MMVP1580 Animation

This course will introduce the student to the principles of animation. Students will use cartoon style animation techniques to explore storytelling, creative visualization, and character development through the animation process. Students will learn about the digital animation workflow as they produce an animated short.




MMVP1500 or instructor approval

Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Apply narrative structure to animation
Develop visualizations through storyboarding
Design characters from hand drawn, photographic, and vector-based sources
Create character walk cycles, lip synchronization, and action movements
Demonstrate the 12 principles of animation
Utilize animation production workflows
Create diverse environments for animations
Use audio for voice, music, and sound effects synchronized to visual assets
Apply IK (inverse kinematics) to character movements
Produce finished output animation files

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

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Credit Details