Submission Deadline:
18 February 2009
22:00 UTC/GMT

Courses: Submission Info

The Courses submission deadline was 18 February 2009.

Courses are lecturer-led sessions specifically designed to educate members of the SIGGRAPH community.

Courses should emphasize learning, developing residual skills, and suggesting directions for further personal development. Sales presentations, user-group meetings, or other specialized discussions are not appropriate formats for courses and are more appropriate as Exhibitor Tech Talks or Birds of a Feather.

Courses should have a well-defined pedagogical goal and identify a specific, unified set of skills or knowledge that the course is intended to communicate. For freer discussions, submit a proposal to Panels. Courses are either short (1.75 hours) or half-day (3.5 hours) sessions. We recommend one lecturer for a short course and one or two lecturers for a half-day course. You may submit multiple course proposals on the same topic (for example, a Fundamentals course and a follow-up Applications course) if you feel the time-frame is too short for your topic.

Important note: SIGGRAPH 2009 is organizing several courses as our "core curriculum", so course proposals on these topics should not be submitted. If you are preparing a course proposal that might overlap with any of these courses, please contact us for advice on how to avoid significant overlap.
List of Invited Courses

Use the General Submission online submission form. Submissions are due by 22:00 UTC/GMT, 18 February 2009. For more information about uploading files for your submission, please see Uploading Files.

Log in to the SIGGRAPH Information System, select "Begin a New Submission," and then select "create" for the General Submission form. You will be asked for:

  • Basic information about your submission (page 1)
  • Permissions (page 2)
  • A presentation format (page 3). To propose a Course, please select Course as your presentation format. You will then be taken to the forms specific to this presentation format. Please see below for more information about required information and materials for this presentation format.

Your submission must include the following materials and information:

  • Basic submission information, including lecturer names, affiliations, and contact information, as well as title of the course, and a single-sentence summary (50 words or fewer).
  • One "representative image" suitable for use in the conference web site and promotional materials. See Representative Image Guidelines.
  • Statement of permissions to use the submitted materials.
  • Course Description, Syllabus/Schedule including duration of topic sections and lecturers.
  • Length of the course (quarter day or half day).
  • Intended audience, prerequisites, and level of difficulty.
  • Bio Form. Please provide short bios for each of your lecturers or panelists. At most, a course should consist of a moderator and 3-4 lecturers. We recommend one lecturer for a short course and two lecturers for a half-day course.
  • Sample of course notes. This is an outline of materials and a representative sample of the type of Courses Notes that you plan to provide if your course is accepted. The review sample need not be long or complete, but it should be clear and concise, and it should demonstrate the expected quality of the learning materials that will be available during and after the conference.
    Course Notes Examples
    Formatting Guidelines
  • Special presentation requirements, if any.
  • Submission categories and keywords to help ensure your submission is reviewed and juried appropriately.

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

Course proposals will be evaluated primarily by the relevance of the topics to the SIGGRAPH audience, structure and coordination of course topics and lecturers as described in the syllabus, quality of course notes samples, and available space. While the collection of topics in a course should be closely related, any topic of interest presented at any level of experience will be considered.

You will be notified of acceptance or rejection of your course proposal on 20-21 April 2009.

You will be able to update your basic submission information and any final materials so that it can be included in the conference program and web site. This information needs to be finalized two weeks after acceptance, around 3 May 2008. Please be prepared to deliver your final versions of your information and work on or before that date.

You must sign and return an Acceptance Agreement one week after acceptance.

You must provide an updated version of the course description and schedule/syllabus for inclusion in the conference web site and program.

You must provide final course notes by 18 May 2009.

If you wish to attend SIGGRAPH 2009, registration and travel costs are at your own expense, except for the contributor of record, who will receive recognition as specified in the SIGGRAPH 2009 Recognition Policy.

You will receive information on when and where your course will be presented.

18 February
Deadline for all General Submission forms and upload of materials.

19 February - 25 March
Assignment and online review of all General Submissions.

26-29 March
Jury meeting for all General Submissions.

30 March - 19 April
Final selection and scheduling for General Submissions.

20-21 April
Acceptance and scheduling information or rejection notices are sent to all General Submissions submitters.

3 May
Deadline to make any changes to materials for publication, including speakers, short and long descriptions, abstracts, papers, and images.

18 May
Final Course Notes due to Stephen Spencer.

3-7 August
SIGGRAPH 2009, New Orleans