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In this paper, students will learn about the technical aspects of how moving images are generated for use in video games. This includes topics such as geometric modeling, the rendering pipeline, the use of various texturing techniques, and programmable shaders. In addition, students will learn various techniques for making objects move, such as forward and inverse kinematics, behavioural animation, and physically-based animation.
Students who pass this course will be able to:Understand the principals of three dimensional graphics, and have implemented their own three dimensional rendering frameworkDescribe the parts of the rendering pipeline, and optimizations which can improve performanceUse lighting and global illumination techniques to create visually appealing environmentsWrite Cg/HLSL shaders to control how geometry is rendered at the hardware level and create visual effectsUse animation to bring their characters to life, and realistically interact with the environment.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Lab Attendance 1% Per Lab, Weekly 10%Assignment 1 – 3D Graphics Programming Sunday 2nd April, 11:55pm: 30%Assignment 2 – Animation and Optimisation Sunday 4th June, 11:55pm: 30%Assignment 3 – Shaders Sunday 25th June, 11:55pm: 10%Test – Thursday 1st June, 10am: 20%Total: 100%Lab Attendance: 10% in total:• 1% Per Lab. Grade will be allocated as lab work complete (1%) or incomplete (0%). Work must be shown to course Lecturer or Tutor within 7 days of the end of the lab session to be awarded the mark.Assignments: 70% in total:• Assignment 1 –3D Graphics Programming: 30%; Students will be required to design three dimensional graphical environments and implement them using techniques covered in Foundations of Computer Graphics and Advanced Techniques in 3D Graphics.• Assignment 2 – Animation and Optimisation: 30%; Students will design and create a playable game using techniques learned in Rendering Pipelines and Optimisations, controlling a character animated using techniques learned in Animation• Assignment 3 – Shaders: 10%; Students will design and create their own shaders to create some unique and interesting visual effectsTest: 20% in total:• Test covering material from the entire course, to be held in the final lecture.
Game engine architecture
CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018.
Domestic fee $916.00
International fee $4,750.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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