Undergraduate Course: The Language of Animation (DESI08147)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The Language of Animation is designed to develop the student's understanding and application of pre-production methods in animation. The course examines the tools used to create and develop animation, in the pre-production stage such as storyboarding, creating animatics and using animation specific narrative devices. Using a combination of lectures and practical workshops, the course will enable students to consider the vital iterative stages of animation production and some of the theories which underpin them.
The Language of Animation will develop the students understanding of the process of making animation by taking a focused approach to the pre-production stage of creating animated film. The course will examine the theory and history of editing and cinematography within the broader scope of screen grammar and apply these methods to working examples. What happens when different shots are used? What animation-specific techniques can be used to develop narrative? What can the storyboard and animatic do to aid the overall animation production?
Students will consider the points raised above, exploring them in a short critically reflective essay and a portfolio of animation tests.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 4,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 12,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||The course has two components for assessment:
Portfolio of research and film tests assessed against learning outcomes 1 and 2.
Short critically reflective essay (800 words) assessed against learning outcome 3.
All learning outcomes are weighted equally.
||Formative presentations will be made in class at the mid point of the course (week 6) with verbal feedback given by course tutors and peers. Written feedback will be given on the summative submission within 15 days of submission.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify a variety of pre-production processes by notation of ideas, and development of drawn work in sketchbooks.
- Explore the qualities of a range of pre-production techniques and/or materials found within moving image work.
- Critically evaluate a selection of animation pre-production techniques within your work.
|"Understanding Animation" (1998) Paul Wells, Routledge|
"The Fundamentals of Animation" (2nd Ed. 2016) Paul Wells and Samantha Moore.
"Film Art: An Introduction" (2010) David Bordwell and Kristen Thompson, McGraw Hill
"Grammar of the Edit" (4th Ed 2018) Christopher J Bowen, Routledge
"Prepare to Board! Creating Story and Character for Animated Features and Shorts (3rd Ed 2017) Nancy Beiman. CRC Press, Boca Raton.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Critical thinking, analytical thinking, communication, research skills, documentation
|Course organiser||Mrs Rachel Everitt
Tel: (0131 6)51 5964
|Course secretary||Mr Hugh Black
Tel: (0131 6)51 5926