Jan 26, 2021  
2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Effects Technical Direction, BS

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About the Program

In the animation and visual effects (VFX) industries, an effects technical director is responsible for creating simulations for a variety of natural phenomena. Whenever a movie needs digital simulations of large-scale destructions, fluids, dust, or even steam coming off of a cup of coffee, the effects technical director is responsible for making it happen.

An effects technical director is a combination of programmer and artist. You will take classes focused on fire, destruction, smoke, particles, and fluids, as well as the math and physics courses that provide the underlying fundamentals. You will work with industry-standard tools and techniques for creating a variety of effects.

Effects Technical Direction Website

Degree Requirements and Supplemental Information

The full Program Requirements for 2016-17 Computer Graphics Technology/Effects Technical Direction  include all Supplemental Information and selective lists of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. These are intended to be printer-friendly, but include less descriptive course detail.

Please see below for program requirements and the necessary degree fulfillments.

Catalog Term: 201710
120 Credit Hours to Graduate
“C-” or better required in all major courses

Departmental/Program Major Courses (47 credits)

Major Selectives* ‐ Select 1 of the following courses (3 credits)

  • CGT VFX/Animation Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (70 credits)

Electives (3 credits)

  • Free Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website or click here .

Program Requirements

17 Credits

14 Credits

16 Credits

14 Credits

15 Credits

15 Credits

17 Credits

Spring 4th Year

12 Credits


*Satisfies a University Core Requirement

Students must earn a “C-” or better in all CGT courses.

120 semester credits required for Bachelor of Science degree.

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.

Purdue policy states that a student may attempt a course no more than three (3) times. An attempt is defined as all courses displayed on a student’s transcript including, but not limited to A,B,C,D,E,F,W,WF,I and IF

Degree Requirement

The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

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Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

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