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FOCUS ON: 3D Computer Modeling (Transcript)

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A new 3D computer modeling class is blending the study of science and computer programming with the aesthetics of art. The class is attracting students with a wide range of interests including engineering, graphics design and biology.
(Narrator:) This is “Focus” from the campus of Sacramento State.

(Rachel Clarke, art professor, Sacramento State:) “I think what you need to add right now....”

(Jim Finnerty reporting:) Professor Rachel Clarke’s new 3D modeling class at Sacramento State bridges the disciplines of science and art.

(Clarke:) “Understanding the 3D interface, understanding how to navigate 3D space and then we work on using different kinds of modeling techniques. I think the enthusiasm grows out of that because they really start to become excited about what they can do with it.”

(Finnerty:) Clarke and computer professor John Clevenger collaborated in creating the digital art offering; in part to develop skills needed for computer animation.

(John Clevenger, Ph.D., computer science, Sacramento State:) “It gives both the art students and computer science students an appreciation for a whole realm of artistic components of 3D computer models.”

(Neal Manzano, senior, Sacramento State:) “Basically, you’re only limited by your imagination that you have so you can actually create things that don’t even exist.”

(Finnerty:) Students here create imaginative 3D environments manipulating shapes of objects and people.

(Erika Harm, senior, Sacramento State:) “I was surprised how much it’s like drawing. Like the sculpting aspect of it, it’s a lot like drawing even though it’s not with a pencil at all.”

(Cemal Richards, senior, Sacramento State:) “Since I’ve gained the skills, I want to take it further. I really like web development, that’s what I want to pursue, but I think I want to get into this now.”

(Finnerty:) This first class has attracted some 20 students, not only from art and science, but engineering, graphics and biology.

(Clarke:) “They can use it in so many different ways. That’s what I think is so wonderful about 3D. It’s so applicable to so many different things. “

(Finnerty:) This is Jim Finnerty Reporting.

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