Computer Graphics
COMP 770 (236)

Time: MW 11:00-12:15
Room: SN011

Instructor: Brandon Lloyd
Telephone: 962-1787
Office: SN349
Office Hours: 1:00-2:00 MW

The official description for this course can be found here.


COMP 665 (235). We will review the relevant material from this course during the first few lectures. Students should have a basic knowledge of linear algebra. Programming projects will be done in a C-like language (C++, C#, Java, Python).


There is no official text for this course. Most of the material covered in this course can be found on the Internet. The lecture notes will be made available on-line. A good text, however, can reinforce and provide a more in-depth treatment of the material discussed in the lectures. Here is a non-exhaustive list of suggested reference texts:

Fundamentals of Computer Graphics
by P. Shirley, A.K. Peters

Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice
by J. Foley, A. Van Dam, S. Feiner and J. Hughes, Addison Wesley.

Advanced Animation and Rendering Techniques: Theory and Practice
by A. Watt and M. Watt, Addison Wesley.

Interactive Computer Graphics: A Top-Down Approach Using OpenGL
by E. Angel, Addison Wesley.

Lecture schedule

The following topics (subject to change) will be covered in the course in approximately the following order:

  • Imaging and 2D Transformations
  • 3D Transformations
  • Projections
  • Interaction, picking, and, selection,
  • Hidden surface removal
  • Clipping and rasterization
  • Lighting and shading
  • Texture mapping
  • Shadows
  • Ray tracing
  • Curves and surfaces
  • Simplification and levels of detail
  • Global illumination
  • Graphics hardware
  • Image-based rendering

Assignments and Tests

There will be several programming assignments during the semester relating to the following topics:

  • Viewing and manipulating 3D models with OpenGL
  • Rasterization and clipping
  • Texture mapping and lighting
  • Raytracing

There will also be a final project. Students will submit proposals for a project of their choosing. The final projects will be presented by the students at the end of the semester.

In addition, there will be 2 tests during the semester. The final project will take the place of a final exam.


A student's grade will be determined according the following percentages:

Assignments: 40%
Final Project: 30%
Tests: 30%

All assignments are given with ample time for completion. Late assignments will be docked 5% for each day (M-F) they are late. Students will be expected to abide by the university honor code.