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Interactive 3D Graphics

Autodesk via Udacity


This class will teach you about the basic principles of 3D computer graphics: meshes, transforms, cameras, materials, lighting, and animation.

Why Take This Course?

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.


Lesson 1: Introduction

Motivation and a trip down the graphics pipeline, laying out the fundamental processes

Lesson 2: Points, Vectors, and Meshes

The basics of 3D geometry definition

Lesson 3: Colors and Materials

Color representation, material computations, transparency

Lesson 4: Transforms

Translation, scale, rotate and how to properly combine all these

Lesson 5: Matrices

Transform representation and how to fully control these

Lesson 6: Lights

Directional and point light sources

Lesson 7: Cameras

How the camera is defined

Lesson 8: Textures and Reflections

Color and opacity textures, along with reflection and normal mapping

Lesson 9: Shader Programming

An introduction to programming vertex and pixel shaders

Lesson 10: Interaction and Animation

How to select and make objects move

Taught by

Eric Haines

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  • George T

    George T completed this course.

    Great course and professor, who is participating in forums and answers to students' questions. Content can be intimidating at some points, but the course is self paced and the forums are (still) active and therefore you have all the time and help to fully grasp concepts.
  • G Giambo completed this course.

    I do not recommend this class. There are so many modules that consist of Eric Haines talking (he has a habit of talking too fast) and drawing out picture diagrams with his digital pen. If you do not mind sitting through several hours of these brief fragment...
  • Shing

    Shing completed this course.

    A wonderful course for 3D web-tech and Three.js .
    Require some basic knowledge on 3D modeling and rendering to understand what the course is about.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Very good course to learn to create in 3d for the web and graphics concepts. Awesome professor - very helpful and active.
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