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State College Area High School

High School South, 650 Westerly Parkway, 814-231-5020 High School North, 653 Westerly Parkway, 814-231-1111

Course Description - Computer Graphics 1 - Course F/S554

This semester course offers a fantastic way to be introduced to a variety of STEM engineering machines and tools, and computer graphic imaging software packages and concepts. These software packages are used for 2D and 3D model animation and image design.  Software packages introduced in this course include:  Adobe Photoshop, Premiere, Flash and After Effects.  Autodesk’s 3D Studio is used for 3D modeling and animation. Makerware is used for creating 3D prints on our in classroom Makerbots, and Photoshop and Illustrator is used to create laser engraved projects.  Throughout the course, you will be involved with hands-on experiences creating; desktop video with Adobe Premiere, animations for the web using Adobe Flash, Gaming level design with 3D Studio, original images for print using Adobe Photoshop, and Photograph repairs and enhancements using Photoshop.  Concepts of STEM technology will be learned while each student works on his or her own high-end PC within the classroom.  Each student will develop several 3D prints on our in class Makerbots and laser engraved projects using our Epilog laser.  The goal is to enhance and develop skills for all State High graduates as they enter an increasingly technological world.  This course is a prerequisite for Computer Engineering Graphics 2.

Project Information:

Program Highlights (This is a half-year, mixed grade level course, for all students. No previous skills are required. All projects are completed in class) There are other class projects that lead up to these culminating projects.

  • Using 3D Studio Max, 3D modeling and animation software, each student will get to 3D print take home models that he or she has designed in class.
  • Using 3D Studio Max, rendered animations will be created, with ties to video game level designs, and architectural walkthroughs.
  • Photoshop will be used to make a take home (mouse pad, poster, or T-shirt), and used to make a Laser Engraved take home design.
  • Adobe Premiere Pro is used to make a short video edit project, including music, titles, and transitions.
  • Adobe After Effects is used to make a short "Special Effects" personal logo similar to the introduction to a high impact television show.
  • Adobe Flash is used to build and program an E-card.  This begins the process of game development for CG2.


Post Secondary connections:
Engineering majors
Industrial Design
Video Game Design
Information Systems Technology



Last Modified on January 20, 2015