Animation for Television, Film and New Media - AAS

West Burlington campus

Curriculum Sequence

Fall Semester I Course Title Credit
ANI-100 Art Foundation for Animation 3
ANI-110 Introduction to 3D 3
ANI-120 Introduction to Animation 3
ART-133 Drawing 3
ENG-105 Composition I 3
Semester Total: 15
Spring Semester I Course Title Credit
ANI-111 Character Modeling and Sculpting 3
ANI-121 Character Animation 1 3
ANI-125 Story Development for Animation 3
ART-138 Figure Drawing 3
Take 1 of these courses:
ENG-221 Creative Writing 3
LIT-209 Forms of Literature: Film Adaptation 3
Semester Total: 15
Summer Semester I Course Title Credit
DRA-110 Introduction to Film 3
Take ANI-932 or WBL-107 as 3 credits:
ANI-932 Internship 3
WBL-107 Exploring Careers: Applied Digital, Visual, and Communication Arts 1-3
Semester Total: 6
Fall Semester II Course Title Credit
ANI-212 Character Rigging 3
ANI-222 Character Animation 2 3
ANI-230 Animation Pre-production 3
ART-120 2-D Design 3
MAT-712 Business Math 3
Semester Total: 15
Spring Semester II Course Title Credit
ANI-166 Capstone and Demo Reel for Animation 4
ANI-231 Animation Production 5
BUS-150 E-Commerce 3
ART-143 Painting 3
Semester Total: 15
PROGRAM TOTAL: 66

ANI-100 - Art Foundation for Animation

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course will provide students with knowledge of foundational art topics with a focus on how they are applied to animation. Concepts focusing on form, design, perspective, value, composition and color will be combined with lectures that explore the foundations of drawing fully realized characters and creating compelling environment compositions. This course is designed to introduce concepts that will help students become better artists through demos, exercises, lectures and in-class critiques.

ANI-110 - Introduction to 3D

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course focuses on 3D modeling, texturing, lighting and rendering to introduce and help students develop foundational skills in 3D computer graphics. Lectures and projects cover applications and tools used in the animation, film and game industries to prepare students to face both artistic and technical challenges when creating 3D works of art.

ANI-120 - Introduction to Animation

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

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 and appeal. Students will use a variety of techniques to help prepare them for animating in any medium. This course will be divided into demos, exercises, lectures and in-class critique to help students develop an understanding of Animation Principles and Techniques.

ART-133 - Drawing

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

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

ENG-105 - Composition I

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

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. Prerequisite: Meet minimum test score requirements.

ANI-111 - Character Modeling and Sculpting

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course will provide students with knowledge of foundational art topics with a focus on how they are applied to animation. Concepts focusing on form, design, perspective, value, composition and color will be combined with lectures that explore the foundations of drawing fully realized characters and creating compelling environment compositions. This course is designed to introduce concepts that will help students become better artists through demos, exercises, lectures and in-class critiques. Prerequisites: ANI-100 and ANI-110.

ANI-121 - Character Animation 1

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course covers the processes and techniques used to animate believable and appealing body mechanics. Students will gain skills in the art of character animation while focusing on the application of the 12 principles of animation. Production workflows and techniques will be explored through practicing fundamentals while focusing on strong body and weight mechanics as well as good posing for animation. This course will be divided into demos, exercises, lectures and in-class critiques.  Prerequisites: ANI-111, ANI-110 and ANI-120.

ANI-125 - Story Development for Animation

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to screenplay and story development for animation. The student will be introduced to the heroic myth, its story structure, and learn to relate it to modem screenplay construction through watching and analyzing screenplays. Fundamentals of cinema including framing, angles, cutting, camera movement and creating clear transitions will be explored as students are provided the opportunity to develop their own story ideas and learn the stages of a typical story development pipeline in animation. Upon completion of this course, students will have developed an individual story project through the animatic phase. Prerequisites: ANI-100 and ANI-120.

ART-138 - Figure Drawing

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course introduces the students to figurative drawing. We will focus on structure of the human figure and compositional representation through observation. An emphasis will be placed on refining skills of observation and proportioning of the picture plane. A dialogue on formal aspects covered in Drawing I will continue. Personal expression, approach and conceptual language will be covered through assignments and from a figurative historical perspective. Prerequisite: ART-133.

