• Class Number 2904
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Lucien Leon
  • 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
    • Kristian Akhurst
SELT Survey Results

Animation is an elective course that introduces students to skills, techniques and processes in 2D and 3D. Conceptual and thematic issues are addressed, and occupational health and safety instruction is included. The course is studio-based and students primarily develop individual projects in consultation with their lecturer.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Demonstrate creative control of techniques, technologies and equipment used in the discipline
  2. Demonstrate the creative analysis and exploration of materials and processes
  3. Show a critical awareness of historical and theoretical contexts relevant to the course
  4. Exploit the characteristics of materials and processes in an individual and conceptually developed way
  5. Demonstrate understanding of the importance of critical, analytical and self-reflective practice
  6. Apply concepts and techniques to the development of resolved works of art
  7. Identify and develop personal topics for individual research
  8. Demonstrate adherence to OH & S requirements and procedures

Research-Led Teaching

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

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

Staff Feedback

Assessment includes periodic critique and review sessions that provide ongoing feedback on work in progress.

Student Feedback

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.

Other Information

Referencing requirements

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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Course and Assessment overview Task 1 Task 2-i
2 IWP Presentations* Task 2-i DUE Task 2-ii Task 2-iii
3 Refined IWP discussion (submission in week 6)*
4 Production (commence)*
5 Production (continued)*
6 REVIEW* Task 2-ii DUE
7 Supervised studio session*
8 ANZAC DAY (time made up throughout semester in extended classes - classes marked with an asterisk (*) indicate a class time extended by 30 minutes)
9 Supervised studio session*
10 Supervised studio session*
11 Supervised studio session
12 Post Production and Wrap up Task 2-iii DUE NB: Task 1 DUE during the VIVA EXAMINATION period

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Major work in Animation 80 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Research and Development Portfolio 20 % 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


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

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 Examination

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

Value: 80 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
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.

Value: 60%

Presentation requirements:

  • 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.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 31/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6

Research and Development Portfolio

(i) Independent Work Proposal (draft) (ii) Independent Work Proposal (refined) (iii) Research + Development Blog

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 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. 

Task 2-i constitutes the first part of IWP development. A first draft is to be presented in week 2 to the class as a 5-minute presentation, with 5 minutes given to lecturer and peer feedback.

Task 2-ii constitutes the second part of IWP development. In response to feedback offered in 2-i, a draft is to be prepared for discussion with the lecturer in week 3. A final, refined draft is to be submitted in Week 6.

Worth 10% of overall assessment.

Task 2-iii 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.

Worth 10% of overall assessment.

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?

Research/working process

  • 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

Visual Materials

  • 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

Value: 20%

Presentation requirements:

  • 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 13



Creative control of techniques, processes, technologies and equipment 

Always demonstrates extensive control in use of techniques, processes, equipment and technologies in relation to personal research area

Consistently demonstrates competence in use of techniques, processes, equipment and technologies in relation to personal research area

Demonstrates competence in use of techniques, processes, equipment and technologies in relation to personal research area

Demonstrate control in use of techniques, processes, equipment and technologies in relation to personal research area

Control below standards in relation to personal research area

critical analysis and exploration of materials and processes

Can explain and critically evaluate a range of concepts and techniques and how these relate to materials, in work and/or through discussion

Can explain a range of concepts and techniques and how these relate to materials, in work and/or through discussion

Can explain introduced concepts and techniques and how these relate to materials, in work and/or through discussion

Can explain introduced concepts and techniques in work and/or through discussion

Concepts and techniques not explained

critical analysis and developed understanding of historical and theoretical contexts

High level of awareness and analysis is evident 

Significant Level of awareness and analysis is evident 

A competent level of awareness and analysis is evident 

Awareness and analysis of relevant historical and theoretical contexts evident  

Insufficient awareness of historical and theoretical contexts

Innovatively exploit the characteristics of materials and processes individually and conceptually

Work/examples innovatively, individually and conceptually combine the characteristics of material, process, idea or technique as relevant to the area

Work/examples demonstrate an innovative and individual understanding of many of the characteristics or ways in which materials, processes, ideas or techniques of the area can be effectively combined or used

Work/examples demonstrate a competent understanding of some combinations or characteristics or uses of material, process, idea or technique, as relevant to the area

Understanding of area demonstrated in work/examples

Incomplete or flawed body of work/examples

understanding of the importance of critical and self-reflective practice

Productive reflection connected to studio practice

Significant reflection 

Consistent reflection

Reflects on issues in the discipline

Insufficient awareness of issues

Concepts and techniques applied to developing resolved art

Work creatively combines concepts with materials, process, idea or technique as relevant to the area

Work demonstrates a competent understanding of many of the ways in which materials, processes, ideas or techniques of the area can be combined or used

Work demonstrates a competent understanding of some combinations or uses of material, process, idea or technique, as relevant to the area

Understanding of area demonstrated in work

Incomplete or flawed body of work

Develop personal topic for research

The research area is clearly defined, the scope of the project is clearly explained and the concepts are critically engaged with

The research area is clearly defined and relevant theories are understood and explained

The research area is competently defined and relevant theories are understood

The research area is defined and relevant theories are identified

The research area is unclear and relevant theoretical context is not identified

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

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.

Hardcopy Submission

Any physical assessment submissions can be submitted directly to the lecturer, who will collect this material for later return to the student once assessed. All physical assessment submissions must include a cover sheet that includes the student’s name, the date, the course title, the course code and the name of the assessment item. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Any physical work will be returned to the student directly by the lecturer upon completion of assessment. In those cases where this is not possible, work can be collected directly from the lecturer throughout the duration of the semester, up until the end of the examination period.  

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Students may, in consultation with the lecturer, resubmit any previously submitted assessment item throughout the duration of the semester, up until – but not beyond – the VIVA examination date, and without the need for accompanying supporting documentation. Students wishing to submit any assessment item after the VIVA examination date will be required to seek the approval of the Head of Department and also provide appropriate supporting documentation, such as a medical certificate from a health professional.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Lucien Leon

Research Interests

Rapid ani+vid production, Political cartooning, Online culture

Dr Lucien Leon

Kristian Akhurst

Research Interests

Kristian Akhurst

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