Computer Graphics Technology (CGT) is a unique program that prepares students for a wide variety of computer graphics-related jobs. Computer graphics training is utilized in nearly every industry in the world, and typical professional titles include: CAD specialist, computer animator, technical illustrator, multimedia developer, web developer, computer game developer, graphic designer, and others. The Associate of Science in computer graphics technology program will prepare students for lifelong opportunities as leaders in their field. The program is constantly adding new technologies to prepare students with current and relevant educational experience in applied computer graphics.
CGT Program Educational Objectives
Consistent with the criteria set by ABET, Inc. the Program Educational Objectives of the CGT program within the Department of Design and Communication Technology (DCT) are “To produce graduates who, during the first few years of professional practice, will…”:
- Show their ability to solve problems related to the workplace through their application of excellent technical capabilities in visual communication, computer systems, and related supporting field
- Be responsible citizens in the workplace through their demonstrated ethical and professional conduct and appreciation for diversity in its various forms
- Continue their professional advancement through life-long learning opportunities, in-service training, and engagement with professional organizations
- Practice effective oral and written communication skills
- Show their ability to address diverse environmental, ethical, legal, cultural diversity, and contemporary social aspects of their work
- Work collaboratively and effectively in diverse enterprises where they may be asked to act as a liaison between their company and the client
- Have the ability to function both as an individual, and within the dynamics of a group environment, in the workplace
CGT Program Learning Objectives
PUL 1 - Core Communication and Quantitative Skills
Definition: The ability of students to express and interpret information, perform quantitative analysis, and use information resources and technology--the foundational skills necessary for all IUPUI students to succeed.
Core communication and quantitative skills are demonstrated by the student’s ability to:
- Express ideas and facts to others effectively in a variety of formats, particularly written, oral, and visual formats;
- Comprehend, interpret, and analyze ideas and facts;
- Communicate effectively in a range of settings;
- Identify and propose solutions for problems using quantitative tools and reasoning;
- Make effective use of information resources and technology.
PUL 2 - Critical Thinking
Definition: The ability of students to engage in a process of disciplined thinking that informs beliefs and actions. A student who demonstrates critical thinking applies the process of disciplined thinking by remaining open-minded, reconsidering previous beliefs and actions, and adjusting his or her thinking, beliefs and actions based on new information. The process of critical thinking begins with the ability of students to remember and understand, but it is truly realized when the student demonstrates their knowledge of procedures, processes, or products to discern bias, challenge assumptions, identify consequences, arrive at reasoned conclusions, generate and explore new questions, solve challenging and complex problems, and make informed decisions.
Core critical thinking skills are demonstrated by the student’s ability to:
PUL 3 - Integration and Application of Knowledge
Definition: The ability of students to use information and concepts from studies in multiple disciplines in their intellectual, professional, and community lives.
Integration and application of knowledge are demonstrated by the student’s ability to:
- Enhance their personal lives;
- Meet professional standards and competencies;
- Further the goals of society; and
- Work across traditional course and disciplinary boundaries.
PUL 4 - Intellectual Depth, Breadth, and Adaptiveness
Definition: The ability of students to examine and organize disciplinary ways of knowing and to apply them to specific issues and problems.
Intellectual depth, breadth, and adaptiveness are demonstrated by the student’s ability to:
- Show substantial knowledge and understanding of at least one field of study;
- Compare and contrast approaches to knowledge in different disciplines;
- Modify one’s approach to an issue or problem based on the contexts and requirements of particular situations.
PUL 5 - Understanding Society and Culture
Definition: The ability of students to recognize their own cultural traditions and to understand and appreciate the diversity of the human experience.
Understanding society and culture is demonstrated by the student’s ability to:
- Compare and contrast the range of diversity and universality in human history, societies, and ways of life;
- Analyze and understand the interconnectedness of global and local communities; and
- Operate with civility in a complex world.
PUL 6 - Values and Ethics
Definition: The ability of students to make sound decisions with respect to individual conduct, citizenship, and aesthetics.
A sense of values and ethics is demonstrated by the student’s ability to:
- Make informed and principled choices and to foresee consequences of these choices;
- Explore, understand, and cultivate an appreciation for beauty and art;
- Understand ethical principles within diverse cultural, social, environmental and personal settings.