Computer Graphics - 2015/16

The course description outlines the context, syllabus and activities. You will find course prerequisites and course recommended texts there too.

The course covers the fundamental algorithms associated with line drawing, polygonal decriptions for 3D objects, curve and surface representation, object transformations and viewing transformations and projections, shading and illumination techniques.

Lecture series:

Probable timetable for lectures. Ordering of topics may change. Lectures take place Tuesday and Friday, 11:10am-12:00pm in Lecture Theatre 1, 7 Bristo Square, starting with the first lecture on Tuesday 22nd September. Zone: Central. New slides will be posted in advance of the lectures.
  • Lecture 1, 22/9/2015 - Introduction, object representations
  • Lecture 2, 25/9/2015 - Illumination and shading
  • Lecture 3, 29/9/2015 - Transformations
  • Lecture 4, 2/10/2015 - OpenGL
  • Lecture 5, 6/10/2015 - View transformation
  • Lecture 6, 9/10/2015 - Rasterisation
  • Lecture 7, 13/10/2015 - Texture mapping and antialiasing
  • Lecture 8, 16/10/2015 - Environment mapping
  • Lecture 9, 20/10/2015 - Shadows
  • Lecture 10, 23/10/2015 - Ray tracing
  • Lecture 11, 3/11/2015 - Hidden surface removal and transparency
  • Lecture 12, 6/11/2015 - Global illumination (1)
  • Lecture 13, 10/11/2015 - Global illumination (2)
  • Lecture 14, 13/11/2015 - Curves and surfaces (1)
  • Lecture 15, 17/11/2015 - Curves and surfaces (2)

Extra materials:

  • Extra notes on barycentric coordinates and implicit lines.


There are two coursework submissions, one from each of the two sections of the course. Both exercises will be programmed in C++. Start dates are: Coursework 1 - 2/10/15, Coursework 2 - 30/10/15. Deadlines are 4pm on 23/10/15 and 4pm on 20/11/15 respectively. Assignments will be sent by email and uploaded to this page when they are set. All work is submitted electronically using the Informatics generic electronic submission procedure.

submit cg {1|2} file1, file2, etc.
- or -
submit cg {1|2} directory - to give the directory name to submit (submits all below it, so be careful).

The program must be compiled and run on DICE, and you must submit your work through the above route. Work will not be accepted otherwise.


The submitted coursework will be evaluated based on the correctness of the implementation, quality of the rendered results and the description about the work. The algorithmic mistakes will be pointed out, which may be useful for further implementation and when answering related questions in the final exam. Feedback on coursework will be provided within two weeks of the submission date. Formative feedback will be provided verbally as a result of discussions during lectures.

Relevant books available online

These books are currently available digitally through the library, search for the title here.

Useful links

Tom Thorne
Last updated 17/8/15

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