Technical Game Art

Use professional software and techniques to learn the core principles of 3D production, including character modeling, rigging, and animation. This minor prepares students for a professional career in the field of 3D games and cinematics.

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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 requirements (14 units):
  • ITP-215 “Introduction to 3D Modeling, Animation, and Visual Effects” (2 units)
  • ITP-351 “3D Character Modeling for Games” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-215]
  • ITP-361 “Character Rigging for Games" (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-215]
  • ITP-371 “Technical Character Animation for Games” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-215]
Electives (2 units):
  • ITP-115 "Programming in Python" (2 units)
  • ITP-116 "Accelerated Programming in Python" (2 units)
  • CTAN-452 "Introduction to 3-D Computer Animation (2 units)
  • CTAN-462 "Visual Effects" (2 units)
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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 requirements (2 units):
  • ITP-215 “Introduction to 3D Modeling, Animation, and Visual Effects” (2 units)
Choose Two of the Following (8 units):
  • ITP-351 “3D Character Modeling for Games” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-215]
  • ITP-361 “Character Rigging for Games" (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-215]
  • ITP-371 “Technical Character Animation for Games” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-215]
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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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