ENG-221 - Creative Writing

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

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 content, structure, form and style in particular and multiple genres. This course may be repeated for up to 6 credit hours. Prerequisite: ENG-105 with a minimum grade of C-.

LIT-209 - Forms of Literature: Film Adaptation

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

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: Minimum grade of C- in ENG-105.

ANI-932 - Internship

OJT: 12

Credit: 3

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. This course is also designed to help students develop materials and skills necessary to obtain and maintain employment. Prerequisites: ANI-111, ANI-121, ANI-125, ART-138, ENG-221 and LIT-209.

WBL-107 - Exploring Careers: Applied Digital, Visual, and Communication Arts

This course will provide guidance in choosing a career goal and preparing for employment in Applied Digital, Visual and Communication Arts careers. Emphasis will be placed on identifying interests, abilities, and values and exploring options for careers. Students will learn how to access labor market information and employment trends. Additionally, students will develop the skills and aptitudes necessary to obtain employment in these fields, emphasizing the development of characteristics associated with job success.

DRA-110 - Introduction to Film

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

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.

ANI-212 - Character Rigging

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course will serve as a step-by-step introduction to character rigging. Emphasis is placed on creating character rigs through exploring bone creation and placement, setting up constraints, working with inverse and forward kinematics, skinning meshes to bones and creating controls for animation. Lectures include a mixture of rigging demonstrations and techniques to help students create rigs that will allow them to successfully animate characters. Prerequisites: ANI-111 and ANI-121.

ANI-222 - Character Animation 2

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

In this course, students will learn how to bring a character to life through the exploration of pantomime acting and animating dialogue. Lectures and demonstrations cover topics including acting for animators, facial animation and lip-sync techniques. 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 while working towards producing demo reel-quality scenes. Prerequisites: ANI-111, ANI-121 and ANI-125.

ANI-230 - Animation Pre-production

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

In this course students will complete the pre-production phase of their animation project(s). Students will work as individuals or as a team to craft engaging stories and develop assets including props, characters, and environments for their animation projects. Emphasis is placed on the identification and utilization of individual strengths in the context of a production environment. Prerequisites: ANI-111, ANI-121, and ANI-125.

ART-120 - 2-D Design

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This beginning level course for either non-art or art majors allows the student to explore a variety of two dimensional media such as pencil, ink, pastel, watercolor, acrylics, etc., applied on paper and other types of surfaces. A variety of design styles and methods will be introduced using the various elements and principles of design.

MAT-712 - Business Math

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course provides a study of math fundamentals and their application to business situations. Topics covered include banking procedures, payroll and taxes, weights and measurements, fractions and percentages, commissions, discounts, mark-ups/mark-downs, borrowing and interest, and insurance copays and deductibles. Microsoft Excel and traditional methods will be used to make common business decisions.

ANI-166 - Capstone and Demo Reel for Animation

Lecture: 2

Lab: 4

Credit: 4

Following successful completion of animation core coursework, this course will provide the student with guidance in promoting their skills as an artist and entering the industry. Students will work to refine previously created projects or work on new projects to a build a stronger, more professional body of work. By the end of this course students will have created a demo reel and an electronic portfolio that showcases their unique abilities. Prerequisites: ANI-212, ANI-222 and ANI-230.

ANI-231 - Animation Production

Lecture: 2

Lab: 6

Credit: 5

In this course students will complete the production and post-production stages of their animation(s). Character animation, effects, props, environments and audio will be finalized to bring stories to life. Through an exploration of the production process, students will continue to develop and deliver content. Through the exploration of the post production process, students focus on rendering, compositing and editing their final animation(s) to achieve polished pieces. Emphasis is placed on the identification and utilization of individual strengths in the context of a production environment. Prerequisites: ANI-212, ANI-222, and ANI-230.

BUS-150 - E-Commerce

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course will introduce the student to the basic elements of electronic commerce as a market where commercial activities are conducted. It will focus on business concepts and how to apply technology in order to be successful. Topics include market trends, globalizing a company, vendor solutions, storefronts, advertising, resource requirements and operational issues of launching a commercial presence in today’s global electronic marketplace.

ART-143 - Painting

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

A beginning painting course for non-art or art majors in a variety of media. A variety of subjects, theories and concepts will be considered.

Tyler Horn - Assistant Professor, (319) 208-5000 ext. 5256

Email: thorn@scciowa.edu
BFA, The Illinois Institute of Art at Schaumburg

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