Introduction to Computer Graphics and Imaging


Stanford School of Engineering



One of the most exciting and innovative fields in engineering today, computer graphics is an intricate combination of science, engineering, art, and psychology. This course introduces students to the technical concepts behind creating synthetic computer generated images, focusing on underlying mathematical concepts including triangles, normals, interpolation, texture mapping and bump mapping. Emphasis will be on developing practical skills for using graphics libraries and tools. Creativity and the production of impressive visual imagery are highly encouraged.


Computer Organization and Systems (CS107) and MATH51, or equivalents.

Topics include

  • Fundamental understanding of light and color
  • Ray tracing technology for creating virtual images
  • Engineering models such as the BRDF
  • Basic lighting and shading models
  • Anti-aliasing and acceleration structures
  • OpenGL, and 3-D modeling tools

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