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Animation for Television, Film, and New Media - AAS

SCC’s new Animation for Television, Film and New Media program will prepare students to enter into a wide variety of careers in computer generated and stop motion animation for Information, Entertainment, Gaming and New Media industries.

Students will use state-of-the-art technology in SCC’s all-new Animation Computer Lab and Stop Motion Lab located on the West Burlington campus.

Course competencies will include understanding the fundamentals of film, art, computers and new media communications. Skills in storytelling, 3-D animation, production, modeling, texturing, rendering and lighting, motion graphics, stop motion, technical and character animation and demo reel will be emphasized.

This broad-based instructional program will also feature training in a number of industry-specific software applications, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Maya, 3DS Max, Z Brush, Blender and Combustion.
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Tyler Horn - Instructor, ext. 5256
Email: thorn@scciowa.edu
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Animation for Television, Film, and New Media - AAS

Specialty Topics Electives: ART-120, ART-123, ART-138, ART-143, ART-184, BIO-163, DRA-141.

 

* Choose 1 class from the group of available classes for this semester.

 
 Fall Semester  Credit
  ANI-101 ANIMATION SOFTWARE I     3
  ANI-116 EXPLORING HUMAN MOVEMENT     3
  ANI-136 STOP MOTION/VIDEO PRODUCTION     3
  ART-133 DRAWING     3
  DRA-110 INTRODUCTION TO FILM     3
  ENG-105 COMPOSITION I     3
 
 Spring Semester   
  ANI-100 STORY DEVELOPMENT FOR ANIMATION     3
  ANI-102 ANIMATION SOFTWARE II     3
  ANI-109 ANIMATION PRINCIPLES & TECHNIQUES     5
  ELECTIVE SPECIALTY TOPICS     4
*ENG-221 CREATIVE WRITING     3
*LIT-209 FORMS OF LITERATURE: FILM ADAPTATION     3
 
 Fall Semester   
  ANI-103 ANIMATION SOFTWARE III     3
  ANI-210 INTERMEDIATE ANIMATION     5
  ANI-952 TOPICS-ANIMATION     2
  ELECTIVE SPECIALTY TOPICS     4
  MAT-110 MATH FOR LIBERAL ARTS     3
 
 Spring Semester   
  ANI-104 ANIMATION SOFTWARE IV     3
  ANI-166 CAPSTONE AND DEMO REEL FOR ANIMATION     3
  ANI-211 ADVANCED ANIMATION     5
  ELECTIVE SPECIALTY TOPICS     4
*ANI-932 ANIMATION INTERNSHIP     3.7
*ANI-941 ANIMATION STUDIO PRACTICUM     3

Animation for Television, Film, and New Media - AAS

 

ANI-100 - STORY DEVELOPMENT FOR ANIMATION

Lecture: 3Lab: 0Credit: 3

Description: The purpose of this course is to introduce students to screenplay and story development. The student will be introduced to the heroic myth, its story structure and learn to relate it to modern screenplay construction through watching and analyzing screenplays. Students will be provided with the opportunity to develop their own story ideas and learn the stages of a typical story development pipeline through application and lecture. Corequisite: ENG-105.

 

ANI-101 - ANIMATION SOFTWARE I

Lecture: 2Lab: 2Credit: 3

Description: This course will introduce students to basic computer use and to the basic processes used in animation. Students will use industry standard software to develop art assets and will be exposed to topics such as 3D modeling and sculpting, basic rigging and skinning, animation, materials and lighting and texture mapping.

 

ANI-102 - ANIMATION SOFTWARE II

Lecture: 2Lab: 2Credit: 3

Description: Students will learn more advanced modeling & sculpting techniques to complete a low and hi-resolution character model. Lectures cover the use of anatomy as it pertains to modeling bipeds, as well as the technical needs for creating high quality deformable surfaces for animation. Students will also be introduced to basic lighting & compositing techniques. Prerequisites: ANI-101, ANI-116.

