MS-Viz Curriculum

The curriculum is divided into prerequisite courses (to be taken as directed on admission; no credit awarded towards the degree), one required core course (3 credits), four selected core courses (16 credits), electives (21 credits) and thesis research (8 credits) for a total of 48 credits.

Required Core Course

CARC 601 Foundations of Research in Planning and Design

 

Selected Core Courses

(choose one)

VIZA 613 3D Modeling and Animation
VIZA 657 Computer Aided Sculpting

 

(choose three)

VIZA 622 Design Communication I
VIZA 643 Time Based Media I
VIZA 654 The Digital Image
VIZA 656 Image Synthesis

 

Electives

Electives are any courses approved by your advisor or committee, which are not prerequisite or required core courses.  Additional selected core courses may be taken as electives.

 

Prerequisite Courses (taken as directed)

VIST 270, 271 Computing for Visualization I and II
ARTS 200-400 Assigned 200-400 level ARTS courses

 

Because the field of visualization is multidisciplinary, it is not unusual for admitted students to lack some of the necessary background to go directly into all of the required core courses.  Prerequisite courses are offered as a route into the core curriculum courses for which the student lacks necessary preparation.  These prerequisite courses are to be taken as directed in the student’s admission letter and must be completed with a grade of “B” or better during the first year.  Prerequisite courses may not be taken for credit toward the degree.  Students with deficiencies not addressed by the prerequisite courses will not be admitted into the program.

Advisors

The student will be assigned an academic advisor upon admission to the program.  The advisor will provide initial direction to the student and help with the choice of courses during the first year of study.  During the first year, the advisor will help the student locate a faculty member who has expertise in the student’s chosen focus area to chair the student’s advisory committee.  The student and the committee chair will locate two or more graduate faculty members to join the committee.  The role of the advisory committee is to provide guidance, advice and critical judgment for the student in matters pertaining to degree planning, research methods, and thesis work.

 

Thesis

The research thesis is the culminating activity of the Master of Science curriculum. It allows and requires that the student pursue a focus topic in significant depth.  The student’s research must be documented in a written thesis and presented at a public defense.  The thesis research is done under the guidance of the student’s advisory committee.  This committee is composed of a committee chair and at least two additional graduate faculty members.  The chair and one of the members must be selected from the Visualization faculty. The third member must be from outside the Visualization faculty.

 

Thesis research in the Visualization Sciences program spans a very wide range of possible topics.  Past thesis research (2002-present) can be found at the  thesis archive  by searching for the discipline "visualization".

 

Departmental Requirements for MS Degree

 

Suggested Course Schedules

The following are suggested course schedules that allow students to complete the program in two or two and one-half years.  For course details, see the graduate course catalog.

For students with full preparation

YEAR 1
YEAR 2

 

Fall
(VIZA 613, 3D Modeling and Animation OR
VIZA 657, Computer Aided Sculpting)
VIZA 622, Design Communication I
VIZA 654, The Digital Image

 

Fall
Elective
Elective
Elective

 

Spring
VIZA 643, Time Based Media I
VIZA 656, Image Synthesis
CARC 601, Foundations of Research

 

Spring
Elective
Elective
Thesis (3)

 

Summer
Optional Internship

 

Summer
Thesis (5)

 

For students with appropriate preparation in Art and Design, but limited Math and Computer Science preparation

YEAR I YEAR 2 YEAR 3

Fall:
(VIZA 613, 3D Modeling and Animation OR
VIZA 657, Computer Aided Sculpting)
VIZA 622, Design Communication I
VIST 270, Computing for Visualization I

Fall:
Elective
VIZA 654, The Digital Image
Elective
Fall:
Elective
Thesis (5)
Spring:
VIZA 643, Time Based Media I
VIST 271, Computing for Visualization II
CARC 601, Found. of Research

Spring:
Elective
Elective
Elective
 
Summer:
Optional Internship

Summer:
Thesis (3)
 

 

For students with appropriate Math and Computer Science preparation,  but limited Art and Design preparation

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

 
Fall
Any 300- or 400-level ARTS course
(VIZA 613, 3D Modeling and Animation OR
VIZA 657, Computer Aided Sculpting)
VIZA 654, The Digital Image
 
Fall
Elective
(VIZA 622, Design Comm. I OR
VIZA 643, Time Based Media I)
Elective
 
Fall
Elective
Thesis (5)
 
Spring
VIST 465, Art, Culture & Time Based Media
VIZA 656, Image Synthesis
CARC 601, Found. of Research
 
Spring
Elective
Elective
Elective
 
 
Summer
Optional Internship
 
Summer
Thesis (3)