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Undergraduate Course: Animation 2C: Documentary (DESI08075)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will teach students how to collaboratively research, produce, and disseminate non-fiction film. Students will bring their own interests and animation skills and styles to develop their own strengths while working with others.
Course description Students will attend a series of online lectures and screenings that cover the theoretical, historical and ethical issues around the emergent conventions of animated documentary.

Seminars following on from these lectures will centre on principles of interdisciplinary collaboration, and then the students will be required to form teams that embody a range of practical and theoretical skills.

The course from this point on will consist of teamwork in the initiation of project ideas, their proof through research, and eventual realisation in a documentary film. The practical processes of filmmaking will be supported in technical workshops where possible.

Films (including storyboards and animatics) will be assessed as a shared document of process for each team, but individual students will be required to maintain a digitised journal that details their research process and contribution to the film. The student will also evaluate their own performance on the course and group work in a short, individual written reflective statement (700 words)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements If this course is core to your programme, you will automatically be enrolled.

For all other students, the course is open on a first come, first served basis until the course is full. Availability may be limited.

Students who wish to take the course as an elective must 1) have prior experience in film-making in either animation or live action and 2) obtain permission to enrol from the Course Organiser.
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.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  21
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 4, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 30, 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 153 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% coursework submission to Learn comprising of:

- Digitised journal of research process supporting the film.
- Film
- Individual written reflective statement (700 words)

Learning Outcome 1 applied to research work in the form of a digitised personal journal which collates together digitised sketchbooks, notes and documentation of film planning. 33.3% of grade.

Learning Outcome 2 applied to the film output. 33.3% of grade

Learning Outcome 3 applied to individual written reflective statement - 700 words. 33.3% of grade

Learning outcomes weighted equally
Feedback Groups can pitch projects online and verbal feedback will be given via online tutorials.

Common feedback points will be written and shared on VLE platform with entire class.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Initiate: Produce viable ethical, project proposals evidenced in a journal of research imagery and documentation.
  2. Realise: Develop project proposals for documentary film through to finished film artefacts (as far as possible).
  3. Collaborate: Work effectively within your group, presenting and reflecting on your personal strengths, and areas for improvement related to performance on project.
Reading List
Honess Roe, B. Animated Documentary. Palgrave Macmilan (2013)
Kriger, J. Animated Realism. Focal Press (2012)
Finke, T. & Manger, S. Informotion. Geschtalten (2012)
Films & DVDs
Bass, S. Why Man Creates. Pyramid Media (1968)
Eames, R. & Eames, C. Powers Of Ten. IBM (1977)
Popova, M. Animating Reality. A&E Video (2010)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Organisation, planning, interpersonal, evaluative, problem solving, research, ethical awareness, self reflection, critical thinking, collaborative, practical camera, lights, recording skills, non linear editing, cinematic grammar, creative use of technology.
Course organiserMrs Rachel Everitt
Tel: (0131 6)51 5964
Course secretaryMr Paddy Marr
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