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Udacity: Interactive 3D Graphics

 with  Eric Haines
This class will teach you about the basic principles of 3D computer graphics: meshes, transforms, cameras, materials, lighting, and animation.

Why Take This Course?
By the end of this class you will know enough to make an animated 3D demo program that runs in a web browser, while also understanding the basic principles of how realistic computer images are generated.

You will also have a portfolio of small interactive programs that run in any web browser that supports WebGL.

Syllabus

### Lesson 1: Introduction

Motivation and a trip down the graphics pipeline, laying out the fundamental processes

### Lesson 2: Points, Vectors, and Meshes

The basics of 3D geometry definition

### Lesson 3: Colors and Materials

Color representation, material computations, transparency

### Lesson 4: Transforms

Translation, scale, rotate and how to properly combine all these

### Lesson 5: Matrices

Transform representation and how to fully control these

### Lesson 6: Lights

Directional and point light sources

### Lesson 7: Cameras

How the camera is defined

### Lesson 8: Textures and Reflections

Color and opacity textures, along with reflection and normal mapping

### Lesson 9: Shader Programming

An introduction to programming vertex and pixel shaders

### Lesson 10: Interaction and Animation

How to select and make objects move
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Cost Free Online Course
Pace Self Paced
Subject Programming
Institution Autodesk
Provider Udacity
Language English
Hours 6 hours a week
Calendar 8 weeks long
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful
3 years ago
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George T completed this course.
Great course and professor, who is participating in forums and answers to students' questions. Content can be intimidating at some points, but the course is self paced and the forums are (still) active and therefore you have all the time and help to fully grasp concepts.
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3 months ago
G Giambo partially completed this course.
I do not recommend this class. There are so many modules that consist of Eric Haines talking (he has a habit of talking too fast) and drawing out picture diagrams with his digital pen. If you do not mind sitting through several hours of these brief fragment style videos before even starting to work with the Autodesk so Read More
I do not recommend this class. There are so many modules that consist of Eric Haines talking (he has a habit of talking too fast) and drawing out picture diagrams with his digital pen. If you do not mind sitting through several hours of these brief fragment style videos before even starting to work with the Autodesk software, then it will be all right for you.

I am sure there will be others that begin to wonder if this class is the best use of their time. For example, the introduction section had over 40 sequences of random bits of brief videos, and some topics were not even covered at all before the quizzes. None of these lectures were presented in a way that would help develop a real understanding of the key concepts. The videos were mostly presented in a very hasty manner.

The course materials only consisted of download options for transcripts of these brief presentations, and the videos themselves.

If you are interested in learning Autodesk for career skills, there are better options available.

(I have never written any other negative review of any MOOC or on-line class before this, however this class, presented through Udacity, needs an honest review for an average person trying to improve their skills.)

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful
3 years ago
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Shing completed this course.
A wonderful course for 3D web-tech and Three.js .

Require some basic knowledge on 3D modeling and rendering to understand what the course is about.
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful
a year ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Very good course to learn to create in 3d for the web and graphics concepts. Awesome professor - very helpful and active.
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