Graphics Programming with Shaders | Abertay University

Graphics Programming with Shaders


This module develops a critical understanding of the computer graphics programmable pipeline and various graphics techniques. Students will develop and evaluate techniques used to manipulate 3D graphics in real-time.


The aim of this module is to provide the student with the knowledge and core techniques necessary for creating real-time 3D graphics applications utilising the programmable pipeline.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Develop custom shaders.

2.  Design and develop real-time 3D graphics applications, demonstrating use of the programmable pipeline.

3.  Evaluate graphics programming techniques utilised.

Indicative Content

1 Graphics programming

Introduction to the graphics programmable pipeline

2 Shaders

Creation and use of shaders within the context of the programmable pipeline.

3 Development

Develop applications and shaders which include topics such as lighting, vertex manipulation, post processing and tessellation.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Students will receive a series of lectures supported by laboratory sessions where applications will be developed and extended. Underpinning theory will be introduced in lectures and laboratory sessions will explore the application of theory through practical programming examples. Students will propose an application for their coursework and develop this application during the latter part of the laboratory sessions.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Supervised Practical Activity 24
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 80
Independent 84

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2018/19 , and may be subject to change for future years.