Computer Animation and Game Development

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an additional math requirement for the CAGD major?

There is no additional math requirement for the CAGD major. The math required is part of the General Education Requirements(opens in new window).

How do I change my major to CAGD?

Visit this link, Plan Change, sign in to your portal account and choose the correct options. To add the CAGD Major, click the Major bubble then click add and scroll through the list of Academic Plans to the bottom and choose CAGD Major. You will then be prompted to save the PDF and print. The form will then need to be signed by the advisor of the Major/Minor/Certificate you are adding which will be Clarke Steinback.

How do I declare an CAGD and/or Video Game Design Minor?

Visit this link, Plan Change, sign in to your portal account and choose the correct options. To add the Video Game Design Minor, click the Minor bubble then click add and scroll through the list of Academic Plans to the bottom and choose Video Game Design Minor. You will then be prompted to save the PDF and print. The form will then need to be signed by the advisor of the Major/Minor/Certificate you are adding which will be Clarke Steinback.

How does the Communication Design (CDES) supplement differ from the Arts Studio (ARTS) supplement?

The Communication Design supplement includes areas of interest such as graphic design, broadcasting, video production, and instructional design among others.

The Art Studio supplement includes areas of interest such as drawing, ceramics, and art history.

I am a Computer Animation and Game Development major, who is my program advisor?

Professor Clarke Steinback, Ph.D., csteinback@csuchico.edu.

How do I make an appointment to see the Advisor in CAGD?

Please visit Appointment Scheduling to schedule an appointment to see the Advisor for CAGD. You may also email CAGD(opens in new window) if you have any questions about the Program.

What is mandatory advising?

Mandatory advising ensures that students progress through the Computer Animation and Game Development Program in a concise manner, maintaining the Major goals and objectives of the Major.  Mandatory advising takes place each academic year in the Spring Semester. Advising must be accomplished prior to the Fall registration deadline or a hold will be placed on the student's account and registration will be impossible until the mandatory advising requirement has been met. Mandatory advising is not required in the Fall semester.

What are the laptop requirements for CAGD?

The CAGD Program requires the purchase of a laptop. For information on the specifications for a laptop please click Laptop Requirements and direct your attention to the CAGD Majors column under Details.

Will I need a drawing tablet for CAGD?

Yes, after taking Computer-Assisted Art (APCG 110) a Wacom tablet is required for Concept Design and Storyboarding (APCG 117) and will be used throughout the remainder of courses in the Major. Please click Wacom Tablet(opens in new window) for more information.

What are the specifications for a digital camera for CAGD 112 (Digital Photography)?

For CAGD 112, Digital Photography, the digital camera will need to have manual controls specifically for shutter speed, aperture, and white balance as well as a 16GB or higher SD memory card. For a helpful resource, visit DPReview(opens in new window) and search for a camera with full manual Photography Features. 

Is there a club to join in the Computer and Game Development Program?

The Computer Graphics Club(opens in new window) (CGC) is a student-run organization in the Computer Animation and Game Development Program.

What is the Graduation Planning Source?

Graduation Planning Source (GPS) is a tool developed to provide students with a guide to web-based resources helpful with graduation planning.

How do I begin the application for graduation process?

For information on how to apply for graduation online please visit Application for Graduation.

For important graduation deadlines please visit  Graduation Application Deadlines

How do I sign up for and when are the commencement ceremonies?

University Commencement Ceremony Information

How do I add/drop a class and what are the restrictions on add/drop based on particular deadlines?

Forms:

Class Drop Request (PDF)  

Class Add/Update Request (PDF)(includes Add for Time Conflict)

I have a time conflict with a class, what do I do?

If you have a class with a time conflicting with another class you need to speak with your instructors to see if they are willing to allow you to leave early or come to a particular class late. If an instructor approves this request you must fill out a Class Add/Update form, have that instructor sign, then turn the form into the Office of the Registrar in SSC 110.

Class Add/Update Request (PDF)(includes Add for Time Conflict)

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