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Undergraduate Course: Animation 4C: Production & Post Production (DESI10098)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryWorking from the project plan established in either Animation 4A: Research & Pre-Production or Animation 4B: Pre- Production, students will develop most of their final film project's animation. The inevitable discrepancies and deviations from the initial plan that generated the animation will become a focus for the application of a responsive and creative set of problem solving skills to complete a major film project to a stage where it is ready for the next part of the workflow to begin in "Animation 4D: Promotion & Distribution".
Course description This advanced animation course is the culmination of an animation student's undergraduate journey, and revolves around the completion of a major animation project, initiated in the previous semester, and a journal that documents its production.

The course will cover:

Technical workshops around resolution, formats and codecs for exhibition
Use of AVID, Premiere, After Effects and Final Cut for compositing (available software may be updated, and this list is indicative rather than guaranteed)
Colour grading
Audio levelling and normalisation
Management of distributed rendering
Recruitment and support of voice talent, composers and sound designers
Recruitment and support of junior animators
Sustainable working practices for animators

This course primarily focuses on managing the logistical realities of animation production, and finding ways to operate within a production schedule that allow animators to maximise the return for their investment of time and effort.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Animation 3A: Animation For Clients (DESI10095) AND Animation 3B: Experimental Animation (DESI10096) AND Animation 3C: Disseminated Animation (DESI10097)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs 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:  16
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 5, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 15, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 60, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 306 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Feedback 1. Documentation of individual feedback and indicative grades via VLE for formative assessment at the midpoint of course;
2. Documentation of individual feedback and final grades via VLE for summative assessment at the end of course;
3. Self-evaluation is also carried out by student at formative and summative submission points and hosted on VLE
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. COORDINATE: Demonstrate the cohesive ability to control the assets and resources necessary for film production.
  2. ADJUST: Demonstrate the ability to respond to film production realities through creative problem-solving.
  3. RESOLVE: Demonstrate the timely completion of a major animation project.
Reading List
Winder, C. Animation Production Focal Press (2011)

Milic, L. The Animation Producer's Handbook Open University Press (2006)

Bancroft, T. Directing for Animation: Everything You Didn't Learn in Art School Focal Press (2014)

James, J. Fix It In Post: Solutions for Postproduction Problems Focal Press (2009)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Organisation, evaluation, problem solving, self-reflection, critical thinking, collaboration, negotiation, analysis, contingency planning, adaptability
KeywordsAnimation,Film,Live projects,External clients,Project management
Course organiserMr Alan Mason
Tel: 0131 221 6135
Course secretaryMr Paddy Marr
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