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Applied Computer Graphics

Who Majors in Applied Computer Graphics?

Do you want to make video games or animations? Do you want to be a digital animator, video game designer, 3-D modeler, texture artist, concept artist, special effects artist, graphic artist, storyboard artist, game programmer, or other graphics expert? Do you want to make the most of your creativity? If so, Applied Computer Graphics can help you build on your desires. Applied Computer Graphics is the synergy of art and technology, and affords you an opportunity to put your imagination to work in this realm of collaborative teams creating multimedia experiences.

What Can I Do with an Applied Computer Graphics Degree?

Applied Computer Graphics combines art and technology as a means of expressing creative minds. Our students design rich multimedia environments that communicate, inform, and entertain. The ubiquitous nature of multimedia in our world provides a growing variety of career destinations. Our diverse student population enters careers in video game, film, television, commercials, web, business, science and a host of other enterprises. The need to communicate effectively with multimedia experiences is embedded in all fields of study and work, and reaches everyone's lives. Thus, Applied Computer Graphics provides the avenue for innovative and motivated students to pursue a wide variety of exciting career opportunities.

What About an Applied Computer Graphics Minor/Second Major?

All fields of study or work need or could use rich multimedia environments to communicate, inform, or entertain. The art, technologies and creative nature of Applied Computer Graphics offer innovative career opportunities when combined with domain specific knowledge from another discipline. The Applied Computer Graphics program encourages students to consider minors or second majors to support their career aspirations.

Honors in Applied Computer Graphics

If you perform well in your major courses you may be invited to pursue an individual research project working closely with a faculty member whose area of expertise matches the topic you wish to investigate.

Internship Program

Internships are an invaluable means to gain experience in your field and provide a tremendous opportunity to make connections in industry. By providing practical experience in courses and projects, the Applied Computer Graphics program helps provide the background for internships and encourages students to pursue these opportunities.


Applied Computer Graphics is interdisciplinary by nature, and the faculty reflect this by their diverse academic and artistic backgrounds, complemented by industrial experience. All have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, and engage in professional development.

Academic Activities

Activities in the Applied Computer Graphics Program revolve around its applied nature. Students in the program have opportunities to gain practical experience through on-campus production studios (Chico State Game Studios, IMC Productions, etc.) as well as many student projects through the Computer Graphics Club - the student organization for the major. These experiences aid the student in honing production skills and understanding the production pipeline along with establishing the networking that is critical for careers in the industry.

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