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Undergraduate Course: Animation 2A: Character (DESI08155)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course will serve as a primer in key animation principles, production methods and techniques. The course provides fundamental technical and conceptual knowledge and understanding that is vital for sustained practice as an animator.
Course description The course will cover:

1) Historical and contemporary precedents in material-based and virtualised animation methods;
2) Technical workshops in 2D and 3D physical and digital animation techniques;
3) Comparative analysis and practical synthesis and hybridisation of different production methods;
4) Analysis of movement and performance;
5) Training in relevant compositing, sound recording and editing techniques;
6) Production scheduling and management.

This course will comprise multiple projects, usually, but not exclusively, three, students will receive verbal feedback during each project, but they will receive written feedback upon a portfolio submission of all available projects in a formative assessment that takes place in the middle of the semester, and a final portfolio submission for summative assessment at the end of the semester.

Illustrative examples of possible projects include (but are not limited to): the study of a set of animation principles and their application through mirrored physical and digital workflows. This could consist of an exploration of the basic animation requirement for a simulation of human movement, a walk cycle. The creation of a convincing walk through the use of physical puppets, their attendant armatures, and the use of an actual camera, and its development through a disembodied mirror of this method, through the use of CGI models and their associated rigs, using virtualised cameras.

Development of projects, and evaluation of production method and personal performance with them, will be documented via a continuous online design journal.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  21
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 4, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 15, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 51, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 6, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 314 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course has two components of assessment.

Component 1: Research work in the form of digitised sketchbook and written notation, presented digitally as a PDF - between 10 and 15 pages. December exam diet. 50%

Component 2: Animated film work submitted as MP4 digital files, for web play back. Total collated animated work produced expected duration between 3 and 5 minutes in length. December exam Diet. 50%

Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:

LO1 component 1.
LO2 component 2.
LO3 components 1 and 2.
Feedback Formative Feedback

Verbal feedback will be given at the mid-point of the course between weeks 5 and 7 when students will be asked to present-work-in progress sketchbook and / or film work for peer and tutor feedback.

Summative Feedback

Documentation of individual written feedback and final grades delivered via Learn as per University regulations.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research and plan using a range of pre-production methods appropriate to the project briefs set.
  2. Develop and use of a range of physical and digital methods appropriate to animation production.
  3. Independently manage time across multiple film projects and their associated production methods (including pre and post production)
Reading List
Purves, B. Basics Animation 04 Stop Motion, AVA Publishing (2010)
Pikkov, U. Animasophy, Estonian Academy of Arts (2010)
Palamar, T. Mastering Maya 2016, Autodesk Official Press (2015)
Adobe Creative Team, Adobe After Effects CC Classroom In A Book (2013)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Organisation, evaluation, problem solving, self-reflection, critical thinking, collaboration, practical camera, lighting, sound recording and non-linear editing skills, creative understanding of cinematic grammar and production technologies.
KeywordsAnimation,Film,Research,Collaboration,Teamwork,production technique
Course organiserMr Alan Mason
Tel: 0131 221 6135
Course secretaryMiss Emili Astrom
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