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Computer graphics programs prepare people to use computers to create 3-D technology, animation, and other special effects in films, games, and the Internet.

Computer graphics programs include topics such as:


Many community colleges and two-year schools offer associate degree programs in computer graphics. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in computer graphics. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Several universities offer graduate degrees in computer graphics. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

For this program, schools recommend that you know how to use a computer and the Internet.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree in computer science or a similar field, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate programs that lead to a master's or doctoral degree typically include:

Things to Know

Computer graphics is not the same as graphic design. Graphic design programs are usually part of art departments and train students to create images used in print, advertising, and packaging. Computer graphics programs train students in the technology to make computer-generated images for movies, gaming, and animation. These programs are in computer science departments.


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