 

ANI-103 - ANIMATION SOFTWARE III

Lecture: 2Lab: 2Credit: 3

Description: This course teaches the skills necessary to create complex bipedal character rigs. Students will discover forward kinematics, inverse kinematics, constraints, and more in this step-by-step introduction to character rigging. Students will also gain a deeper understanding of both technical and character animation including applying motion capture data to rigs. Pre-requisite: ANI-102 Animation Software II

 

ANI-104 - ANIMATION SOFTWARE IV

Lecture: 2Lab: 2Credit: 3

Description: This course will provide students with an understanding of the visual effects and compositing workflows in animation. Students will create realistic visual effects using various simulation tools and techniques such as texture effects, particles & dynamics, motion tracking & match moving. Students will gain deeper knowledge of rendering to combine separate layers into a final image. Students will also learn advanced design principles as well as the social impact capable with motion graphics. Prerequisite: ANI-103.

 

ANI-109 - ANIMATION PRINCIPLES & TECHNIQUES

Lecture: 2Lab: 6Credit: 5

Description: This course will provide students with an applied knowledge of the 12 principles of animation, namely; squash/stretch, anticipation, staging, straight ahead/pose to pose, follow through/overlapping action, slow in/out, arcs, secondary action, timing, exaggeration, solid drawing, & appeal as well as a variety of techniques to help prepare them for animating in any medium. This course will also cover a history of animation. Prerequisites: ANI-101, ANI-116, ART-133.

 

ANI-116 - EXPLORING HUMAN MOVEMENT

Lecture: 2Lab: 2Credit: 3

Description: This course explores drawing fully realized characters and provides students with a simplified understanding of human anatomy. Students will learn to analyze figures to gain an understanding of strong body and weight mechanics as well as a good posing for animation. The groundwork for figure drawing will be established through a series of gesture and character studies with an emphasis being placed on building form through basic shapes, silhouette, proportion and expression.

 

ANI-136 - STOP MOTION/VIDEO PRODUCTION

Lecture: 2Lab: 2Credit: 3

Description: Students will be introduced to video equipment operation, techniques in video & stop motion production. Students will learn how to shoot and edit video. Students will also set lights & cameras for stop motion. Students will apply animation principles to arrive at their final product.

 

ANI-166 - CAPSTONE AND DEMO REEL FOR ANIMATION

Lecture: 2Lab: 2Credit: 3

Description: Follwing successful completion of animation core coursework, this course will prepare students for life after graduation by providing insight into the animation industry. Students will promote their ability to enter the industry workforce by editing together a demo reel as well as creating an electronic portfolio full of their best work. Students will discover how to best present their work as well as key mistakes to avoid when entering the animation industry. This course is also designed to help students develop the materials and skills necessary to obtain and maintain employment. Prerequisites: Successful completion of 50 hours of animation core course work.

 

ANI-210 - INTERMEDIATE ANIMATION

Lecture: 2Lab: 6Credit: 5

Description: Students will gain skills in the art of character animation as well as production workflows and techniques by practicing the application of the 12 principles of animation. Students will build a solid foundation of timing through comprehension of the subtleties of animation, while focusing on strong body and weight mechanics as well as good posing with strong silhouettes. This course will be divided into demos, exercises, lectures, and in-class critiques. Prerequisites: ANI-102 and ANI-109.

 

ANI-211 - ADVANCED ANIMATION

Lecture: 2Lab: 6Credit: 5

Description: This course covers the processes and techniques used to create believable and appealing body mechanics as well as an exploration of topics such as facial animaton and lip-sync techniques in animation. Quadruped body mechanics will also be analyzed to create physically accurate motion for creatures. This course will be divided into demos, exercises, lectures and in-class critique to help students develop a better understanding of the subtleties of good animation, working towards producing demo reel-quality scenes. Prerequisites: ANI-210 Intermediate Animation.

 

ANI-932 - ANIMATION INTERNSHIP

Lecture: 0Lab: 15Credit: 3.7

Description: This course is designed to provide the student with a practical experience in computer animation prior to completion of the Associate of Applied Science degree. The internship is supervised by the program coordinator & should be taken during the student's summer semester. Prerequisite: 48 hours completed towards the Computer Animation Program.

