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Graphic Systems and 3D Animation

Code: MM0051     Acronym: SGA3D

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Communication Technology

Instance: 2017/2018 - 2S

Active? Yes
Web Page: http://paginas.fe.up.pt/~aas/pub/Aulas/SGA3D/
Responsible unit: Department of Informatics Engineering
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Multimedia

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MM 10 Syllabus 1 - 6 45 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
António Augusto de Sousa

Teaching - Hours

Recitations: 3,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Recitations Totals 1 3,00
António Augusto de Sousa 1,50
Verónica Costa Teixeira Pinto Orvalho 1,50
Mais informaçõesLast updated on 2018-01-30.

Fields changed: Components of Evaluation and Contact Hours, Lingua de trabalho

Teaching language



Present the knowledge of the Computer Graphics and Computer Animation concepts, algorithms and technologies. A deep study is done in the 3D domain. Important themes are MOdeling 3D, Image Synthesis and Computer Animation. The practical component of this course unit is complemented with a software application for modelling, rendering and animation in 3D. 

Learning outcomes and competences

After the successful completion of this course unit, students should be capable of: - understanding a graphic system on its whole; - geometrically modelling a set of three-dimensional objects; - controlling lighting and the visual aspect of objects; - defining and developing animations with three-dimensional objects.

Working method



Overview about Computer Graphics, with predominance in the 3D.
  - Image Synthesis and Illumination Models, including topics in the domain of High Realistic Rendering.
  - Colour.
  - Modelling curves, surfaces and solids.
  - 3D Geometrical Transformations. 

3D animation pipeline
  - Engineering behind an animation pipeline
  - 3D Surface Modeling based on polygons
  - Modelação e animação baseada em estruturas esqueléticas
  - The Rig in the context of creation of 3D facial avatars
  - Script based animation 

Mandatory literature

James D. Foley... [et al.]; Introduction to computer graphics. ISBN: 0-201-60921-5

Complementary Bibliography

Donald Hearn, M. Pauline Baker; Computer graphics. ISBN: 0-13-578634-7

Teaching methods and learning activities

Theorical expositions with transparencies. Presentation and discussion of examples, namely but not restricted to 3D Image Synthesis, by the use of software 3DStudio MAX. Execution pf Practical works of modelling, rendering and animation with the same software.


Autodesk Maya


Technological sciences > Technology > Interface technology > Virtual reality
Technological sciences > Technology > Graphic techniques > Computer graphics
Physical sciences > Computer science > 3 D modeling
Physical sciences > Computer science > Computer systems > Human computer interaction

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Exame 60,00
Trabalho laboratorial 40,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 50,00
Frequência das aulas 42,00
Trabalho laboratorial 70,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

Regularity in classes

Calculation formula of final grade

Final.Cl=40%*Work.Cl + 60%*Exam
Obs.: the practical work is mandatory

Examinations or Special Assignments

Practical work: Modelling and animation of a 3D Scene proposed by the student and to be agreed with the professor. The practical work is mandatory.

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

Special cases that are exempt of regular classes are subject to the same rules of evaluation applied to the normal cases.

Classification improvement

Practical work classification improvement does not exist. The final exam improvement follows the normal rules of FEUP.



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