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Undergraduate Course: Animation 1A Introduction (DESI08078)

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. The course provides fundamental technical and conceptual knowledge and understanding that is vital for sustained practice as an animator.
Course description 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)
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. INVESTIGATE: Demonstrate an initial engagement with a range of animation methods, principles, and techniques.
  2. COMPARE: Demonstrate the ability to examine similarities and differences between a range of animation methods and techniques.
  3. DOCUMENT: Demonstrate the ability to record ideas, describe methods, and collect sources of information.
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
KeywordsAnimation,Film,Research,Collaboration,Teamwork,Production Processes
Course organiserMrs Rachel Everitt
Tel: (0131 6)51 5964
Course secretaryMiss Karolina Mazur
Tel: (0131 6)51 5712
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