Interactive 3D Graphics

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This class will teach you about the basic principles of 3D computer graphics: meshes, transforms, cameras, materials, lighting, and animation. Course content is brought to you in partnership with Autodesk, a worldwide leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software. 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. Almost all programming will be done in JavaScript using three.js library/API. 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.

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