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Undergraduate Course: Animating Stories (DESI10135)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAnimating 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to students on a Degree Programme in the School of Design
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesOnly available to visiting students in the Design School
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  9
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( 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 173 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course has two components of assessment:

1. Up to 5 minute film (2min 40 to 5 min) (70%), May exam diet.

2. 1500 word (1300-1500) reflective journal (30%), May exam diet.

Learning Outcomes are weighted as follows:
LO1 is assessed against component 1 - Film (35%)
LO2 is assessed against component 1 Film (35%)
LO3 is assessed against component 2 - Reflective Journal (30%)
Feedback 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
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical knowledge and understanding of using narrative forms and structures to create animation.
  2. Apply animation skills to execute a creative and original film using a range of techniques.
  3. Critically review your process and outcome through a reflective journal
Reading List
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.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Critical thinking, analytical thinking, communication, research skills, documentation

Course organiserDr Nichola Dobson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5964
Course secretaryMr Paddy Marr
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