Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Digital Animation and Graphics

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course



DESCRIPTION The study-unit provides students with hands on experience up to HD quality in the creation of audio visual/graphical productions. The study-unit will incorporate the various skills expected by an editor to visually enhance the content, and if necessary graphically using supporting material such as still graphics and animations. The study-unit will cover the principles of filming, editing, compositing in 2D and 3D, and animation, with a special emphasis towards creating movement via inanimate objects both in the traditional and digital environments. The study-unit also reinforces the link between the still and the moving image through the cross-platform use of various industry standard digital software packages. The study-unit will conclude with distribution platforms and their associated compression technology as students finalise their projects.

Study-unit Aims

- Understand the technologies and technical standards in today's digital media;
- Explore the convergence of still and moving imagery across media platforms;
- Explore the moving image in in filming, editing, compositing and animation within the digital game, TV and film scenarios;
- Provide hands-on experience in digital moving image processing and production;
- Optimise production workflow to address broadcast distribution.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- assess digital requirements for the completion of a mixed media production;
- gain a holisitic understanding of the moving image pipeline, across filming, editing, compositing and animation, and their respective principles and practices;
- investigate and apply graphic animation processes within a variety of digital and electronic scenarios.

2. Skills: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- generate a mixed media sequence from storyboard to final render;
- use the right animation software package for the specific needs of the final project;
- effectively apply traditional and digital animation techniques;
- optimise digital output for the cross-platform media.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

- Allen, D & Connor, B. (2006). Apple Pro Training Series: Encyclopedia of Visual Effects. Peachpit Press.
- Animation World Network. (2011). On Animation - The Director's Perspective. Course Technology PTR.
- Browne, S. (2007). High Definition Postproduction. Focal Press.
- Heller, S. (2002). The Graphic Design Reader. Allsworth Press.
- Jones, Angie. (2006). Thinking Animation: Bridging the Gap Between 2D and CG. Course Technology PTR.
- Van Hurkman, A. (2006). Apple Pro Training Series: Encyclopedia of Color Correction. Peachpit Press.
- Wells, P. (1998). Understanding Animation. Routledge.
- Wells, P. & Hardstaff, J. (2008). Re-Imagining Animation. AVA Publishing.
- Wohl, M. (2010). Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro 7 Advanced Editing. Peachpit Press.

Other journal articles related to the topic will be made available on the Study Unit e-Learning website

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study and Practical

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Classwork SEM2 No 30%
Project SEM2 No 70%
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 Daniel Zerafa

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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2019/0, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.