Courses Submissions

Whether it’s foundational material for researchers and practitioners, or a review of the state-of-the-art in a specific area, SIGGRAPH 2018 Courses offer learning opportunities for everyone.
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  • Tue, 13 Feb 2018, 22:00 utc/gmt
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Share Your Expertise With Those Who Want to Hear

SIGGRAPH courses are learning sessions in which experts from all areas of computer graphics technology and interactive techniques share their knowledge. Course presenters distill key industry concepts and ideas into self-contained lessons. Courses may lie anywhere on a continuum from conceptual and theoretical to practical and applied.

Lecturers should be prepared to present high-quality digital media as part of their long (3.25 hour) or short (1.5 hour) sessions in order to create an optimum experience for attendees.

Of particular interest: hands-on courses that foster a maker culture at SIGGRAPH; courses related to all aspects of VR/AR, and short course proposals that connect to submissions in Emerging Technologies, the Art Gallery, or the Studio, or that explore the history and culture of computer graphics.

We welcome course proposals in all subjects and at all levels, including successful course offerings from past years.

How to Submit

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We are especially interested in proposals for:

  • True introductory courses that offer primers on core topics in computer graphics in a coherent, well-designed format.
  • Courses that provide instruction on subjects related to other SIGGRAPH 2018 programs, such as motion picture production, games, augmented and virtual reality, mobile application development, and maker culture.
  • Courses that show how to use or combine skills and techniques from different areas of computer graphics and re­apply them in novel ways for which they were not originally intended in a manner that can contribute or improve facility in other areas.
  • Courses on emerging topics such as big visual data and deep learning.
  • Courses that include source code, hardware instructions, detailed course notes, slides, and other material that helps attendees apply their new knowledge.
  • Short courses that explore the history and culture of computer graphics.


Log in to the submissions portal, select “Make a New Submission tab,” and then select the General Submission form. To see the information you will need to submit, view the Sample Submission Form.

In particular, please be aware of these fields:

  • A presentation format. To propose a course, please select Course as your presentation format. This selection will activate courses-specific questions in the form. Please see below for more information about required information and materials for this presentation format. If you propose a course in both short and half-day formats, please clarify the differences between each format.
  • One “representative image” suitable for use on the conference website and in promotional materials.
    See Representative Image Guidelines
  • Information on the intended audience, prerequisites, and level of difficulty. Please choose the level of difficulty appropriately; your choice will not directly affect the perceived value of the course. Must indicate (Introductory, Intermediate or Advanced).
  • Short biographies (50 words) for each of your instructors. At most, a course should consist of a moderator and three to four instructors. We recommend one instructor for a short course and two instructors for a half-day course.
  • Sample of course notes. This is an outline of materials and a representative sample of the Course Notes that you plan to provide if your course is accepted. The sample does not need to be long or complete. It should be clear and concise, and should demonstrate the expected quality of the learning materials you will make available during and after the conference. As a guide, here are a few examples of past course notes:

    When preparing your course notes, you may wish to consult SIGGRAPH’s Publication Instructions.

  • A list of potential submission categories and keywords is provided to help ensure your submission is reviewed and juried appropriately. Please select the categories and keywords carefully.

Optional: You may also provide examples of other materials, demonstrations, or exercises that support the course topics.

For more information about uploading files for your submission, see Uploading Files. For all additional submission information, see Submissions FAQ.


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Courses can fulfill many educational roles, such as:

  • Introducing a core graphics area, suitable for someone with little background in that area. A course of this kind can cover various topics, and can range in level from introductory to advanced. The jury evaluates these proposals based on the belief that the course will guide attendees through the material in a coherent and comprehensible way.
  • Introducing a topic related to graphics but not considered “core” graphics. The jury evaluates these proposal based on the expected benefit of the knowledge to a typical SIGGRAPH attendee.
  • Consolidating a new and emerging research trend. The jury evaluates these proposals based on their potential to facilitate knowledge transfer for practical applications and guide new researchers in the area. The jury is also hoping to see courses that distill contemporary research into a coherent narrative, as opposed to courses that merely recapitulate a sequence of recent research talks.

Well-attended, strong courses may be re-submitted in subsequent years. Recently taught courses must provide justification for why the course should be repeated. If you are proposing revisiting an older course, you should explain why the material should be revisited, and what new advances will be covered. Introductory courses have the potential to be repeated more frequently than advanced ones, as the potential audience is larger.

