OPEN TO SOPHOMORES, JUNIORS, AND SENIORS 1.0 MAJOR CREDIT AT LEVEL 9 / .5 ELECTIVE CREDIT
This yearlong course encompasses graphic novels, storyboarding, principles of animation, and cell frame layout design. Building on sequencing concepts and skills developed first semester in rendering 2D graphic layouts, the second semester is immersion in 3-D character animation, character design, and computer graphics, utilizing ideas formulated in the first semester. Students work individually and collaboratively to produce a culminating project that synthesizes all aspects of sequential production work done both semesters. The culminating project encompasses the arc of 2D concept design and layout, animation direction to postproduction, and Maya-aided computer animation. The use of traditional art media in digital contexts is central to the class. Drawing and observational skills are emphasized throughout. The course stresses problem solving and art making, utilizing textual, 2-D, and digital animation literacies. Final projects may be published on the web. Homework is assigned to students choosing this course for major credit. Students are required to purchase a USB jump drive and an art kit.