Interactive 3D Graphics

Online Course

Interactive 3D Graphics

What is the course about?

Interactive 3D Graphics
The course Interactive 3D Graphics is an online class provided by Udacity. The skill level of the course is Intermediate. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.

This class will teach you about the basic principles of 3D computer graphics: meshes, transforms, cameras, materials, lighting, and animation.

Course description
  • Interactive 3D Graphics
  • 2 months
  • Creating Virtual Worlds
  • Introduction
  • Points, Vectors, and Meshes
  • Colors and Materials
  • Transforms
  • Matrices
  • Lights
  • Cameras
  • Textures and Reflections
  • Shader Programming
  • Interaction and Animation
  • Motivation and a trip down the graphics pipeline, laying out the fundamental processes.
  • The basics of 3D geometry definition.
  • Color representation, material computations, transparency.
  • Translation, scale, rotate and how to properly combine all these.
  • Transform representation and how to fully control these.
  • Directional and point light sources.
  • How the camera is defined.
  • Color and opacity textures, along with reflection and normal mapping.
  • An introduction to programming vertex and pixel shaders.
  • How to select and make objects move.
  • Knowing how to program in some language is all you’ll need to get started. Some knowledge of JavaScript is useful later on if you wish to make your projects more interactive and engaging. Familiarity with vectors and matrices will ease your way but is not critical.
  • To be able to see the interactive demos and do programming assignments you need a browser that supports WebGL technology. An up to date version of Chrome or Firefox will work (see our FAQ for more information). You can test if your browser supports this technology by visiting the WebGL project homepage.
  • Almost all programming will be done in JavaScript using three.js library/API.
  • About Autodesk
  • This course is developed in conjunction with Autodesk, a worldwide leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software.
  • See the Technology Requirements for using Udacity.
  • By the end of this class you will know enough to make an animated 3D demo program that runs in a web browser, while also understanding the basic principles of how realistic computer images are generated.
  • You will also have a portfolio of small interactive programs that run in any web browser that supports WebGL.

Prerequisites & Facts

Interactive 3D Graphics

Course Topic

Computer Science, Programming

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Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)



Degree & Cost

Interactive 3D Graphics

To obtain a verified certificate from Udacity you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
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Topic: Computer Science, Programming