Sep 26, 2021
(130 semester hours) Requirements are subject to change.
The computer graphics major at Springfield College is a hands-on art program
that emphasizes three main areas of study: 3-D animation, multimedia design, and
graphic web design. These three areas prepare students with the necessary skills
and knowledge to compete in the rapidly growing field of computer graphic web
design and animation.
Students will explore traditional animation through the use of computers. Advanced
students will work on state-of-the-art equipment, creating artwork, graphic designs,
3-D animation, and websites. In the senior year, students will select an internship/
fieldwork placement. This will enable the student/computer artist to experience
the job market—the “real world” of the computer graphic industry.
For more information about the computer graphics major, contact Professor Ruth
West of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at (413) 748-3679 or by e-mail
at Ruth_West@spfldcol.edu. Information is also available from the Admissions Office, (800) 343-1257.
I. General Education Program - 41-44 s.h. in addition to courses taken for the major)
To integrate the humanics philosophy into their lives, Springfield College students
engage in the search for knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of values
through a variety of courses in the sciences and humanities. In addition to those
General Education courses, students must complete 6 s.h. of Writing-Across-the-Curriculum
(WAC) courses. For more information see the General Education Program and WAC courses. In the major requirements listed below, selected courses which fulfill General
Education categories are marked with an asterisk; selected WAC courses are marked
with a “W”.
II. Core Requirements (50 s.h.)
III. Selective Requirements (15 s.h.)
Select one of the following art history courses:
Select one of the following studio courses:
Select 9 s.h. from these courses:
IV. Required Specialization (9 s.h.)
Select one of the following sequences:
Presentation and Web Sequence
Select three of the following courses:
Select three of the following courses:
V. Electives (12–15 s.h., to complete 130 s.h.)
Choose electives in consultation with an advisor.
VI. Advanced Standing Standards
Advanced standing is an assessment by the faculty in the Visual and Performing
Arts Department of the student’s readiness for advanced courses, various fieldwork
experiences, and professional responsibilities. All computer graphics majors must
qualify for advanced standing in the semester prior to completing advanced courses,
fieldwork, internship, or practicum. Students may apply for advanced standing
in October, February, or in certain cases, May. (Students planning to do an internship,
practicum, or fieldwork in the fall semester must apply by the previous February—the
May deadline will only allow students to enroll in certain advanced courses).
In order to achieve advanced standing, students must have a record of demonstrating
standards of professional competency related to attendance, preparation, academic
honesty, creativity, maturity, professional behavior, empathy towards others,
and aesthetic awareness. Students must also meet the following acadmic standards:
- A cumulative GPA of 2.500.
- A 2.500 GPA in all program requirements.
- A grade of C or better in all ARTS or ATPY courses.
- Presentation of an individually designed resume, a professional portfolio of
art work, and a reel of video animation.
Once met, standards for advanced standing must be maintained to continue in the
major. Students who do not achieve advanced standing by their 90th semester hour
must change to another major. If the standards are eventually met, the student
may petition the department’s Appraisal and Retention Committee to be readmitted.
More information about advanced standing standards and the process to apply is
available from the Visual and Performing Arts Department.
VII. Sample Program by Year
The program listed below is a sample—courses are not guaranteed to be offered
during the semester or year listed. It is the student’s responsibility to insure
that all requirements are met on a timely basis and that needed prerequisite courses
are completed before taking upper-level requirements; therefore, they should consult
carefully with an advisor when planning their program. Students must average 17.25
s.h. a semester to complete this program in four years (allowing for a 10 s.h.
field placement in the spring of their senior year).
In addition to the courses identified below, the following General Education
categories need to be fulfilled for this major: Natural Science, Mathematics,
Health, Physical Education, Literature, Second Language/Culture, History, Social
Science, Social Justice, Phi-losophy, and Religion. In addition, the WAC requirements
must be fulfilled. 12–15 s.h. of electives will be required to complete 130 s.h.
Courses marked with an * fulfill or partially fulfill a General Education category;
courses marked with a w may fulfill a WAC requirement, depending on the year taken.
A. First Year - Fall Semester
First Year - Fall or Spring Semesters
- Up to 9 s.h. of General Education courses First Year - Spring Semester
B. Second Year - Fall Semester
Second Year - Fall or Spring Semesters
- Up to 21 s.h. of General Education courses
- ARTS ___ - Art history selective (3 s.h.) (chosen from above listing)
Second Year - Spring Semester
C. Third Year - Fall Semester
Third Year - Fall or Spring Semesters
- ARTS ___ - Studio selective Credits: 3 s.h. (chosen from above listing)
- Any uncompleted selective requirements
- Up to 18 s.h. of General Education courses and/or electives
Third Year - Spring Semester
D. Fourth Year - Fall Semester
- Selected specialization courses
- Electives, chosen in consultation with advisor, to complete 130 s.h.
- Any uncompleted program requirement or General Education courses
Fourth Year - Spring Semester