Undergraduate Course: Animation 3B: Experimental Animation (DESI10096)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course is designed to encourage animation students to think beyond the norms of commercial animation whether for consumption via cinema, TV or internet, or indeed to consider whether it appears on a screen at all. It requires thinking structurally and systematically about animated film and looking beyond established forms of narrative and characterisation, and encourages rigour in documentation and analysis of experiments.
This is an advanced animation course that requires students to establish ways of working with animated film that enable them to develop a portfolio of animation tests. Working with methods and materials that are by now familiar to them, students will use these to develop a systematic range of experiments with content and structure.
The course will cover:
Developing a plan for experimentation
How to work iteratively
Documentation of inquiry
Conventions in film structure and cinematic grammar
Off screen animation
Site specific animation
Workshops in procedural and automatic generation of narrative
Non-linear animation, loops, boils and cycles
This course will comprise one project, with three distinct components, where students will be required to develop and present a plan for a series of animation experiments, carry out those experiments, document the individual experiments, and amalgamate those results into a film which communicates their inquiry to a larger audience.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| This course is only available to students on a Degree Programme in the School of Design
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Only available to visiting students in the Design School
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 5,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 15,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 20,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||100% Coursework, comprising:
33.3% Research plan. (1200 - 1500 words)
33.3% Animation experiments carried out, and their documentation. (4 animation experiments (film tests) and 800-1000 words documentation)
33.3% Final film demonstrating process and findings of experimentation. (2 - 3 minutes' duration)
Formative assessment at midpoint of semester, summative assessment at end of semester.
Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:
LO1 only is used to assess the Research Plan
LO2 only is used to assess the Animation Experiments
LO3 only is used to assess the Final film
All Learning Outcomes weighted equally.
||1. Group presentations and crits for verbal feedback from peers and staff at the midpoint of experiments;
2. Documentation of individual feedback and indicative grades via VLE for formative assessment at the midpoint of course;
3. Documentation of individual feedback and final grades via VLE for summative assessment at the end of course;
4. Self-evaluation is also carried out by student at formative and summative submission points and hosted on VLE
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- PLAN: Demonstrate the ability to develop a planned, systematic approach to animation research.
- DOCUMENT: Demonstrate the ability to record and analyse evidence of planned experimentation.
- INFORM: Demonstrate the ability to communicate the results of research through animated film. 5. ASSESSMENT AND EXAMINATION INFORMATION
|Rees, A. L. A History of Experimental Film and Video Palgrave Macmilan (2011)|
Mercado, G. The Filmmaker's Eye: Learning (and Breaking) the Rules of Cinematic Composition Focal Press (2017)
Bowen, C. & Thompson, R. Grammar of the Shot Focal Press (2013)
Dobson, T. The Film Work of Norman McLaren John Libbey Publishing (2007)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Project planning, research structuring, communication of complex ideas and processes, systematic
|Keywords||animation,experimental,documentation of inquiry,research planning
|Course organiser||Mr Jared Taylor
Tel: (0131 6)51 5964
|Course secretary||Mr Hugh Black
Tel: (0131 6)51 5926