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Undergraduate Course: Animation 2B Narrative (DESI08076)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will develop students┐ understanding of key animation principles, methods and techniques to an advanced level, building on student learning already undertaken in Animation 1A Character. The course provides fundamental animation-specific knowledge and understanding that is vital for sustained practice as an animator.
Course description This advanced animation course that focuses upon the rapid prototyping of film ideas, and an exploration of animated performance and interplay between characters.

The course will cover:

Historical and contemporary precedents in short and ultra-short form filmmaking
Historical and contemporary precedents in story breakdown, narrative structure, screen grammar, composition and layout of shots
Historical and contemporary precedents in character design and development
Technical workshops in subjects including composition, rapid animation production methods, 3D pre-visualisation techniques, and layout
Film dissemination and distribution practices

This course will comprise multiple projects, usually, but not exclusively, three, students will receive verbal feedback during each project, but they will receive written feedback upon a portfolio submission of all available projects in a formative assessment that takes place in the middle of the semester, and a final portfolio submission for summative assessment at the end of the semester.

Illustrative examples of possible projects include (but are not limited to): 24-hour creation of short films for online dissemination; practices of literary adaptation; reinterpretation and re-imagining of classic film scenes; exploration of non-verbal communication modes.

Documentation of collaborative process, development of ideas, research, and self-reflection will come from the on-going design journals submitted alongside completed films.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Animation 1A Introduction (DESI08078) AND Animation 1B Principles (DESI08077)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements The pre-requisites above are for continuing Animation students from first year
For direct-entry second-year students: no pre-requisites
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.
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. PLAN: Demonstrate the ability to generate a range of appropriate, time-sensitive approaches for animation production.
  2. DEVELOP: Demonstrate the ability to build a diverse range of practical and material methods of animation.
  3. PRESENT: Communicate personal creative processes and results of animation practice in an appropriately professional manner.
Reading List
Purves, B. Basics Animation 04 Stop Motion. AVA Publishing (2010)
Pikkov, U. Animasophy. Estonian Academy of Arts (2010)
Palamar, T. Mastering Maya 2016. Autodesk Official Press (2015)
Adobe Creative Team. Adobe After Effects CC Classroom In A Book. Adobe (2013)
Katz, S. Film Directing Shot By Shot. Michael Wiese Productions (1991)
Proferes, N. Film Directing Fundamentals. Focal Press (2001)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Organisation, evaluation, problem solving, self-reflection, critical thinking, collaboration, practical camera, lighting, sound recording and non-linear editing skills, creative understanding of cinematic grammar and production technologies, creative and organisational flexibility.
KeywordsAnimation,Film,Research,Collaboration,Teamwork,Composition,Layout,Character Design,Pre-Visualisation
Course organiserMr Alan Mason
Tel: 0131 221 6135
Course secretaryMiss Karolina Mazur
Tel: (0131 6)51 5712
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