Undergraduate Course: Animating Stories (DESI10135)
|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||Animating Stories is designed to engage students with narrative form and structure and how these can be explored in and through animation techniques. Using either personal memory, literary adaptation or poetry, students will combine animation theory with practice to create and test their storytelling skills in preparation for later projects. Topics such as animation and metaphor, memory and adaptation will be studied to give greater context within animation to better understand how to create and produce original animation.
Animating Stories will develop the students' understanding of creating and using narrative devices to produce animations which draw from either memories, adapted texts, or poetry. By using an existing story outline, students can experiment with form and technique and test it within a specific format. By combining lectures and workshops, students will consider what it means to re-imagine another author's characters; interpret poetry; confront their own ephemeral memories. What animation styles and techniques best suit the fluid nature of these stories? How can you develop an existing character for a new audience? Can sound affect the meaning of the visual? Students will address these questions through a short animated film and reflective journal.
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 5,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 8,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Formative Assessment Hours 2,
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 of assessment:
5 minute film (70%)
1500 word reflective journal (30%)
These are assessed across all LOs with all LOs 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:
- Demonstrate a critical knowledge and understanding of using narrative forms and structures to create animation.
- Apply animation skills to execute a creative and original film using a range of techniques.
- Critically review your process and outcome through a reflective journal
|Understanding Animation (1998), Paul Wells, Routledge, London.|
The Animation Studies Reader (2018) Dobson, Honess Roe, Ruddell, Ratelle (Ed) Bloomsbury, NY.
Emotion in Animated Films (2019) Uhrig, M (Ed) Routledge, London.
'Now a Major Motion Picture: Film Adaptations of Literature and Drama. (2008) Geraghty, C. Rowman and Littlefield, Lanham.
Animated Recollection and Spectatorial Experience in Waltz with Bashir (2011) Landesman, O and Bendor, R. Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Volume 6. Sage.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Critical thinking, analytical thinking, communication, research skills, documentation
|Course organiser||Dr Nichola Dobson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5964
|Course secretary||Mr Hugh Black
Tel: (0131 6)51 5926