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CS 581 — Graphics Programming
(dt. Grafikprogrammierung)

Level, degree of commitment Advanced module, compulsory elective module
Forms of teaching and learning,
Lecture (4 SWS), recitation class (2 SWS),
270 hours (90 h attendance, 180 h private study)
Credit points,
formal requirements
9 CP
Course requirement(s): Oral or written examination
Examination type: Successful completion of at least 50 percent of the points from the weekly exercises as well as at least 2 presentations of the tasks.
The grading is done with 0 to 15 points according to the examination regulations for the degree program B.Sc. Computer Science.
One semester,
In der Regel jedes Wintersemester
Person in charge of the module's outline Prof. Dr. Thorsten Thormählen


  • Graphical user interfaces
  • Representation and representation of 2D objects
  • Rasterization method
  • Polygon meshes
  • Object transformations
  • Cameras
  • Textures
  • Light and materials
  • Shadows and reflections

Qualification Goals

In this course, students will learn how to create interactive computer graphics applications. These include general concepts of computer graphics that are independent of the programming environment used, such as the mathematical description of 2D and 3D objects, lights and cameras, the representation of the 3D scene in a hierarchical scene graph, or the mathematical description of materials and their reflectance properties. Through programming examples in a practical programming environment, students will learn all the necessary techniques to be able to independently realize concrete computer graphics projects in the future. In addition, the fundamentals for the creation of graphical user interfaces will also be taught. In addition, the general ability to work scientifically and solve problems as well as the communication skills of the participants will be improved.


Translation is missing. Here is the German original:

Keine. Empfohlen werden die Kompetenzen, die in den Modulen Objektorientierte Programmierung und Algorithmen und Datenstrukturen vermittelt werden.


Module imported from B.Sc. Computer Science.

It can be attended at FB12 in study program(s)

  • B.Sc. Data Science
  • B.Sc. Computer Science
  • B.Sc. Business Informatics
  • M.Sc. Data Science
  • M.Sc. Computer Science
  • M.Sc. Mathematics
  • M.Sc. Business Informatics
  • LAaG Computer Science

When studying M.Sc. Mathematics, this module can be attended in the study area Minor subject Computer Science.

Recommended Reading

  • Dave Shreiner. OpenGL Programming Guide : The Official Guide to Learning OpenGL, 2010;
  • Randi J. Rost, Bill Licea-Kane: OpenGL Shading Language, 2010;
  • Alan Watt. 3D Computer Graphics, Third Edition, 1999;
  • James D. Foley, Andries VanDam, Steven K. Feiner, John F. Hughes. Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice in C, Second Edition, 1995;

Please note:

This page describes a module according to the latest valid module guide in Winter semester 2016/17. Most rules valid for a module are not covered by the examination regulations and can therefore be updated on a semesterly basis. The following versions are available in the online module guide:

The module guide contains all modules, independent of the current event offer. Please compare the current course catalogue in Marvin.

The information in this online module guide was created automatically. Legally binding is only the information in the examination regulations (Prüfungsordnung). If you notice any discrepancies or errors, we would be grateful for any advice.