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Undergraduate Course: Animation 1B Principles (DESI08077)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will serve as a basic primer in key animation principles, production methods and techniques. Following on from Animation 1A Introduction, the course further builds and expands fundamental technical and conceptual knowledge and understanding that is vital for sustained practice as an animator.
Course description This course will cover:

An exploration of concepts around future technologies and methods of animation production and consumption
Technical workshops that introduce the concepts of looped and layered animation and composition
Introduction to notions of sustainable production, and re-use of assets
Introduction to making and working with sound recordings
Introduction to methods and processes of implied animation

This course will comprise multiple projects, usually four, but not exclusively. 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, assessed portfolio summative submission at the end of the semester.

Illustrative examples of possible projects include (but are not limited to): walk cycles, syncopation, repetitive animation, cycles, loops, recombination of images, and movement. The emphasis will be on long-form film, working with scenes and shots as separate constituent parts of a visual narrative.

Development of these projects, and evaluation of production method and of personal performance, will be documented through the introduction of online journals, supplemented with the provision of clearly cited reference sources both textual and visual.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
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.
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. DEVELOP: Demonstrate an ability to improve competence and efficiency with various animation techniques.
  2. EXTEND: Demonstrate creative ambition and imagination in producing animated film work in response to project briefs.
  3. COLLATE: Demonstrate the ability to collate and communicate relevant and diverse sources for research.
Reading List
Wells, P. The Fundamentals of Animation. AVA Publishing (2006)
Williams, R. The Animator's Survival Kit. Revised Edition. Faber & Faber (2009)
Van Sijll, J. Cinematic Storytelling: The 100 Most Powerful Film Conventions Every Filmmaker Must Know. Michael Wiese Productions (2005)
Rousseau, D. and B. Philips. Storyboarding Essentials, SCAD Creative Essentials. Watson Guptill (2013)
Muybridge, E. The Human Figure In Motion. Dover Publications (1955)
Heil, L. Animation Sketchbooks. Thames & Hudson (2013)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Documentation, organisation, systematisation, reflection, analysis, evaluation, creativity
Course organiserMrs Rachel Everitt
Tel: (0131 6)51 5964
Course secretaryMiss Karolina Mazur
Tel: (0131 6)51 5712
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