The advent of high technology information, imaging, and media systems has fostered a modern renaissance in visualization. During the European Renaissance, many of the period’s great painters were not only artists, but also scientists, architects, and engineers.
Today’s visualizers need skills spanning these older disciplines as well as several new ones, such as computer science, video technology, and psychology. In
fact, the range of skills is so broad that no one person can truly master them all, and the solitary genius has been replaced by the collaborative team. Strong participants on such teams have both expertise in a specialty area and the broad background necessary for effective collaboration with other team members.
The Texas A&M University Visualization Laboratory was established in 1988. The academic program started one year later. The Visualization Laboratory and Visualization academic program were created in response to clear indications that digital visualization was going to play a highly important role in digital communication. The visualization academic programs produce leaders in the fields where art and science merge.
An 18 credit hour Minor in Art provides a broad orientation to the visual arts offered by the Department of Visualization to NON-VISUALIZATION majors. Based on the student’s interests, an emphasis in either traditional or new media may be selected.
The Minor in Game Design and Development offers students the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills associated with the aesthetic and technical aspects of game creation. The minor consists of 16 credit hours, 10 credit hours are required courses and six are from a prescribed menu of courses.
The Bachelor of Science in Visualization is designed to prepare students for a range of careers in visualization. The program helps students develop the focused expertise and broad foundation knowledge needed in the burgeoning field of digital and electronic visualization. The program is structured to develop the student’s artistic, scientific and technical abilities and to provide a specialized skill set for creating visual experiences based on a synthesis of interdisciplinary knowledge.
The Master of Science in Visualization is designed to prepare students for a range of long-term careers in visualization. The program helps students develop the focused expertise and broad foundation knowledge needed in this rapidly developing field. The program’s core curriculum is designed to give all students a basic grasp of the artistic, scientific, cognitive, and technical foundations of the discipline. Beyond this broad training, the program requires students to develop a strong focus area of advanced expertise, and to complete a research thesis in this focus area.
The Master of Fine Arts in Visualization is a technology infused visual arts oriented degree that complements the existing Master of Science in Visualization by expanding post-graduate opportunities to include university level faculty positions, self employment as a contemporary artist, and art direction in digital media. Students master the use of artistic visual communication and expression through the combined use of digital and analog mediums. The curriculum is highly interdisciplinary and encourages development of new technologies and creative applications to create deeper insight and understanding. Graduates are equipped with an uncommon balance of artistic insight and technical prowess that sets them apart from their peers. The MFA-V is unique in the State of Texas, and one of only a handful of programs of this kind in the United States.
The Ph.D. in Architecture, with a concentration in visualization, focuses primarily on research and the development and dissemination of new knowledge. The doctoral program aims to create new knowledge and advance the state of the art in specific fields, including visualization, and to prepare students for careers in research and teaching.
Visualization Degree inquiries should be directed to:
Terry Larsen, Professor
Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Dr. Ann McNamara, Professor
Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Visualization
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas 77843-3137