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Catalog 2023-2024 
Catalog 2023-2024

Computer Graphics and Visualization Associate of Science Degree

Location(s): In Person and Online

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Program Overview

Major ID: 255S

Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring, Summer

This program prepares 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.

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.

The student should be creative and have excellent communication skills. Students should exhibit qualities of patience, and preciseness, and should enjoy working independently and on team projects.

Career Opportunities

The computer graphics field relates to many jobs in the multimedia area including but not limited to:

  • Web Designer
  • Computer Animator
  • Computer Game Designer and Developer
  • Multimedia Developer

Program Outcomes

  1. Graduates will design multiple visual graphic projects using industry standard software in both print and web formats.
  2. Graduates will develop multiple websites using various HTML tools for both standard and mobile platforms.
  3. Graduates will demonstrate fundamental animation techniques in both 2D and 3D environments.

Transfer Opportunities

Saint Paul College has transfer agreements & partnerships between many post-secondary institutions. For more information please go to

Program Faculty

Darren Pearson

Recommended Equipment

Digital Camera, USB Drive, Adobe Software

Estimated Book Cost

$50 - $75 per class

Program Requirements

Technical Electives: 6 Credits

Any 6 credits in DGIM or CSCI

Subtotal: 30 Credits

General Education/MnTC Requirements

Students must select courses from at least six (6) different Goal Areas of the MnTC.

Refer to the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) Course List  for each Goal Area

  • Goal 1: Communication 7 Credits

    ENGL 1711 - Composition 1  4 Credits
    COMM 17XX 3 Credits
  • Goal 4: Mathematical/Logical Reasoning 3 Credits
  • Goal 5: History, Social Science and Behavioral Sciences 4 Credits
  • Goal 6: Humanities and Fine Arts 7 Credits

    ARTS 1713 - Photography 1  3 Credits (recommended)
  • Goals 1-10 of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum 9 Credits
    Select a minimum of 9 additional credits

General Education Requirements: 30 Credits

Course Sequence

The following sequence is recommended for a full-time student; however, this sequence is not required.

First Semester

Total Semester Credits: 17

Second Semester

Total Semester Credits: 15

Third Semester

Total Semester Credits: 13

Fourth Semester

Total Semester Credits: 15

Total Program Credits: 60

Information is subject to change. This Program Requirements Guide is not a contract.

Minimum Program Entry Requirements
Students entering this program must meet the following minimum program entry requirements:

Reading: Score of 250+ or grade of “C” or better in READ 0722  or READ 0724  or EAPP 0900  

Writing: Score of 250+ on Reading Comprehension or grade of “C” or better in ENGL 0922  or EAPP 0900  

Quant. Reasoning, Algebra & Stats: Score of 270+ or Adv. Algebra & Functions: Score of 250+ or grade of “C” or better in MATH 0920  

Assessment Results and Prerequisites: Students admitted into Saint Paul College programs may need to complete additional courses based on assessment results and course prerequisite requirements. Certain MATH, READ, and ENGL courses have additional prerequisites.

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