3D graphics and the iPhone are among the present day’s best technologies. Many people want to learn about these technologies. At Dongguk University (DU) there are classes which are one step ahead of the curve.
The first of these classes is Computer Graphics. Computer Graphics is a major class requirement for Junior’s and Senior’s in the College of Computer Science and Engineering. This course introduces topics such as geometric modeling, rendering, and computer animation, while also placing emphasis on programming the real-time 3D graphic software which also has a variety of applications.
Students who take this class can learn the theory through practice. The class is taught twice a week and is broken up into two parts. The first class of the week focuses on theory and the second day focuses on practical application. Each practice class has homework which usually requires students to work on projects like creating games, animation or picture rendering.
Hong Jeong-mo, the professor who teaches this subject, said "In these days, visual effects are very important. The use of this technology has increased in the image field of movies, animation, games and entertainment. This technology is being applied in various other fields as well. In the movie industry post processing is becoming more common. It is becoming Information Technicalization."
Although there is no direct support from DU, this school was selected as the Hub University for Industrial Collaboration (HUNIC) of Seoul, so there is national support. Because of this support, DU has replaced 30 computers at Wonheung Hall on the third floor in the F010 laboratory for Computer Science and Engineering. From this support DU has also opened an Entertainment Computing Project class. This class studies more deeply about movie technology and game technology. Teams from this class are also able to collaborate with outside companies for real-world experience.
In Korea, movies using Computer Graphics (CG) technology usually do very well. One such case is the blockbuster hit Haeundae. Because of the popularity of CG, resources from other companies have been made available in order to keep up with demand. When Haeundae was made, professor Hong of DU was consulted and will continue to collaborate with other companies in order to improve CG technology.
Because many students have an interest in CG, it’s possible for the best students in the field to work with movie makers. Samsung recently launched 3-D TV, and film equipment has also changed with the rising popularity of 3-D movies. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced that they will create an international hub for CG in Korea.
The second technology based class is High-Grade Mobile Programming. This is a winter session class for Game Multimedia and Engineering majors. The goal of this class is to take knowledge of the basic applications of Apple's iPhone in order to make a 2D game and master the technology. Students learn to use the Macintosh (Mac) Operating System, study the iPhone's Application Programming Interface (API), learn to make applications using the Integrated Development Environment (IDE), also known as the Integrated Design Environment or Integrated Debugging Environment. The IDE is a software application that provides comprehensive facilities to computer programmers for software development. There is no mid-term or final examination but the practical exercise, homework and individual or team project are the evaluation basis.
Students are required to create and develop three games. One game was registered on Apple’s ‘App Store’ on March 22nd and is priced at $0.99. The game's name is "Shake It" and playing this game can help you develop your memory. Yun Seong-gwang who teaches this subject and is the CEO of Lingostar has nineteen-years of Mac application developing experience. He is one of the best teachers in this field in Korea.
Jo Gyeon-eun, a professor of Game Multimedia and Engineering, said "Our department got the nod to lead the next generation of Fusion Technology and Education Institute of game professional development. Because we are supported by the government we can provide a class and laboratory for a Mac only environment." She said that they have plans to hold a game contest, choose the best game and award a scholarship to the winner. This also encourages students to continue making games.
The future will become more and more digital; therefore Korea needs professional development of advanced technologies. In the past a university education alone was not enough to produce technology experts who were up to industry standards. However, the above DU classes should help to cultivate people of talent who are ready and able to meet the high expectations. DU's effort is expected to be praised as DU emerges as the leader in training and professional development.
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