3D Computer Graphics and Modeling

Use professional software and techniques to create 3D models of buildings, vehicles, products, characters, and more. By the end of this minor, you will have a portfolio of work commensurate with the needs of 3D industries.

Learn about:
Image
Skills
  • 3D modeling
  • Animation
  • Surfacing
  • Special effects
Careers
  • Technical artist
  • Animator
  • Character artist
  • 3D visualization artist
  • 3D modeler

Requirements

  • All minors at USC need 16 units that only meet minor requirements and do not meet any other major, minor, or GE requirement.
  • All courses completed for your minor or specialization must be completed for a letter grade.
  • You must earn a 2.0 minimum cumulative GPA in the courses completed for your minor or specialization.

Minor (16 units)
Core requirement (2 units):
  • ITP-215 “Introduction to 3D Modeling, Animation, and Visual Effects” (2 units)
Electives (14 units):

At least 12 units from:

  • ITP-305 “Intermediate 3D Modeling and Procedural Asset Pipelines” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-215]
  • ITP-308 “Computer-Aided Design for Bio-Mechanical Systems” (3 units)
  • ITP-315 “3D Character Rigging and Animation” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-215]
  • ITP-360 “Advanced Visual Effects and Compositing” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-215]
  • ITP-415 “3D Design and Prototyping” (2 units) [prerequisite: ITP-215]

Additional electives may come from:

  • ARCH-207 “Computer Applications in Architecture” (2 units)
  • CSCI-420 “Computer Graphics” (4 units) [prerequisites: CSCI-104 and MATH-225]
  • DES-213 “Digital Tools in 3D Design” (2 units) [prerequisite: DES-102]
  • DES-230 “3D Design: Materials and Tools” (4 units) [prerequisite: DES-102 or ACAD-176]
  • ITP-190 “Tools for Digital Graphics” (2 units)
  • ITP-211 “Power-Tools for Visual Communication” (2 units)
  • ITP-470 “Information Technology Practicum” (*1-4 units)
  • ITP-480 “Information Technology Internship” (*1-4 units)
  • THTR-407a “Drawing and Rendering for the Theatre” (2 units)
  • THTR-409 “Advanced Drafting: Vectorworks” (3 units) [prerequisites: THTR-130 and THTR-132ab]
Substitutions:

The following courses are also pre-approved electives for the minor. If you enroll in one of the following courses, please email our academic advisors so that they can update your STARS report. Substitution courses are not automatically applied to your minor requirements, so you will need to ask our academic advisors to make the change for you.

  • ITP-499 “Video Game Production” (2 units) 

Specialization (10 units)
Core requirement (2 units):
  • ITP-215 “Introduction to 3D Modeling, Animation, and Visual Effects” (2 units)
Electives (8 units):
  • ITP-305 “Intermediate 3D Modeling and Procedural Asset Pipelines” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-215]
  • ITP-308 “Computer-Aided Design for Bio-Mechanical Systems” (3 units)
  • ITP-315 “3D Character Rigging and Animation” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-215]
  • ITP-360 “Advanced Visual Effects and Compositing” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-215]
  • ITP-415 “3D Design and Prototyping” (2 units) [prerequisite: ITP-215]

Course Plan

Use the chart below to plan your course schedule to complete your minor. Pay careful attention to prerequisites. Make sure you consult with your major advisor about how best to incorporate the requirements for your minor with your major and general education requirements.

Please contact our academic advisors with questions about course sequencing, departmental clearance and course substitutions.

-Frank Pol, Computer Science "My appreciation for the education in 3D graphics and software I received at USC has only deepened as I start working on more projects outside of school. My passion is computer graphics, but regardless of major, being able to express ideas in a 3D space is an invaluable skill." -Frank Pol, Computer Science Class of 2020 What our students and alumni say
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