The success of a course proposal is not tied directly to its declared level of difficulty. The conference benefits from a broad spectrum of courses at all levels, including well designed introductory courses. Please choose the most appropriate difficulty level for a course, based on the complexity of the ideas presented and the depth of its prerequisites.

Some reasons courses are rejected:

  • Sample course notes or slides fail to communicate key ideas clearly and informatively.
  • The submission does not make it sufficiently clear what the theme of the course is, or provide details about what specific topics will be presented or how the allotted time will be used.
  • Materials are too narrowly focused, or advance an agenda.. A course should provide a comprehensive overview, and not just focus (for instance) on the presenter’s own techniques or methods used in a particular company.
  • Previous courses have sufficiently covered the area, or the jury feels the topic is too narrow to attract sufficient attendance at SIGGRAPH.
  • Too many high-quality courses were submitted, and the jury could only select a subset.

Jurors are asked to evaluate your submission using four main criteria: concept, novelty, interest, and quality. The final submission score is based on a combination of these factors. For example, a submission that is of high quality, has broad appeal, and contains something new is likely to be accepted, while a submission that is incremental, of interest to only a small number of people, and poorly written will probably be rejected.

How exceptional are the ideas, problems, solutions, aesthetics, etc. presented in this submission? How coherently does the submission convey its overall concept? Is the concept similar to existing ones, or does it stand out? This criterion is particularly applicable to submissions that put together existing technologies into a single course proposal (for example, demos, animations, or art pieces). Submissions of this type, where the individual technologies are not necessarily new but their combination is, are evaluated on both the final product and how well proposed technologies integrate to meet the desired goals. Many submissions in this area are rejected because they do what existing systems do, and they do not demonstrate that the proposed approach will produce a superior course.

How new and fresh is this work? Is it a new, groundbreaking approach to an old problem, or is it an existing approach with a slightly new twist? A course that offers a novel, different approach to a topic will be well regarded by the jury.

Will conference attendees want to attend this course? Will it inspire them? Does it appeal to a broad audience? This is partly a measure of how broad the potential audience is and partly a measure of the overall clarity and novelty of the proposal. If the proposal is a repeat of a past course, evidence of past interest can be useful in evaluation.

Quality, Craft, and Completeness
This is a measure of the course proposal’s quality of expression, clarity of thinking, and the completeness and lucidity of the explanation of the nature of the course and its intentions. The submission information and sample course notes must provide a clear sense that the final course materials will be well written, well designed, and well presented.

Upon Acceptance

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You will be notified of acceptance or rejection around the end of April.

After acceptance, the submission portal will allow you to update basic information about your work and upload any final materials for inclusion in the conference program and website. This information needs to be finalized two weeks after acceptance.

If your course is accepted, you will need to:

  • Prepare and submit a revised course description and syllabus for the conference website and program.
  • Submit final course notes using the submission portal by 4 June 2018. Course Notes are a REQUIREMENT in order for you to present at SIGGRAPH 2018.
  • Prepare a 1.5- or 3.25-hour course based on your acceptance.
  • Coordinate details with the contributors to your course.
  • Attend and present your work at SIGGRAPH 2018 in Vancouver, Canada.

The time and location of your course will be posted on the SIGGRAPH 2018 website well in advance of the conference.

Each accepted course receives recognition as specified in the SIGGRAPH 2018 Recognition Policy.


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22:00 UTC/GMT, 13 February
Submission deadline

First Week of May
Acceptance or rejection notices are sent to all submitters

14 May
Deadline to make any changes to materials (i.e. approved title changes, presenter names, descriptions) for publication on the web site.

4 June
Course Notes are due.
PLEASE NOTE: Course Notes are a REQUIREMENT in order for you to present at SIGGRAPH 2018.
Do not submit a proposal if you cannot commit to providing complete, high-quality course notes by this date.

12-16 August
Vancouver Convention Centre
SIGGRAPH 2018, Vancouver, Canada


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If Your Work Is Accepted For Presentation At SIGGRAPH 2018: You must complete the ACM Rights Management Form. The form will be sent to all submitters whose work is accepted.

Your representative image and text may be used for promotional purposes. Several SIGGRAPH 2018 programs – Appy Hour, Art Gallery, Art Papers, Computer Animation Festival, Real-Time Live!, Technical Papers, and all installation programs – will prepare preview videos for pre-conference promotion of accepted content, which may include a portion of the video you submitted for review.

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