A new computer graphics course is being added to the list of class offerings at Wilton High School next year, after the Board of Education approved the class during its June 11 meeting.
The board reviewed and discussed a proposal for a Computer Animation and Game Design class during its May 28 meeting.
The course is designed to provide students with “knowledge, skills and concepts necessary for working within the computer and video game industry.”
The course will be the third level in the high school’s computer graphics sequence.
According to the proposal, the first two levels of the sequence “focus on mastery of technical skills applied to fine arts-oriented work” and the Computer Animation and Game Design course would provide “a real-world framework within which students will apply skills in a creative and collaborative project-based learning environment.”
“We [figured that] students would really like this,” arts instructional leader Rusty Hurd told the board.
“Animation and game design seems to be a driving force to them and it would be good to have something that they’re interested in.”
Hurd said the course will be an advanced computer graphics course where “some kids would do animation [while] some do advanced computer graphics.”
Art teacher Greg Theriault said the course will provide students with “an actual place to employ all the basic art skills in computer design.
“It would almost be as if they’re working in a game studio. They would be coming in with the content and design the various environments that go along with specific games,” he told the board.
“They would have to design a 3D environment in which the game would be taking place — the visual assets. That could be anything from vegetation, rocks, structures and architecture to devices that are carried by the characters themselves.”