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.

 

 

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)

 

 

 

Electives Available in the Visualization Program

Animation Focus

VIZA 615, Computer Animation (Spring Semester)

VIZA 617, Advanced Animation (Fall and Spring Semesters)

VIZA 618, Facial Modeling and Animation (spring Semester)

Art/Design/Multimedia Focus

VIZA 614, Form/Installation/Environment (Spring Semester)

VIZA 623, Design Communication II (Spring Semester)

VIZA 627, Design Communication III (Summer Semester)

VIZA 641, Visual Storytelling (Fall Semester)

VIZA 644, Time Based Media II (Spring Semester)

VIZA 647, Color Photography (Fall Semester)

Visualization Science Focus

VIZA 616, Rendering and Shading (Spring Semester)

VIZA 659, Physically Based Modeling (Fall Semester)

VIZA 670, Computational Geometry [CPSC 620](offered occasionally)

VIZA 672, Computer Graphics [CPSC 641](Spring Semester)

VIZA 675, Geometric Modeling [CPSC 645](Fall Semester)

Special Topics

VIZA 658, Experimental Visual Techniques (offered occasionally)

VIZA 685, Problems in Visualization (by arrangement)

VIZA 689, Special Topics (offered occasionally)

 

Suggested Electives from Other Programs

Music

MUSC 316, Music and Technology

MUSC 317, Sound Recording

MUSC 318, Electronic Composition

MUSC 402, Music and Sound for Media

Theater

THAR 355, Costume Design

THAR 360, Basic Stage Lighting

THAR 385, Playwriting

Computer Science

CPSC 625, Artificial Intelligence

CPSC 636, Neural Networks

CPSC 643, Robotics Programming (cross listed as VIZA 673)

CPSC 671, Computer-Human Interaction

 

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".