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” (4 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]

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” (4 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 adviser about how best to incorporate the requirements for your minor with your major and general education requirements.

Please contact our advisement team with questions about course sequencing, departmental clearance and course substitutions.


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