 

ANI-941 - ANIMATION STUDIO PRACTICUM

Lecture: 2Lab: 2Credit: 3

Description: This course is designed to provide students with a practical experience in computer animation prior to completion of the Associate of Applied Science degree. This course is intended for non-interning students. Prerequisite: 48 hours completed towards the Computer Animation Program.

 

ANI-952 - TOPICS-ANIMATION

Lecture: 1Lab: 2Credit: 2

Description: The purpose of this course is to improve the marketability of students by affording them the opportunity to learn software programs specific to the companies where they are applying to work. Students will use previously gained software knowledge to make class presentations demonstrating the basics of newly attained industry standard software. Prerequisite: ANI-102.

 

ART-133 - DRAWING

Lecture: 2Lab: 2Credit: 3

Description: A beginning drawing class in a variety of media using an assortment of subjects. The student will explore theories and concepts of drawing.

 

DRA-110 - INTRODUCTION TO FILM

Lecture: 3Lab: 0Credit: 3

Description: This course introduces students to the various language systems of film, including film-making techniques, creators, genres, narratives, ideology, and film theory/criticism. Students will explore the cultural importance of cinema as art by analyzing selected movies and clips which demonstrate artistic excellence.

 

ELECTSP - SPECIALTY TOPICS

Lecture: 3Lab: 2Credit: 4

Description: ART-123, ART-138, ART-143, ART-184, BIO-177, DRA-141.

 

ELECTSP - SPECIALTY TOPICS

Lecture: 3Lab: 2Credit: 4

Description: ART-123, ART-138, ART-143, ART-184, BIO-177, DRA-141.

 

ELECTSP - SPECIALTY TOPICS

Lecture: 3Lab: 2Credit: 4

Description: ART-123, ART-138, ART-143, ART-184, BIO-177, DRA-141.

 

ENG-105 - COMPOSITION I

Lecture: 3Lab: 0Credit: 3

Description: A study of the principles of writing. Emphasis on rhetoric, mechanics, and development of expository patterns: narration, description illustration, comparison/contrast, classification, process, and cause/effect. Required for AA and AS Degrees. Prerequisites: Mandatory COMPASS, ACT or AccuPlacer test score and madatory eWrite or WritePlacer score (per SCC Writing Scores & Mandatory Course Placement Chart), or a C- or above in ENG-061, College Preparatory Writing II. No waivers.

 

ENG-221 - CREATIVE WRITING

Lecture: 3Lab: 0Credit: 3

Description: Instruction and practice in multiple genres of creative writing. Students study the art, craft, and discipline of creative writing by reading, discussing, and critiquing the work of prominent writers; by experimenting with various writing methods and techniques; and by reading, discussing, and critiquing student work. Instruction, practice, and workshops will address elements of creative writing such as contenct, structure, form, and style in particular and multiple genres. This course may be repeated for up to 6 credit hours. Prerequisite: C- or above in ENG-105, Composition I. No Waivers.

 

LIT-209 - FORMS OF LITERATURE: FILM ADAPTATION

Lecture: 3Lab: 0Credit: 3

Description: Focuses on the relationship between literary works (fiction, drama, nonfiction, poetry or graphic literature) and their adaptations to film. Students explore the adaptation of literature to film; how the elements of plot, character, setting, point of view, symbol, and theme are adapted or altered from literature to film; and how film adaptations influence our understanding of both literature and film. Prerequisite: C- or above in ENG-105.

 

MAT-110 - MATH FOR LIBERAL ARTS

Lecture: 3Lab: 0Credit: 3

Description: Math for Liberal Arts is a survey course for students who have little background in mathematics. Topics include survey of sets, numbers, algebra, geometry, probability, and statistics. This course is not intended for Mathematics and Science majors. Prerequisites: MAT-062 with a grade of at least C- or equivalent or COMPASS Algebra score of 20 or higher or ACT Math score of 20-21 or math faculty approval.

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