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Computer Graphics and Visualization

Computer Graphics and Visualization Associate in Science Degree
Visualization Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree
Visualization Technology Certificate

Program Overview

​Visualization is the technique of creating images, diagrams or animations to communicate messages. Visual imagery has been an effective way to communicate both abstract and concrete ideas for centuries. 

The programs in the Digital Graphics and Interactive Multimedia department at Saint Paul College prepare students for jobs in the exciting computer graphics and animation field. Students will learn how to take an idea from concept through production including computer graphics, computer animation, sound and video. 

Students interested in this field of study have a number of academic options available to them:

Computer Graphics and Visualization AS Degree is designed to provide students with the opportunity to transfer to a 4-year baccalaureate program. The 60-credit program contains a balance of general education courses and graphics courses.

Visualization Technology AAS Degree is designed as a career program. This 60-credit program will provide you with the ability to focus on one of two area of graphics – Web Design or Animation.

Visualization Technology Certificate provides students with a series of entry level courses that provide students the opportunity to gain some experience with software used for computer graphics. The certificate program is often a great addition to a marketing degree.

Program Delivery Methods
Online, hybrid, traditional in-class courses and hands-on training in state-of-the-art labs on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN​

What You'll Learn

​Depending on the program in which you enroll, you will learn varying levels of skills related to the following areas: 

  • ​How to take an idea from concept through production including computer graphics, computer animation, sound and video. 
  • Computer logic and programming 
  • Web design and computer animation 
  • How to create and edit digital sound for use in computer animation 
  • Video production techniques including pre-production, production and post-production with focus on creating digital video 
  • Computer graphics as a technical and creative medium 
  • 2-D and 3-D graphic development and manipulation 
  • Basic graphic programming, hardware, software applications, electronic storyboarding, electronic color theory, vector and raster graphics, electronic illustration, file types and formats, digital imaging and digital printing​

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Program Details

  • Program Requirements

    Program Requirements Guides
    View the Program Requirement Guide to learn about Minimum Program Entry Requirements, Recommended Course Sequence and Program Outcomes:

    General Education/MnTC Requirements
    The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) is the general education curriculum for the Minnesota State system. Choose MnTC courses according to the requirements listed on your Program Requirements Guide. Refer to the MnTC course list for each Goal Area:

    Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) list.pdf

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    ​Recommended Equipment
    Digital Camera, USB Drive, Adobe Software 

    Estimated Book Costs: $50 - $75 per class​​

  • Career Settings

    ​Computer Graphics Specialists can work in a wide variety of creative jobs including web design, film and animation production, CD-ROM production and any organization that can benefit from these special talents. With more and more animation moving to the desktop, the computer graphics specialist is becoming a high demand career. 

    • ​Web Designer 
    • Computer Animator 
    • Computer Game Designer and Developer 
    • Multimedia Developer​
  • Transfer Pathways

    Saint Paul College has transfer articulation agreements between the following programs and post-secondary institutions for the baccalaureate degree programs listed below. For more information please contact a transfer specialist or go to ​www.saintpaul.edu/Transfer.​​

    Computer Graphics and Visualization AS​

    • BS Information Technology, Saint Mary's University-Twin Cities Campus 
    • BA Technical Communication and Professional Writing, Metropolitan State University​

    Visualization Technology AAS​

    • ​BS Operations Management, Minnesota State University-Moorhead
    • BS Marketing, Saint Mary’s University-Twin Cities Campus
    • BS Information Technology, Saint Mary’s University-Twin Cities Campus
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