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Graphics Programming Education: Less Is More

John Pile  |  Assistant Professor, Champlain College

Location: Room 3020, West Hall

Format: Session
Track: GDC Education Summit
Vault Recording: Video

In 2010, the graphics programming curriculum at Champlain College was rewritten to better address the needs and expectations of students. The new curriculum introduces advanced graphics topics like the graphics pipeline and GPU coding significantly earlier, but holds back on the specifics of 3D graphics until the students have a solid understanding of the fundamentals. In addition to improved student success rate, Pile will present a variety of other advantages of the curriculum redesign.


John Pile will present an overview of common issues faced with traditional approaches to teaching 3D graphics programming and the results of a redesigned curriculum which seeks to address those issues by simplifying the graphics programming topics.