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
Indicative AssessmentMajor Work in Animation (60%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Research and development portfolio (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 5, 6]
Assessment includes periodic critique and review sessions that provide ongoing feedback on work in progress.
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks: lectures, tutorials, critiques and supervised studio practice; and b) 82 hours of independent studio practice, reading and writing.
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