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Computer Science – Computation Arts (BCompSc)

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Degree
Bachelor of Computer Science (BCompSc)
Department
Faculty
Program type
Honours
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
Duration
3 to 4 years
Start term
Fall
Experiential learning
Co-op

Why study Computer Science – Computation Arts?

Stimulate the senses. Engage the mind. When you study Computation Arts, you become a digital artist, using algorithms and computational theory to create interactive multimedia that breaks new audio-visual ground. 

The degree gives students the flexibility to combine a traditional computer science degree with a non-traditional field. Our state-of-the-art labs for 3D graphics, high-performance computing and artificial intelligence will give you experience with the equipment you’ll use in the field. Through labs, lectures and projects, you’ll also:

  • Investigate programming paradigms as they relate to digital art and design
  • Learn the techniques and conceptual strategies central to 3D digital production
  • Use computer systems to process, synthesize, and manipulate digitized representations of sound

Program structure

A Bachelor of Computer Science degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background

The core provides a basic and broad study of theory, mathematical basics, programming methodology, computer architecture, data structures, operating systems, and software engineering.

Students in this program will also take half of their courses in the Computation Arts program offered by the Faculty of Fine Arts.

We offer an honours program to computer science students with high academic standing. You may apply to the honours program once you have completed 30 credits.


Courses



Co-op program

The Co-op program, available with the BCompSc, gives you the chance to complete paid work terms that last 12 to 16 weeks.  As a Co-op student, you will assist in projects designed and implemented by professionals and may also:

  • Analyze and develop computer solutions
  • Design and create new software, and modify and test existing software used in a broad range of businesses and industries
  • Plan and implement computer security systems for database access control

Co-op students have completed work terms for employers such as:

  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • Bell Canada
  • Cogeco
  • Ericsson


Admission criteria

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements for admission

  • Quebec Cegep: 28 overall, 26 math
    • Admission is based on applicants’ overall Math CRC indicated above and completion of the following classes as part of their DEC: MATH 103 or 201-NYA and 203 or 201-NYB and 105 or 201-NYC
    • Students completing a three-year technical DEC in a related field may also be eligible for admission without the specified profile provided they achieve a minimum overall CRC as indicated above and preferably a minimum of 24 in math required for their Cegep program. Students may be eligible for exemptions/transfer credits based on course equivalencies.
    • Additional information for Cegep applicants
  • High School: A- overall, B+ math
  • Baccalaureate français: 15 overall, 14 math
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 33 overall, 4 HL or 5 SL math
    • One math (Applications and Interpretations HL, Analysis and Approaches HL or SL)
    • One science SL or HL (Physics, Chemistry or Biology)
    • Must have at least one HL math or science
  • University transfers (internal/external):
    • External transfers: A- overall, B+ math
    • Internal transfers: B+ overall, B+ math
    • Calculus I and II, Linear Algebra
    • Applicants who do not meet the minimum entry requirements are encouraged to apply and may still be considered for admission, provided they have completed the majority of the prerequisite courses. Transfer credits may be considered on a course-by-course basis.

Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.


Portfolio required

Students must submit a portfolio with their application.

After your degree

Computation Arts alumni have established careers in the advertising and entertainment industry as programmers and designers. Some graduates have been hired by:

  • Ubisoft
  • Moment Factory
  • Sid Lee
  • Electronic Arts
  • Warner Brothers Interactive

Other programs of interest

Computer Science (BCompSc)
  • Honours
  • Co-op
Computer Science (BCompSc)

The Computer Applications option gives doubly passionate students the flexibility to combine a traditional computer science degree and with a non-traditional field. Though many students complete a Major in Computation Arts or a Major in Mathematics and Statistics, students may declare a major or minor in any area outside the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science.

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Faculty

Intermedia (Video, Performance and Electronic Arts) (BFA)
  • Major
Intermedia (Video, Performance and Electronic Arts) (BFA)

If you want to be a pioneer, exploring relationships between emerging and existing media technologies and the fine arts, then this program for you.

Department

Faculty

Computation Arts - Computer Science (BFA)
  • Major
Computation Arts - Computer Science (BFA)

Stimulate the senses. Engage the mind. When you study Computation Arts, you become a digital artist, using algorithms and computational theory to create interactive multimedia that breaks new audio-visual ground.

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