Computer Graphics Technology

Learn animation, graphic design, VPI, construction graphics, and multimedia to design and communicate ideas visually with a degree in computer graphics technology.

This degree has expanded into eight separate majors and is no longer listed for prospective students on the Common App. If you are in the process of applying to Purdue University, read about our current majors below to learn more about your expanded options and to apply. Information on this page is accurate for students enrolled in Fall 2015 and before.

Learn animation, graphic design, VPI, construction graphics, and multimedia to design and communicate ideas visually with a degree in computer graphics technology.

Special features

  • Take advantage of the flexible curriculum to specialize in an area based on your interests and talents
  • Benefit from faculty experience in industrial careers
  • Gain industry-standard experience in labs and facilities with the latest technologies
  • Improve your career prospects with real-world research projects that allow you to work alongside faculty and for actual clients
  • Two degrees in five years: earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer graphics technology in only five years with a special plan of study.

 

Joseph Sriver Alumni Profile
Although I had been drawing prior to attending Purdue, I had little formal training in design theory. I have applied what I learned at Purdue about good design and the philosophies of forming it through my career.
Joseph Sriver
Computer Graphics Technology '97

Placement Data

Number of Graduates Percent of Grads Reported Placement Rate Average Salary
49 96% 85% $47,786

Potential Job Titles

  • Web Programmer/Developer
  • Animator
  • Architectural Illustrator
  • Computer Game Developer
  • Design Engineer
  • Graphic Consultant
  • Graphic Designer
  • Animation
  • Building Information Modeling/Construction Graphics
  • Computer Gaming Development
  • Information Visualization
  • Interactive Multimedia Design
  • User Experience/Mobile Computing/Human Computer Interaction
  • Virtual Product Integration
  • Web Design and Programming
  • Character animation and video games
  • artificial life and virtual reality
  • Interactive media, social media, apps
  • Real-time rendering
  • Cyberinfrastructure
  • Building information modeling
  • e-Commerce and e-Business

In addition to the fees charged to all Purdue students (technology fee, repair and rehabilitation fee, student fitness and wellness fee), students in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute pay a differential general service fee of $286.00 each semester.

Full information about tuition and fees is available on the Purdue Bursar’s Office Web site.

Add an international perspective to your education by taking advantage of study abroad opportunities. College-wide, there are nearly 47 programs that offer educational experiences in another country. Experiences can last a week, a month, a summer or a semester depending on the program. The list of study abroad programs, internship and service learning options is updated annually. 

CGT students have taken advantage of internships in Sydney, London and Beijing, exchanges to Germany, and summer experiences in Harbin, China and Medellin, Columbia.