Undergraduate Course: Animation 1A Introduction (DESI08078)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course will serve as a basic primer in key animation principles, production methods and techniques. The course provides fundamental technical and conceptual knowledge and understanding that is vital for sustained practice as an animator.
This is a basic course in animation, an introduction to key principles and methods within the discipline.
The course will cover:
An introduction to historical and contemporary precedents in animation, proto-animation and optical toys.
An introduction to historical and contemporary precedents in animation technologies.
Introduce the range of production methods possible within animation practice.
Introduction to comparative analysis and evaluation of method.
Introduction to collaborative and reflective creative practices.
Introduction to online journals and digitisation of sketchpad contents.
This course will comprise multiple projects, usually four, 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, summatively assessed portfolio submission at the end of the semester.
Illustrative examples of possible projects include (but are not limited to): making balls bounce on paper and in CGI, developing emotion through movement, using stop frame camera techniques, planning and scoping animation projects.
Development of projects, and evaluation of production method and personal performance, will be documented through online journals.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||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|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- INVESTIGATE: Demonstrate an initial engagement with a range of animation methods, principles, and techniques.
- COMPARE: Demonstrate the ability to examine similarities and differences between a range of animation methods and techniques.
- DOCUMENT: Demonstrate the ability to record ideas, describe methods, and collect sources of information.
|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)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Documentation, organisation, systematisation, reflection, analysis, evaluation, creativity
|Course organiser||Mrs Rachel Everitt
Tel: (0131 6)51 5964
|Course secretary||Miss Karolina Mazur
Tel: (0131 6)51 5712