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CTAN 200g - The Rise of Digital Hollywood

CTAN 200g: The Rise of Digital Hollywood

Section 17960R, 4-Units

Spring 2024


This course satisfies the university's general education requirement GE-A, The Arts.


Course Description:

This course covers an overview of the birth and evolution of computer graphics. Computer graphic imaging, or CGI, has become central to how we experience media today, and in the last thirty years we have seen a revolution in media even greater than the advent of sound in 1927.

You will study the complexities of the computer technology that transformed Hollywood in the early 1990s, and how they were the result of decades of development by scientists, engineers, movie visual effects artists, the military, games makers, entrepreneurs, academia and experimental filmmakers.

Course Goals:

Students will:

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About the Faculty: Tom Sito