COURSES :: ME120.723 :: digital imaging IV - 2d animation

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    Offered: Fourth Quarter, First Year
    Instructors: Jennifer E. Fairman, Assistant Professor

    Credits: 3 credit hours

    Theory and techniques for creation of dynamic animation, optimized for electronic presentation media, including CD or DVD presentation, video and Internet broadcast.

    COURSE objectives

  • Secure a working knowledge of the animation production process, including, outline and script, storyboard, audio and image production and implementation.
  • Create didactic animation sequence for electronic publication.
  • Understand the principles of raster-based animation and authoring application Adobe After Effects.
  • Recognize factors involved in creating dynamic file types such as frame rate, data rate, bit depth, and how these factors affect playback.
  • Understand considerations for preparing artwork for various broadcast media.
  • Render and publish animation on CD or DVD


    Course syllabus, Macintosh or PC computer hardware and software, specifically Adobe After Effects 7.0, removable media, scanners, Ethernet/internet connectivity, stylus-based input devices, CD-ROM drives, laser and color printers. Software manuals, tutorials, and third-party books and handouts on various computer topics will also be made available.

    COURSE assignments

    Students will further develop their skills through class lectures/teaching demonstrations, and class exercises, including:

  • Researching the assigned topic
  • Creating an outline, storyboard and script
  • Recording, editing and implementing digital sound files
  • Creating base-art in Adobe Photoshop
  • Choreographing animation in After Effects
  • Rendering animation for publication or broadcast

    COURSE evaluation

  • 1:1 faculty-student interface
  • Interim class critiques
  • Written critique on final project
  • Evaluation is weighted on storyboards (with script) and final animations
  • Final grade


    Refer to First Year Calenders and Class Schedule included in Course Syllabus

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