Computer Graphics

10 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1TD388

Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Computational Science A1N, Computer Science A1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 30 August 2018
Responsible department
Department of Information Technology

Entry requirements

120 credits including 30 credits in mathematics and Computer Programming II or the equivalent. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • describe the data flow in a graphics rendering system;
  • use matrix algebra in computer graphics applications;
  • implement fundamental algorithms and transformations involved in viewing models, projection models, illumination models and the handling of hidden surfaces in polygon-based computer graphics;
  • describe effects such as texture mapping, bump mapping and antialiasing;
  • describe curves and surfaces that can be represented by splines;
  • use the OpenGL API with C++ in 3D graphics programming;
  • program GPU hardware, so called shader programming;


The graphics pipeline. Colour systems. Geometrical objects. Matrix algebra for transformations, projections and coordinate systems in 2D and 3D. Clipping and hidden surface removal. Lighting models for polygon based graphics. Rasterisation. Line drawing. Polygon filling. Texture mapping and bump mapping. Global rendering. Low level graphics libraries for 3D programming (OpenGL). Shader programming on GPU.


Lectures, laboratory work and compulsory assignments.


Written examination at the end of the course and approved assignments.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.