3D Computer Animation

UTS

Course Description

  • Course Name

    3D Computer Animation

  • Host University

    UTS

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Animation, Graphic Design, Information Technologies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    31264 Introduction to Computer Graphics OR 31140 Introduction to Computer Graphics

    Recommended studies: basic knowledge of drawing and 2D digital image processing (basic Photoshop) is useful

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    6
  • Overview

    Description
    This subject covers the major areas of 3D computer animation. It provides students with the opportunity to learn a major commercial 3D modelling, animation, and rendering package. The subject also covers the principles and practice of pre-production planning, production management and post-production of an animation project. The subject is project-based, and each student develops an animation of their choice.
     
    Subject objectives
    Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
     
    1. Demonstrate an understanding of the theory of the design and production of 3D digital animation.
    2. Develop animation skills and the ability to look at motion analytically. Students should be able to break down movement into key positions and qualitatively understand the physics associated with this movement.
    3. Gain a working knowledge of the processes and workflows associated with designing and rigging a basic character for 3D Animation.
    4. Create a character-based 3D Animation from planning stage (storyboard) to final 3D rendered short.
    This subject also contributes specifically to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
     
    Establish priorities and goals (A.2)
    Design components, systems and/or processes to meet required specifications (B.2)
    Synthesise alternative/innovative solutions, concepts and procedures (B.3)
    Implement and test solutions (B.5)
    Manage own time and processes effectively by prioritising competing demands to achieve personal goals (Manage self) (D.1)
    Teaching and learning strategies
    2 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial each week
     
    Content
    Animation principles, hierarchy and skeleton, character animation (walk cycles, interaction with objects), kinematics, modeling for animation, lighting and rendering, dynamics.
     
    Assessment
    Assessment task 1: Screenplay, Storyboards and Character designs
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives:
     
    1, 2 and 3
     
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
     
    A.2 and B.2
     
    Type: Design/drawing/plan/sketch
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 15%
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    1 A.2
    2 B.2
    3
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 2: Animation Principles
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives:
     
    2 and 3
     
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
     
    A.2, B.2 and B.3
     
    Type: Demonstration
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 25%
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    2 A.2
    3 B.2
    B.3
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 3: 3D Animated Short
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives:
     
    1, 2, 3 and 4
     
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
     
    B.2, B.5 and D.1
     
    Type: Project
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 60%
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    1 B.2
    2 B.5
    3 D.1
    4
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.