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Undergraduate Course: 3D and Animated Design (ARCH10039)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces techniques and theory used in 3D modelling and animation and it provides a good foundation for further work in this area (e.g. game development).
Course description The context of the course provides an overview of 3D practice and CGI in composite renderings, animations and games through discussion of economy and detail, texturing, materials, lighting etc. In the second half of the course students will research animation techniques, which includes aspects of cinematography and visual narrative alongside the use of timelines and scripted processes. Practical work includes modelling and rendering objects and environments, which are subsequently animated. The course is delivered through a series of lectures, tutorials, demonstrations, clinics and class-based critique of practical exercises and coursework submissions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis course is only open to students on an approved exchange with ESALA.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of professional 3D design and animation contexts
  2. Demonstrate, through collaborative creative practice, knowledge and understanding of the skills, techniques and practices applicable to 3D design and animation
  3. Demonstrate ability to critically analyse, develop an original response to, and critically appraise your individual contribution to a defined project brief
Reading List
Barrett E. 1995. Contextual Media: Multimedia and Interpretation, MIT, Cambridge.

Bradley, Cantrell and Yates, Natalie B. 2012. Modeling the Environment: techniques and tools for the 3D illustration of dynamic landscapes. Wiley, Hoboken, NJ.

Buchan, Suzanne. 2013. Pervasive Animation. Routledge, London.

Chapman, N. and Chapman, J. 2004. Digital Multimedia. Wiley.

Derakhshani, Dariush. 2015. Introducing Autodesk Maya 2016. Sybex, Indianapolis. ***

King, Roger. 2014. 3D Animation for the Raw Beginner: Using Maya. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.

Lansdown, John and Simon Schofield. 1995. Expressive rendering: a review of nonphotorealistic techniques, IEEE Computer Graphics & Applications, 15 (3): 29-37.

Mitchell W.J. 1992. The Reconfigured Eye, MIT, Cambridge.

O'Connor, Jennifer. 2010. Mastering mental ray: rendering techniques for 3D and CAD professionals. Wiley, Indianapolis.

Pallant, Chris. 2015. Animated Landscapes: history, form and function. Bloomsbury, New York.

Rymaszewski, M., Au, W.J., Wallace, M., Winters, C., Ondrejka, C., and Batstone-Cunningham, B. 2007. Second Life: The Official Guide, Wiley, Indianapolis, IN.

Tannenbaum, Robert S. 1998. Theoretical Foundations of Multimedia. Computer Science Press, New York.

Wells, Paul. 1998. Understanding Animation. Routledge.

Williams, Richard. 2009. The Animator's Survival Kit. Faber and Faber.

Zeman, Nicholas B. 2015. Essential Skills for 3D Modeling, Rendering and Animation. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.

*** Recommended book for learning Maya
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywords3D,animated design
Course organiserDr Andrew Connor
Tel: (0131 6)50 2808
Course secretaryMrs Rosie Hall
Tel: 0131 651 5802
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