Photo/Film History Elective‡ 3
Fourth Year
DDDD-401 Senior Thesis Testing and Documentation 3
DDDD-402 Senior Thesis I 3
  Open Electives 6
  LAS Immersion 3 3
DDDD-403 Senior Thesis II 3
  3DDD Major Electives 9
  LAS Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 120

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2013-14 academic year.

‡ Art history electives are non-studio courses offered in the colleges of Imaging Arts and Sciences or Liberal Arts that examine the historical aspects of art, design, crafts, photography, or film.

Art history electives

Students are required to select three art history electives to broaden their understanding of the historical development of the arts. Art history electives include:

ARTH-364    Art in Paris
ARTH-366    18th, 19th Century Art
ARTH-368    20th Century Art  1900-1950
ARTH-369    20th Century Art Since 1950
ARTH-373    Art of the Last Decade
ARTH-378    Barogue Painting in Flanders
ARTH-379    Renaissance Painting Flanders
ARTH-392    Theory and Criticisam of 20th Century
ARTH-457    Art and Activism
ARTH-521    The Image
ARTH-541    Art and Architecture of Ancient Rome
ARTH-544    Illuminated Manuscripts
ARTH-550    Topics in Art History
ARTH-554    Late Medieval Art
ARTH-558    The Gothic Revival
ARTH-561    Latin American Art
ARTH-566    Early Medieval Art
ARTH-568    Art and Technical Machine Aesthetic Cyborg Age
ARTH-572    Art of the Americas
ARTH-574    Dada and Surrealism
ARTH-576    Modernism and Realism
ARTH-577    Displaying Gender
ARTH-578    Edvard Munch
ARTH-581    Russian Realist Art
ARTH-582    Medieval Craft
ARTH-583    Installation Art
ARTH-584    Scandinavian Modernism
ARTH-586    Studies in Material Culture
ARTH-587    The Gothic Cathedral
ARTH-588    Symbols and Symbol-Making

 

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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

Students in the 3D digital graphics program will learn to use 3D computer graphics in computer and video games, medical and scientific simulations, data visualization, models for architects and engineers, motion or broadcast graphics, instructional media accident reconstruction, and more. Traditional design skills using commercial 3D software are integrated with principles relating to time, motion, and lighting.

Curriculum

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their academic advisers with questions regarding planning and course selection.

3D digital graphics, BFA degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
2014-221 Introduction to 3D DG Modeling 4
2014-222 Introduction to 3D DG Materials 4
2014-223 Introduction to 3D DG Motion 4
2014-231 Technical Drawing 2
2014-233 Drawing Motion 3
2039-225, 226, 227 Survey of Western Art and Architecture I, II, III 9
2083-206 Imaging for New Media 4
  Liberal Arts* 12
  Open Electives 6-8
1720-050, 052 First-Year Enrichment 2
  Wellness Education† 0
Second Year
2014-363 Digital Video for MM 4
2012-201 Basic Design I 2
2014-343 Flowcharts and Storyboards 2
2019-304 Anatomical Drawing I 3
4003-241 Problem-Based Introduction to CS 4
4003-242 Data Structure Problem Solving 4
  Major Electives‡ 12
  Liberal Arts* 12
Third Year
2014-411 Project Planning 2
2014-432 Senior Thesis Assist 4
2014-463 Introduction to the Production Pipeline 4
  Major Electives‡ 22
  Liberal Arts* 12
  Open Elective 3-4
Fourth Year
2014-511, 512 Senior Thesis I, II 12
2014-513 Portfolio Development 2
  Major Electives‡ 12
2014-xxx History of Computer Graphics 3
  Art History Electives§ 6
  Open Electives 9-12
Total Quarter Credit Hours 180

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

‡ Please refer to the list of major electives offered each quarter.

§ Please refer to the list of art history electives.

Program title change
Effective fall 2013, the BFA program in 3D digital graphics will be renamed 3D digital design. This change will not affect currently matriculated students.

3D digital design, BFA degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
DDDD-101 Introduction to Modeling and Motion 3
FDTN-131 3D Design I 3
FDTN-141 4D Design 3
ARTH-135 LAS Perspective 1: Survey of Western Art and Architecture I 3
  LAS Foundation 1: First-Year Seminar 3
DDDD-102 Introduction to Visual Design 3
FDTN-132 3D Design II 3
DDDD-103 Imaging For 3D 3
ARTH-136 LAS Perspective 2: Survey of Western Art and Architecture II 3
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
DDDD-201 Modeling Strategies 3
DDDD-202 Layers and Effects 3
FDTN-121 2D Design 1 3
DDDD-203 Scripting 3
  LAS Perspective 3, 4 6
DDDD-206 Service Project 3
DDDD-207 Lighting, Materials, and Rendering 3
DDDD-208 Anatomical Figure Drawing 3
  Programming Elective 3
Third Year
DDDD-301 Professional Practice (WI) 3
  3DDD Major Electives 6
DDDD-302 History of Digital Graphics 3
  Open Electives 6
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
DDDD-306 Project Planning and Production 3
  Art/Design/Crafts/Photo/Film History Elective† 3
Fourth Year
DDDD-401 Senior Thesis Testing and Documentation 3
DDDD-402 Senior Thesis I 3
  Open Electives 6
  LAS Immersion 3 3
DDDD-403 Senior Thesis II 3
  3DDD Major Electives 9
  LAS Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 120

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

† Art history electives are non-studio courses offered in the colleges of Imaging Arts and Sciences or Liberal Arts that examine the historical aspects of art, design, crafts, photography, or film.

Art history electives

Students are required to select three art history electives to broaden their understanding of the historical development of the arts. Art history electives include:

2039-300 History of Design
2039-306 Architecture Interior and Furniture Design I
2039-307 Architecture Interior and Furniture Design II
2039-308 Architecture Interior and Furniture Design III
2039-310 History of Crafts
2039-315 Pre-Columbian Art
2039-316 Florence and Rome 1400-1470
2039-317 Florence and Rome 1470-1520
2039-318 Florence and Rome 1520-1590
2039-320 History of Art Criticism
2039-330 Philosophy in Art
2039-340 Symbols and Symbol Making
2039-355 Latin American Art
2039-360 18th and 19th Century Art
2039-368 Scandinavian Modernism
2039-375 20th Century Art Since 1950
2039-376 Renaissance Painting in Flanders
2039-385 Installation Art
2039-390 Native American Art and Culture
2039-395 Theory and Criticism of 20th Century Art
2039-410 The Art of Art History
2039-415 Thinking About Making
2039-425 Public Art/Public Spaces
2039-430 Dada and Surrealism
2039-433 What Is Post Modernism?
2039-435 Art of the Last Decade
2039-438 Body in Art
2039-440 Conceptual Art
2039-443 Art and Technology: From the Machine Aesthetic to the Cyborg Age
2039-452 Art and Activism
2039-459 Art Central Italy 1250-1400
2039-469 Baroque Rome