- Class Number 3215
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Lucien Leon
- Dr Kit Devine
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/02/2019
- Class End Date 31/05/2019
- Census Date 31/03/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
This course provides an insight into the conceptual and visual possibilities of animation. It introduces students to fundamental animation theory, techniques and processes that are explored and developed in the context of a Major Work in Animation. Students will develop a Research and Development portfolio as a pre-production component to the creation of the Major Work. This portfolio is a comprehensive planning document that clarifies the theoretical, conceptual and technical scope of the Major Work. Typical areas of investigation at this level include, but are not restricted to, the following processes: staging, timing, deformation, keyframing, lighting, texturing, modelling and rendering. These processes may be implemented in a 2D computer animation, stop-frame animation or 3D computer animation, as per student preference. Occupational health and safety is approached professionally at this level.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental techniques, processes, technologies and equipment used in digital animation
- Demonstrate exploration of basic materials and processes currently employed in digital animation
- Show a basic awareness and understanding of historical and theoretical contexts relevant to digital animation
- Exploit the characteristics of materials and processes in an individual way
- Demonstrate understanding of the importance of critical and self-reflective practice
- Identify and develop personal topics for individual research
This is a practice-based course. Students will investigate the subject through their own hands-on investigations and practical learning, led by lecturers who are researching practitioners.
Additional Course Costs
Students must contribute a lab fee of $250 to access resources outside of course hours.
Students will be required to own/purchase an appropriate digital data storage device (i.e. hard drive and/or USB flash drive).
Required Resources and Incidental Fees – ANU School of Art
Student contribution amounts under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA) and tuition fees support the course described in the Course Outline and include tuition, teaching materials and student access to the workshops for the stated course hours.
Students are requested to refer to the School of Art website for information: http://soa.anu.edu.au/required-resources-and-incidental-fees.
WACOM Intuos graphics tablet
Recommended Reading and Texts:
- Animation from pencils to pixels: classical techniques for the digital animator, Tony White, Oxford : Focal, 2006
- Animation now!, edited by Julius Wiedemann, Koln : Taschen, 2007
- Animation 101, Ernest Pintoff, Studio City, CA : Michael Wiese Productions, c1998
- Moving pixels: blockbuster animation, digital art and 3D modelling today, Peter Weishar, London : Thames & Hudson, 2004
Assessment includes periodic critique and review sessions that provide ongoing feedback on work in progress.
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
Any part of any work submitted for assessment that is not entirely original and the sole effort of the student must be properly acknowledged using the appropriate referencing conventions and protocols. Please refer to the referencing guidelines, and further information on how and why to cite sources, at http://soa.anu.edu.au/studyprotocols/referencing-guidelines.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Course and Assessment overview; viewing of selected screen works; pre-production planning discussion; pre-production (research)||Task 1: due end week 12 Task 2-i: due end week 4 Task 2-iii: due end week 12|
|2||Concept discussion and pre-production (storyboard, concept sketching)|
|3||Finalisation of concepts and pre-production: identification of production processes and resources, creation of production schedule milestones (4 in total)|
|4||Supervised studio session: milestone 1 commence||Task 2-i: due|
|5||Supervised studio session: milestone 1 complete|
|6||Supervised studio session: milestone 2 commence|
|7||Supervised studio session: milestone 2 complete|
|8||Supervised studio session: milestone 3 commence|
|9||Supervised studio session: milestone 3 complete|
|10||Supervised studio session: milestone 4 commence|
|11||Supervised studio session: milestone 4 complete|
|12||Post Production and Wrap up||Task 1: due Task 2-iii: due|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Major Work in Animation||60 %||31/05/2019||04/07/2019||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|Research and Development Portfolio||40 %||31/05/2019||04/07/2019||1, 2, 3, 5, 6|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
VIVA examinations will be conducted in week 13 in various computer laboratories and studio rooms (tbc) in the Peter Karmel building.
The VIVA is NOT A REVIEW. Students will be allocated ten minutes in which to present their assessable work to a panel of lecturers, with none others present. The purpose of the VIVA is to view student work for assessment, and not to provide feedback. It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that they have the required assessment material available for presentation to the panel at the nominated time. If a student is unable to present for the VIVA at the nominated time then it is that student’s responsibility to arrange a swap with another student beforehand and advise the conveners of the new arrangement.
Keep in mind that larger files may not play or load smoothly from some data storage devices and will need to be first loaded onto the local drive of the presentation computer before they can be properly viewed. Students may opt to pre-load content onto a computer in the nominated VIVA space before the day of the VIVA rather than bring the content on a thumb drive, portable hard drive or data disc.
Students who miss a VIVA must provide appropriate documentation to explain their absence or risk being awarded a fail grade for the entire studio component of their program.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Major Work in Animation
Production of a major work is to be developed and resolved using the foundation and framework provided by the Independent Work Proposal. The work should be substantial and significant with respect to its treatment and demonstrated engagement with digital media processes, concepts and historical, cultural and technical contexts. The work may take various forms depending on the materials and processes employed.
- All work must be submitted in the appropriate format to the appropriate folder or folders in the Animation and Video drop-box on the Department of Photography and Media Arts server space (pmashare01). Examples of file formats include (but are not restricted to): image files (.jpg, .png, .tif etc), video files (.mov, .mp4, .avi etc), audio files (.wav, .mp3, .aiff etc) and working files (.mb, .nk, .fcp etc)
- All work must be available for presentation on screen at presentations, mid-semester review and VIVA examination.
Estimated return date: Generally within two weeks of assessment item submission.
