Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Introduction to Animation

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION The study-unit will expose students to a number of 2D and 3D animation practices. The unit will first look at the historical and technical evolution of animation as contextual material for the investigation into the various animation forms and their integration into popular media.

Through hands on practice, students will be introduced to the concepts in digital animation through hands-on projects including kinetic text, rotoscoping, stopmotion and 3D modeling.

Lectures will also include case studies and discussions around the animation that is currently in use on Television, Film and Interactive Media.

Study-unit Aims:

- Lay the foundations of simple digital animation practice;
- Give students the necessary experience of relevant tools;
- Foster a culture of critical, self-reflection and peer evaluation.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- translate ideas into images via sketchbook practice;
- exploit story-telling, animation techniques;
- express narrative using visual techniques;
- comprehend the cultural contexts in which stories are visually transmitted.

2. Skills

By the end of the study-unit the student will be conversant with the process of animation through experimentation with a variety of digital media.

Reading List:

- Furniss, M. (2008), The Animation Bible: A practical guide to the art of animating, from flipbooks to Flash, Abrams.
- Chong A. (2008), Digital Animation, AVA Publishing.
- Wells, P. (2006). Fundamentals of Animation, AVA Publishing.

Other journal articles related to the topic will be made available on the study-unit e-Learning website.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Studio Practice

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation SEM2 No 10%
Practical Exercises SEM2 Yes 30%
Portfolio SEM2 Yes 60%
Important - Due to the COVID19 Pandemic the information regarding the method of assessment indicated above may have been changed. Further details have been provided by your F/I/C/S.

LECTURER/S Fabrizio Cali
Daniel Zerafa

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