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Postgraduate Course: Performing Animation (DESI11167)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryStepping out of the 'traditional animation studio' this course will explore historical as well as current use of animated performance with use of the environment and human figure at its core. This course will cover pixilation of large scale and small scale objects and the human figure moving in the environment by use of portable capture methods. There will be opportunity to work collaboratively with drama and dance practitioners exploring aspects of rotoscoping footage of the human figure. The course will focus on the creation of a single, or series of short films, as well as a research folio/document of imagery and writing.
Course description The notion of performance in animation is a growing area with an increase in the number of publications on the subject as well as the rise in animation practitioners, such as Kathy Rose, incorporating dance and live performance in their work. This course aims to examine the history and theory of the animator as performer, from the early 'hand of the animator' and trick film to full human pixilation and all forms in between. As well as interrogating practices of these kinds, students will explore the various methods of creating this work in their studio practice.

The course will be delivered through a mixture of workshops, seminars and lectures with an expected output of movement studies in a body of research and films and a critical response through a short piece of reflective writing.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Use a variety of research approaches to show a critical awareness and understanding of animation performance.
  2. Undertake a series of animation tests to interrogate and evaluate methods of creating movement in animation using non-traditional means.
  3. Document your critical awareness, understanding of theories, and explored concepts in writing.
  4. Apply knowledge and planning to a personal line of enquiry, resulting in the output of an animated sequence.
Reading List
Crafton, D. (2013) 'Shadow of a Mouse, Performance, Belief and World Making in Animation', University of California Press.
Honess Roe, A. (2018) Animation and Performance, in Dobson, Honess Roe, Ratelle and Ruddell (Ed.) 'The Animation Studies Reader,' Bloomsbury.
Dobson, N. (2015) 'Dancing to the Rhythm of the Music: Norman McLaren and the Performing Body,' Animation Studies, Volume 9.
Tomlinson, L. (2013) 'The dance of the live and the animated: Performance animation by Kathy Rose, Miwa Matreyek and Eva Hall' in Animation Practice, Process & Production, Volume 3 Numbers 1 & 2
Campbell, S. (2013) 'Performance Drawing for Animators: Breaking Conventions and Exploring Experience' in Animation Practice, Process & Production, Volume 3 Numbers 1 & 2
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Upon completion of the course students will be able to:
Demonstrate their knowledge and critical understanding of specialised theories of animated performance which informs industrial practice and contemporary challenges to their sector.
Be able to plan, present and execute their personal projects to a professional level in a timely way.
Exercise substantial autonomy in their personal research and be able to reflect on critical responses to consolidate their practice.
Course organiserMrs Rachel Everitt
Tel: (0131 6)51 5964
Course secretaryMs Jane Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5713
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