College of Science and Technology

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

Yes. The Computer Graphics Technology (CGT) program has two concentrations: Technical Design (Concentration Code: TEDS) and User Experience (Concentration Code: UEXP). Following the program curriculum guide based on concentration selection, ensures proper advisement.

New Students, if your major/concentration is incorrect or would like to change it, please send an email to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions using the email address uadmit@ncat.edu before the semester begins. Current students must fill out the Change of Major form.

On both TEDS and UEXP, the freshman and sophomore semesters course selections are mainly the same. The beginning of the junior semester is when the TEDS and UEXP curricula diverge into the concentration tracks. Please review the link for CGT/GCS course offering https://ssbprod-ncat.uncecs.edu/pls/NCATPROD/bwckctlg.p_disp_dyn_ctlg.

The Computer Graphics Technology program offers a variety of hands-on design courses to prepare students with knowledge and skills in computer graphics that are relevant to visualization, UX/UI/VR design, and technical design. Please visit the department website for more information on curriculum guides and careers, https://www.ncat.edu/cost/departments/computer-graphics-technology/bs-graphic-communication-systems.php.

  1. Adobe CC and Autodesk products are used along with other software. Usually, students get hands-on experience on more than 10 software applications in the program.
  2. Computers are used in almost all design courses.
  3. Animation: CGT 326, 426. Several courses support animation that you need to know for animation, for example, modeling in CGT 224, image editing and texturing in CGT 281/282, multimedia in CGT 382, gaming animation in CGT 380/383, and UI design in CGT 410/430.

We strongly recommend students purchase the fastest and latest Windows laptop with graphics and WiFi cards. Here are the minimum required specifications.

  1. Computer: PC
  2. Operating System: Windows 64 bits
  3. RAM: 16 GB
  4. ROM: 500 GB
  5. Processor: Intel Core i7 or equivalent, 3.2 GHz
  6. USB Port: 3.0
  7. Graphics Card: AMD RAEDON or Nvidia GTX GeForce or equivalent

If you have any questions regarding the laptop specifications, please contact Mr. Jacque Lee, Tech Support Technician, jalee126@ncat.edu, 336.285.3152.

Our program is more STEM and UX design focused to create commercial design or design to solve societal and industrial problems. Please visit the Graphic Design Technology website to gain more information about the program, https://www.ncat.edu/cost/departments/computer-graphics-technology/index.php.

The CGT program does not offer a minor, however, students may apply for a double major.

  1. You need to have a minimum of 2.5 GPA.
  2. Browse the department website for more information on the CGT program, https://www.ncat.edu/cost/departments/computer-graphics-technology/index.php.
  3. Review the CGT curriculum guides (TEDS & UEXP concentrations) if you plan to switch.
  4. Submit the "Change of Major" form after consulting with your advisor or a department chair.

We require a 2.5 or higher high school GPA. The SAT and ACT scores will be a plus. The SAT or ACT MATH score or MATH placement test score will help determine which MATH course you are qualified to take. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission for more details on criteria, https://www.ncat.edu/admissions/undergraduate/index.php. Please visit our department website for more information on our program, https://www.ncat.edu/cost/departments/computer-graphics-technology/index.php.

Visit the Parking Services for information on visitor parking, fees, campus map, etc. https://www.ncat.edu/campus-life/campus-enterprises/parking-and-transportation/index.php.

Visit the Undergraduate Admissions Office website for information on campus tours, orientation, housing, parents & families, and so on. https://www.ncat.edu/admissions/undergraduate/index.php.

It is a plus to have a master's degree. It will give you an edge over other applicants. In addition, you will grow as a designer and as a person. Several of our students apply for the master's program at A&T, Elon, NC State, SCAD, and other universities. However, it is recommended to gain industry experience before applying for a master’s program.

Graduates from the Graphic Design Technology department typically secure jobs in a wide variety of companies, organizations, and government agencies that have in-house design and user experience functions, but graduates also focus on their freelance design work and entrepreneurship.

There are not only plenty of internship and job opportunities in the computer graphics discipline, but also students can work as freelance designers or can be entrepreneurs. Black & Veatch Construction, Holder Construction, Nike, Hallmark, Lowes Home Improvement, and Captech Consulting have hired our students—a few to mention. Please visit the department website and Career Paths for more information, https://www.ncat.edu/cost/departments/computer-graphics-technology/bs-graphic-communication-systems.php.