Demonstrate a range of fundamental technical skills in digital animation
Expertly demonstrates a range of fundamental technical skills
Successfully demonstrates a range of fundamental technical skills
Moderately successful in demonstrating a range of fundamental technical skills
Minimally successful in demonstrating a range of fundamental technical skills
Does not demonstrate a range of fundamental technical skills
Explores a range of basic materials and processes in digital animation
Expertly explores materials and processes
Successfully explores materials and processes
Moderately successful in exploring materials and processes
Minimally successful in exploring materials and processes
Does not explore materials and processes
Shows basic awareness of historical and theoretical contexts relevant to digital animation
Shows basic awareness of historical and theoretical contexts of own work and critically reflects on and synthesises key material
Shows basic awareness of historical and theoretical contexts of own work and critically reflects on key material
Shows basic awareness of historical and theoretical contexts of own work and reflects on key material
Can show basic awareness of historical and theoretical contexts
Cannot show basic awareness of historical and theoretical contexts
Exploits the characteristics of materials and processes in an individual way
Expertly exploits the characteristics of materials and processes in an individual way
Successfully exploits the characteristics of materials and processes in an individual way
Moderately successful in exploiting the characteristics of materials and processes in an individual way
Minimally successful in exploiting the characteristics of materials and processes in an individual way
Does not exploit the characteristics of materials and processes in an individual way
Demonstrates understanding of the importance of critical and self-reflective practice
Expertly demonstrates understanding of the importance of critical and self-reflective practice
Successfully demonstrates understanding of the importance of critical and self-reflective practice
Moderately successful in demonstrating understanding of the importance of critical and self-reflective practice
Minimally successful in demonstrating understanding of the importance of critical and self-reflective practice
Does not demonstrate understanding of the importance of critical and self-reflective practice
Identify and develop personal topics for individual research
Expertly identifies and develops personal topics for individual research
Successfully identifies and develops personal topics for individual research
Moderately successful in identifying and developing personal topics for individual research
Minimally successful in identifying and developing personal topics for individual research
Does not identify and develop personal topics for individual research
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6
Research and Development Portfolio
(i) Independent Work Proposal Worth 30% of overall assessment.
The aim of this assessment task is to develop the student’s ability to effectively plan, communicate, reflect and present the conceptual thinking and developmental processes pertaining to their engagement with the major work. You are required to develop an independent work proposal. The proposal should identify an aspect of animation that you would like to explore and develop through the production of a major work (assessment task 1). The proposal should describe the nature of the work in terms of themes, processes and output. The proposal should include a storyboard or concept sketches that clearly show the creative processes relevant to your work, i.e.: colour palette, graphic detail, composition etc. Final output may be still or moving image. The work will be developed and produced in consultation with the lecturer. Please refer to the course Wattle page for additional resources and assessment criteria.
Guidelines for Developing Work Proposals
In writing a Work Proposal students are expected to state the aims of the proposal and the means intended to achieve their goals within the semester (or a shorter period if appropriate). This statement remains on record in the Workshop and is the basis for critical feedback, advice and assistance from staff, and is referred to at mid-semester review and end of semester assessment (examination).
In organising their proposal, students should refer to the following headings, and to address such questions as:
Aims/subject of the proposal
- What is the nature of the work you are proposing?
- What is the subject matter of the work?
- How many works do you intend to produce for this project?
- What weighting do you intend to apply to the works?
- What’s the historical or conceptual basis for your ideas?
- How will you go about developing these ideas, and what visual material and other research will be involved?
Methods and materials
- What methods and materials do you intend to use?
- What new skills do you need to develop?
- Give an outline and plan of your work in relation to the time available
- Provide drawings, diagrams, related visual and research material which may be useful in developing your proposal, ie concept sketches, storyboard, animatics etc
- See weekly schedule
Students should discuss the development of this proposal with their lecturer.
The approved Work Proposal provides the basis for the Workshop Assessment procedures
Word limit (where applicable): 1000 words
- All content should be clearly labelled and annotated where applicable. Students are required to gather, collect, assemble, document and present a range of material that reflects their investigation, exploration and planning of concepts and processes in this course. The final submission should provide an extensive and coherent documentation of all aspects of creative and technical decision making throughout the semester in all areas of the course.
Estimated return date: Week 4
(ii) Research + Development Blog Worth 10% of overall assessment.
The task is comprised of a suite of online posts contained within a personal blog or portfolio. It is expected that the blog/portfolio will not contain just the documentation of the IWP, but also related content that provides a clear indication of a broader engagement with contemporary digital and visual culture. For example, appropriate material might include: video clips of films, presentations, lectures, tutorials and documentation; articles, essays, reviews and opinion pieces; artistic and creative objects such as artworks, memes and digital artefacts. The preferred application for blogs/portfolios is either Tumblr or Pinterest. Please refer to the course Wattle page for additional resources and assessment criteria.
Analysis of the application of theoretical knowledge and/or practical skills
Critically analyses and evaluates application of theoretical knowledge and practical skills
Analyses and evaluates the application of theoretical knowledge and practical skills
Analyses application of theoretical knowledge and practical skills
Attempts to analyses application of theoretical knowledge and practical skills
Analysis of the way theoretical knowledge or practical skills are applied to work is not evident
Reflect on independent research
High level of critical reflection clearly identifiable
Significant critical reflection is evident
Attempts at critical reflection are evident
Reflection is evident but with minimal critique
No reflection evident
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In cases where assessment material is digitally produced, the default form of submission should be online, using Wattle where appropriate. Assignments are submitted using the course Wattle site. Submitted assignments must include the cover sheet provided on Wattle.
In the case of larger format files of the type typically produced in digital media production, however, submission of assessment material should be to the appropriate folder or folders in the Department of Photography and Media Arts server drop-box. Please keep a copy of all submitted assessment items for your records.
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