Animation (BA)


2014-2015 UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG
Effective 1 June 2014?31 May 2015

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This program offered by School of Communications/Electronic and Photographic Media Department

Program Description

The BA in animation offers students the opportunity to learn core principles and techniques focusing on storytelling, motion, drawing, performance and expression through traditional and digital forms. Each student will undertake an intensive course of study including character animation, experimental concepts, fine art techniques and diverse applications, building a strong, global foundation before embarking upon an eventual area of concentration.

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Learning Outcomes

Successful graduates of the Animation program will be able to:

  • create animation with fundamental and technical proficiency
  • express visual concepts artistically
  • integrate storytelling and performance
  • synthesize theory and practice creating animation from a global perspective.

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Portfolio Review Course Requirements

  • ANIM 1000 Animation I
  • ANIM 2000 Advanced Animation
  • ANIM 4620 Senior Overview or
  • MEDC 4950 Internship

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Petition to Proceed with Senior Overview

Students who are not pursuing an internship (MEDC 4950) during their senior year must submit a Petition to Proceed with Senior Overview for review and approval.  This petition must include a comprehensive statement of intent for completing an animated short. Students will qualify for this overview after completion of the following courses or their equivalents, submission of the midway portfolio review, and senior status:

  • ANIM 3020 Story Development
  • ANIM 4010 Character Design
  • ANIM 4020 Storyboarding

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Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 63 required credit hours
  • Applicable university global citizenship or general education program hours
  • Electives

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Required Courses

  • ANIM 1000 Animation I (3 hours)
  • EPMD 1000 Introduction to Media Production (3 hours)
  • ANIM 1010 Animation II (3 hours)
  • ANIM 1020 3D Animation Production: Core Concepts (3 hours) 
  • MEDC 1010 Introduction to Mass Communications (3 hours)
  • ART 1110 Introduction to Drawing (3 hours)
  • ANIM 2000 Advanced Animation (3 hours)
  • FLST 2070 History of Animation (3 hours)
  • MEDC 2200 Ethics in the Media (3 hours)
  • ANIM 3010 Voicing Your Creation (3 hours)
  • ANIM 3020 Story Development (3 hours)
  • ANIM 4010 Character Design (3 hours)
  • ANIM 4020 Storyboarding (3 hours)
  • MEDC 4100 The Law and the Media (3 hours)
  • ANIM 4700 Professional Development in Animation (3 hours)
  • ANIM 4620 Senior Overview* (3 hours)
    or MEDC 4950 Internship (3 hours)

* Capstone Course

A minimum of 18 credit hours must be chosen from the following:

  • ANIM 2010 Experimental Animation (3 hours)
  • ANIM 2030 Introduction to 3D Animation (3 hours)
  • ANIM 3030 Visual Storytelling (3 hours)
  • ANIM 3040 Comic Book Creation (3 hours)
  • ANIM 3150 Special Topics in Animation (3 hours)
  • ANIM 3200 Intermediate 3D Animation (3 hours)
  • ANIM 4200 Advanced 3D Animation (3 hours)
  • ART 1120 Principles of Drawing (3 hours)
  • ART 2110 Figure Drawing (3 hours)
  • ART 2120 Intermediate Drawing (3 hours)
  • SCPT 3500 Writing Screenplays For Film (3 hours)

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