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Undergraduate Course: Animation 2C Documentary (DESI08075)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will teach students how to collaboratively research, produce, and disseminate non-fiction film. It pulls together students from a variety of disciplines and allows them to play to their subject specific strengths, while gaining knowledge of how practitioners in other areas can enhance their engagement with their own subject areas.
Course description This is a core course for animation students, but an elective for students outside of animation.

The course will cover:

Documentary form and principle
Historical and contemporary precedents
Ethical practice in research
Risk assessment
Collaborative and reflective practice
Data visualisation
Interview technique
Compositing technique
Sound recording technique
Editing technique
Production scheduling and management
Film promotion
Distribution & Dissemination

The students will attend a series of lectures and screenings as individuals that cover the theoretical, historical and ethical issues around the emergent conventions of animated documentary. Seminars following on from these lectures will centre on principles of interdisciplinary collaboration, and then the students will be required to form teams that embody a range of practical and theoretical skills, i.e. no one subject area team. The course from this point on will consist of teamwork in the initiation of project ideas, their proof through research, and eventual realisation in a documentary film. The practical processes of film making will be explored in technical workshops, and master classes by invited practitioners and researchers. The weight of teaching will fall equally between the Film & TV and the Animation departments. Films will be assessed as a shared document of process for each team, but individual students will be required to maintain a reflective journal that details their contribution to the film and evaluates their performance on the course.

Outputs could be related to the research done by the students themselves, or they could opt to work in a more service capacity to communicate the research of others within the university, particularly funded research projects.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs No additional costs to students beyond basic animation materials.

Students will be required to provide:
Drawing and painting materials (pens, pencils, crayons, charcoal, markers, paper, sketch pads for example.)
Sculpting materials (wire, modelling clay, balsa wood for example.)
Animation supplies (Peg bar, animation paper and cels for example.)

The list above is an example, and is by no means exhaustive.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Collaborate: Work effectively with practitioners from a range of subject areas
  2. Initiate: Produce viable, ethical, project proposals from research questions
  3. Realise: Develop project proposals for documentary film through to finished film artefacts
  4. Reflect: Evaluate personal strengths, and areas for improvement related to performance on project
Reading List
Honess Roe, B. Animated Documentary. Palgrave Macmilan (2013)
Kriger, J. Animated Realism. Focal Press (2012)
Finke, T. & Manger, S. Informotion. Geschtalten (2012)
Films & DVDs
Bass, S. Why Man Creates. Pyramid Media (1968)
Eames, R. & Eames, C. Powers Of Ten. IBM (1977)
Popova, M. Animating Reality. A&E Video (2010)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Organisation, planning, interpersonal, evaluative, problem solving, research, ethical awareness, self reflection, critical thinking, collaborative, practical camera, lights, recording skills, non linear editing, cinematic grammar, creative use of technology.
Course organiserMr Jared Taylor
Tel: (0131 6)51 5964
Course secretaryMiss Karolina Mazur
Tel: (0131 6)51 5712
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