ANIM - Animation

Course Descriptions

ANIM 1000 Animation I (3)

Students learn the basic elements of animation, with emphasis on traditional processes, techniques, and styles employed in creating the illusion of movement on motion media. This is a drawing heavy course that will focus on the principles of animation.

ANIM 1010 Animation II (3)

Students further expand upon the foundation built in Animation I by learning the basics of syncing audio and creating soundtracks for animation. Animation principles will be reviewed and honed. This is a drawing heavy course that will combine theory, lectures and hands-on experience. Prerequisite: ANIM 1000 and ART 1110.

ANIM 2000 Advanced Animation (3)

Students learn full animation production for creating an animated short. Advanced exercises in movement and expression will be explored. This is a drawing heavy course that will combine theory, lectures and hands-on experience. Prerequisite: ANIM 1010 and ART 1110.

ANIM 2010 Experimental Animation (3)

Students learn the potential of animation as a fine art medium. Experimentation is encouraged, utilizing a wide range of techniques towards producing individual and group projects. Current and past works are screened and discussed in class.

ANIM 2030 Introduction to 3-D Animation (3)

Students apply and incorporate the principles and techniques of animation in a comprehensive exploration of current 3-D software applications. Students learn how to integrate 3D animation into storytelling contexts and practical applications. Prerequisites: ANIM 1010 and ANIM 2000 for majors OR VIDE 1810 and INTM 2200 for non-majors OR permission of the instructor.

ANIM 3010 Voicing Your Creation (3)

Students learn the art of the voiceover for animation with an in depth exploration of acting techniques and delivery. Additionally students create and work with sound effects and soundtracks and how they relate to motion, timing, performance and the composition as a whole. This class reviews the work of a wide range of voice talents and composers within several different genres. Prerequisites: ANIM 2000, OR permission of the instructor.

ANIM 3020 Story Development (3)

Students create both short form and long form stories designed for animation. Understanding story development, expression of story into storyboards, and the successful collaboration among the variety of disciplines to create an engaging animation are important elements of this class. Prerequisites: ANIM 2000 OR permission of the instructor.

ANIM 3030 Visual Storytelling (3)

The expression of stories, compositional psychology and film theory and practice are covered in this class. Students analyze past examples of the language of filmmaking and apply them to the art of the storyboard: ART 1110 and ANIM 3020, OR permission of the instructor.

ANIM 3040 Comic Book Creation (3)

Students learn a step-by step introduction to comic book publication. This course will address the basics of concept development, storytelling, cartooning, penciling, inking, color, layout, publishing and distribution within the comic book industry. Prerequisites: ART 1110 OR permission of the instructor. May be repeated if content varies.

ANIM 3150 Special Topics in Animation (1-3)

This course is designed to periodically offer feature topics in animation not covered by regularly offered courses.  Topics will be dedicated to narrow aspects of the discipline, time dependent materials, or guest lecturers.  May be repeated for credit, if content differs. Prerequisites may vary with topic. 

ANIM 3200 Intermediate 3D Animation (3)

This class continues the subject matter introduced in ANIM 2030. Students will be exposed to the more advanced tools and techniques used in 3D animation production for Film, Video, and Games. Prerequisites: ANIM 2030.

ANIM 4010 Character Design (3)

Students explore an in depth study of the character in multiple styles, genres and eras, bringing to life known as well as original characters onto model sheets for critique and discussion. These studies will factor in costuming, period research and artistic skills. Prerequisites: ART 2010, OR permission of the instructor.

ANIM 4020 Storyboarding (3)

Scene blocking, visual character development, and an overall aesthetic to the animation applied in this class. Students apply the unique art of creating detailed storyboards for animation, including their importance in collaborating with the director, computer animators, sound designers, and talent in producing a successful animation. Prerequisite: ART 1110, ANIM 3030, OR permission of the instructor.

ANIM 4200 Advanced 3-D Animation (3)

This class expands upon the advanced tools and techniques introduced in ANIM 3200. Prerequisites: ANIM 3200.

ANIM 4620 Senior Overview (3-6)

This course provides an opportunity for seniors to demonstrate their proficiency in a selected area of animation. The student assumes responsibility for the production of a project under the direction of a faculty member. The projects can be collaborative and must demonstrate creative strategies using 2-D or 3-D animation. Prerequisites: senior standing, acceptance of the petition to proceed with senior overview, AND permission of the instructor.

ANIM 4700 Professional Development in Animation (3)

Students are guided through the process of building a portfolio online. A demo reel will also be compiled upon completion of the class. Interview strategies, hiring trends and networking will be discussed. Current work will be compiled, tweaked and polished. Prerequisites: junior standing.

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