Blender is a free 3D graphics application that can be used for modeling, texturing, rigging, water and smoke simulations, animating, rendering, simulations, non-linear editing, compositing, and creating interactive 3D applications, including video games, animated film, or visual effects.
Blender's features include advanced simulation tools such as rigid, realistic body, fluid, cloth and softbody dynamics, modifier-based modeling tools, powerful character animation tools, a node-based material and compositing system and Python for embedded scripting.
Released as free software under the GNU General Public License, Blender is available for a number of operating systems, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.
The course CSIT 203 Introduction to Multimedia teaches important concepts using Blender. It was first offered in Spring'10 and every semester thereafter. It is part of the Computer Information Systems Program and does not require any prerequisites.