Techniques of Traditional Cartoon and Digital Animation

Université Catholique de Lille

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Techniques of Traditional Cartoon and Digital Animation

  • Host University

    Université Catholique de Lille

  • Location

    Lille, France

  • Area of Study

    Animation, Art

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course will provide students with an introduction to / overview of:
    Drawing anatomy
    Drawing for animation
    Traditional animation
    Digital animation / TV Paint software

    Course sessions will include:
    1. Introduction to drawing / anatomy - Constructive anatomy
    2. Live model / movement capture: dynamic poses & expression
    3. Live model / movement break-down
    4. Live model / volume, shading, posing
    5. Character design for animation: construction 
    6. Character design for animation: graphic development
    7. Character design for animation: Coloring / Shading
    8. Digital animation tech: Animation exercise + overview of TV Paint
    9. Digital animation tech: Animation exercise, "Key Pose – Interpolation"
    10. Digital animation tech: Animation exercise, "Character animation"
    11. Digital animation tech: Animation exercise, "Cycles"
    12. Digital animation tech: Animation exercise, "Clean "
    13. Digital animation tech: Animation exercise, "Ink & Paint"
    14. Wrap-up and evaluation

    Learning Outcomes:
    By the end of the course, the students should have successfully:

    - Discovered a technical approach to drawing for animation
    - Understood 2D animation pipeline
    - Experimented and built their first 2D animation
    - Utilized TV Paint Software

    The course is built around workshops combining theory and practice. The “making-of” process for
    various animated shots be on display. Students will guided in the development of their work, and will
    visit two animation studios.

    All course materials will be supplied in class. References may be made to the following resources:
    - The Animator’s Survival Kit. Richard Williams
    - Drawn To Life. Preston Blair
    - Morpho. Michel Lauricella.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations